Since the start of 2016, significant turns in the direction of the AUD/USD have worked as a good leading indicator to trend changes in the other G-7 currency pairs and the USD, in general.
Some foreign exchange commentators pin this forward looking correlation to the fact that over the last six months the AUD/USD trend has been acutely sensitive to Central Bank policy expectations and price swings of commodity metals and minerals……..Which have also driven the USD versus the other G-7 pairs.
Recall that the AUD/USD bottomed out at around the .6850 level in Mid-January over a month before the EUR/USD turned higher from the 1.0820 level in early March. More recently, the Aussie peaked out at .7835 on April 21st while the broader turn in the Major pairs didn’t reach the highs until May 3rd. Further, over the last two weeks, the AUD/USD bottomed on May 24th while the others didn’t turn until May 30th.
This is significant because the AUD/USD rejected the .7500 level during yesterday’s Asian session and posted a key reversal lower during the NY session with the close below .7430. And while the RBA held on rates on Tuesday, the price of copper extended its recent slide to 4-month lows just above $2.00 per pound.
Whether or not AUD maintains its role as a leading indicator for price action will be determined over the next few sessions. We still prefer the short side of the pair.