The AUD/USD pair struggled to capitalize on its modest intraday bounce from the vicinity of the monthly low. The pair remained below the 0.6900 mark heading into the North American session.
Concerns that a more aggressive move by major central banks would pose challenges to global economic growth continued weighing on investor’ sentiment. This was evident from a generally weaker tone around the equity markets, which provided a fresh lift to the safe-haven USD and acted as a headwind for the risk-sensitive aussie.
The USD shot closer to a two-decade high and was also underpinned by Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s overnight hawkish remarks, reaffirming a faster policy tightening path. Speaking at the ECB’s annual forum, Powell said that the Fed remains focused on getting inflation under control and the market pricing is pretty close to the dot plot.
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Hence, the market focus will remain glued to the release of the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, the Core PCE Price Index. The data would influence the USD price dynamics and provide a fresh impetus to the AUD/USD pair. In the meantime, the USD bulls seemed rather unaffected by the ongoing decline in the US Treasury bond yields.
The fundamental backdrop supports prospects for an extension of the recent depreciating move for the AUD/USD pair, though bearish traders might wait for sustained weakness below the 0.6850 area. Spot prices might then aim to challenge the YTD low, around the 0.6830-0.6825 region touched in May, before eventually dropping to the 0.6800 mark.