The Australian Dollar (AUD) inched lower against the US Dollar (USD) on Friday December 8, decreasing the price of AUDUSD to less than 0.7550 following some key economic releases. The technical bias shall remain bearish because of a lower low in the ongoing downside move.
AUD/USD Technical Analysis
As of this writing, the pair is being traded around 0.7514. A support can be noted around 0.7500, an immediate horizontal support ahead of 0.7450 the psychological number and then 0.7367, another key horizontal support as demonstrated in the given below chart.
On the upside, a hurdle can be noted near 0.8024, an immediate horizontal resistance level ahead of 0.8100, the psychological level and then 0.8249, the high of the last major upside rally as demonstrated in the given above chart. The technical bias shall remain bearish as long as the 0.8024 resistance area is intact.
US Jobless Claims Data
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting a rapid tightening of the labor market that bolsters expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next week.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 236,000 for the week ended Dec. 2, the Labor Department said on Thursday. It was the third straight weekly decline in claims.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims rising to 240,000 in the latest week. Last week marked the 144th straight week that claims remained below the 300,000 threshold, which is associated with a strong labor market. That is the longest such stretch since 1970, when the labor market was smaller.
Considering the overall technical and fundamental outlook, selling the pair around current levels may be a good strategy in short to medium term.