In its latest report, Goldman Sachs cites expected weakness of iron ore, Australia’s key export, to weigh on AUD/USD prices in the next 12 months.”In addition to potentially lower front-end pricing, weaker iron ore prices may weigh on AUD/USD. Despite their recent surge, our commodity strategists expect that iron prices will fall over the next 12,” said Goldman.
That said, iron ore prices are on their way north to $200 after rising over 14% during the last month. The main catalysts could be China’s faster economic recovery and jumping vaccinations in the West.
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The US bank also mentioned OIS curve and comparatively strong US fundamentals to back the AUD/USD bears going forward. The report adds, “Despite generally rising commodity prices, Australia-specific factors may continue to hold back AUD/USD vs other USD crosses. Most importantly, the OIS curve substantially over-prices our expectations for policy rates, and our rates strategists now see a sufficiently compelling case to own the Aussie front end.”
Against this backdrop, AUD/USD has been trading in a choppy range between 0.7680 and 0.7820 for last three weeks and is recently picking up bids around 0.7750.
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