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11:50:46 17-05-2024

AUD/JPY remains below 104.00 after mixed economic data from China

  • AUD/JPY inches lower after the release of mixed Chinese data on Friday.
  • Chinas Retail Sales rose for the successive 15th month but the softest gain in this sequence.
  • Former BOJ chief economist Toshitaka Sekine suggested the central bank could raise the rate three times in 2024.

AUD/JPY hovers around 103.70 during the European trading hours on Friday. The Australian Dollar (AUD) continues to experience a decline, driven by recent mixed economic data from China. Any economic change in the Chinese economy could catalyze the Australian market as both nations are close trade partners.

China's Retail Sales (YoY) increased 2.3% in April, down from March's 3.1% and the expected 3.8%. This marks the 15th consecutive month of growth in retail activity but represents the slowest uptick in this trend. Meanwhile, Industrial Production improved 6.7% YoY, surpassing the anticipated 5.5% and the previous recording of 4.5%.

The Aussie Dollar had already been under pressure after Australia's employment figures released on Thursday presented a mixed picture. Australias Wage Price Index (QoQ) increased by 0.8% in the first quarter, falling short of the market's forecast of a 0.9% rise. This quarter's increase is the smallest since late 2022. Additionally, annual pay growth slowed slightly to 4.1%, down from the previous 4.2%, and below market expectations.

The Japanese Yen (JPY) encountered renewed pressure as the Bank of Japan (BoJ) maintained its bond-buying amounts on Friday from the previous operation, opting against a surprise cut to debt purchasing earlier in the week. Traders speculate that the BoJ might reduce bond buying at the June policy meeting. BOJ Governor Kazuo Ueda also mentioned that there are no immediate plans to sell the central banks ETF holdings.

In an interview with Bloomberg, former BOJ chief economist Toshitaka Sekine suggested that the Bank of Japan could raise its benchmark interest rate up to three more times this year. Sekine proposed that the next move could potentially occur as early as June, given the significant room available to adjust its current "excessively" easy settings.


Today last price 103.73
Today Daily Change -0.04
Today Daily Change % -0.04
Today daily open 103.77
Daily SMA20 101.98
Daily SMA50 100.13
Daily SMA100 98.74
Daily SMA200 97.18
Previous Daily High 103.82
Previous Daily Low 102.8
Previous Weekly High 103.12
Previous Weekly Low 100.98
Previous Monthly High 105.04
Previous Monthly Low 97.78
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 103.43
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 103.19
Daily Pivot Point S1 103.11
Daily Pivot Point S2 102.45
Daily Pivot Point S3 102.1
Daily Pivot Point R1 104.12
Daily Pivot Point R2 104.48
Daily Pivot Point R3 105.14



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