The AUD/USD pair lost ground by the end of the week, to finish it unchanged a few pips above the 0.7700 figure. The aussie took a hit from local data, as the preliminary estimate of December Retail Sales came in at -4.2% MoM, down from 7.1% in the previous month. The Commonwealth Bank Services PMI contracted from 57 to 55.8 in January, while the manufacturing index improved to 57.2 from 55.7.
The soft tone of global equities maintained the pair under pressure throughout the day. Stocks fell on the back of coronavirus and stimulus concerns. Australia will start the week with a bank holiday, which means it won’t publish macroeconomic data this Monday.
The AUD/USD pair is losing bullish potential but not yet bearish according to the daily chart. The pair is finding support around a bullish 20 SMA, which advances above the larger ones. In the meantime, technical indicators eased within positive levels, holding above their midlines. In the near-term and according to the 4-hour chart, the risk is skewed to the downside, as the pair settled below its 20 and 100 SMAs, which converge around 0.7735, as technical indicators develop within negative levels, with modest bearish slopes. Bears will likely take control of the pair if it loses 0.7640, a strong static support level.
Support levels: 0.7690 0.7640 0.7600
Resistance levels: 0.7735 0.7770 0.7815