Our catalyst for buying now is today’s release of the Aug. 2 Reserve Bank of Australia meeting minutes at 0130 GMT . If we remember back to the previous meeting minutes, the RBA came out more hawkish than expected and it led to a 500 pip boost in AUD/USD and 400 pip boost in AUD/CAD in the next two weeks. We expect to see something similar, albeit not as dramatic.
We like the trade because we believe there was a lively debate about hiking rates at the meeting. The discussion took place one week after Q2 CPI hit 3.6% y/y (compared to 3.3% in Q1). Officials in the statement emphasized that inflation had peaked but we don’t believe this was a universal sentiment. We also believe upbeat talk about the domestic economy could give AUD a boost.
The downside risks relate to offshore activity. The RBA was incredibly smart/lucky not to hike rates ahead of the wave of risk aversion that hit markets just hours after the decision. They noted external risks and, of course, some of those have come to pass. The risk to our trade is that the market will ignore upbeat comments on inflation and growth and recognize that some of the downside scenarios related to offshore developments have come to pass. Any discussion about cutting rates would cripple our trade but we see it as a less than 1% chance.
On balance, even if the main downside scenario comes to pass, we don’t see a large scope for AUD to fall.
Technicals were the primary driver for a long AUD/CAD trade I entered Friday. I announced the trade on twitter via FX_Button.
Every Friday, shortly before the market close, I take a look at the weekly charts and see if anything jumps out. This turnaround, along with probably reversals in CHF crosses caught my attention. The reversals in CHF look convincing but I’m reluctant to fight the huge upward trend in CHF.
Let’s have a look at AUD/CAD weekly chart.
The dragonfly doji reversal pattern is what jumped out. AUD also looks strong against USD but with this trade I minimize the difficult risk on/risk off trade.
Breaking down the fundamentals also creates a convincing trade. Despite the furor about the soft AUD jobs data and potential rates cuts this year, we are not yet convinced. The RBA took a small step toward HIKING rates at the last meeting, while warning about potential downside risks off shore. It appears as though some of those risks are coming to pass (esp. in US and Europe) but that, alone, will not be enough for the RBA to cut rates. At the same time, Chinese and Japanese data has been stronger than expected.
The same risks apply to Canada. What leaves CAD more vulnerable is that the market is pricing in rate hikes in Canada in the coming six months. With US growth faltering, we highly doubt those hikes are still on the table. If fact, we see the BOC as more likely to cut rates that the RBA.
With this trade, we will look to add around 1.03 for an initial target of 1.05. So far the early Asia-Pac trade has been good to us after a curious rally in CAD in the final 30 minutes of trading on Friday but us behind 35 pips almost immediately. Those losses have been recovered with the pair gaining 80 pips so far this week.