The Australian Dollar (AUD) plummeted against the US Dollar (USD) as investors flocked to safe havens before the highly anticipated US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) data release at 13:30 GMT. The Aussie tumbled below the critical support level of 0.6700 in early New York trading.
Market Jitters Fuel USD Rally:
Gloomy Outlook: S&P500 futures dipped in the European session, reflecting a cautious market mood.
USD Soars: The US Dollar Index (DXY) surged to a fresh three-week high at 102.70.
Yields Climb: 10-year US Treasury yields jumped to near 4.04%, further bolstering the Dollar’s appeal.
NFP in Focus:
Market Volatility Looms: The NFP release is expected to trigger significant volatility in the FX market.
Modest Jobs Growth Forecast: TD Securities analysts anticipate a steady 150,000-200,000 increase in payrolls for the third consecutive month.
Unemployment Uptick Predicted: They also project a slight rise in the unemployment rate to 3.8% from 3.7% in November.
Rate Cut Narrative at Risk:
Strong Jobs Data Could Derail March Cut Expectations: A robust NFP report could challenge the current narrative of potential Fed rate cuts starting in March.
Fed Hawks Circle: Recent hawkish comments from Fed policymakers have already dampened hopes for early rate cuts.
Aussie Dollar Eyes Retail Sales:
Consumer Spending in Focus: Australian Dollar investors will turn their attention to November’s monthly retail sales data on Tuesday.
Growth Expected: A 1.2% increase in consumer spending is forecast, following a 0.2% decline in October.
RBA Policy Implications: Strong retail sales could support the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) argument for maintaining elevated interest rates for longer.
In a nutshell:
- The AUD/USD is under pressure due to safe-haven flows ahead of the US NFP data.
- A strong NFP report could boost the USD and challenge hopes for early Fed rate cuts.
- Australian Dollar investors await November retail sales data, which could influence the RBA’s policy stance.