- AUD/USD meets with a fresh supply on Tuesday and is pressured by broad-based USD strength.
- Elevated US bond yields and looming recession risks lift the safe-haven USD to a two-month high.
- The fundamental backdrop favours bearish traders and supports prospects for a further decline.
The AUD/USD pair comes under heavy selling pressure on Tuesday and continues losing ground through the first half of the European session. Spot prices drop back closer to the monthly low touched last week, with bears now awaiting a sustained beak below the 0.6600 round-figure mark before placing fresh bets.
A combination of supporting factors lifts the US Dollar (USD) to its highest level since March 20, which, in turn, is seen weighing on the AUD/USD pair. The overnight hawkish remarks by a slew of influential Federal Reserve (Fed) officials lifted market bets that the US central bank will keep interest rates higher for longer. In fact, the markets are pricing in a small chance of another 25 bps lift-off at the June FOMC meeting. This, along with hopes that US politicians can come together on a debt ceiling deal, keeps the US Treasury bond yields elevated and continues to benefit the Greenback.
In fact, the yield on the benchmark 10-year US government bond rise for a seventh straight day on Monday and register its longest winning streak since April 2022. Apart from this, worries over slowing global growth, particularly in China, further benefit the safe-haven buck. It is worth recalling that data from China last week showed that the world’s second-largest economy underperformed in April. This, along with expectations that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) might refrain from hiking in June, contributes to the offered tone surrounding the AUD/USD pair.
The aforementioned fundamental backdrop suggests that the path of least resistance for spot prices is to the downside. Some follow-through selling below the 0.6600 mark will reaffirm the negative bias and make the AUD/USD pair vulnerable to challenge the YTD low, around the 0.6565 region touched in March. Traders now look to the US economic docket, featuring the flash PMI prints, New Home Sales data and the Richmond Manufacturing Index. This, along with the debt ceiling talks, might influence the USD and produce short-term trading opportunities around the major.