FXStreet (Delhi) – Research Team at BNP Paribas, maintains a bearish bias on AUDUSD in the aftermath of the RBA rate decision, holding on to our 0.70 put expiring on Friday.

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“The Statement on Monetary Policy on Friday should offer more detail on the RBA’s current thinking. Furthermore the risks to AUDUSD surrounding US nonfarm payrolls this week appear asymmetric – a strong number should help the USD via higher yields, while a weak number would likely add to risk aversion and weigh on the AUD. 

Australian data this morning was weak with the trade deficit widening by AUD 1 billion more than expected at -3.535 billion. Building approvals are negative at -2.5% yy after averaging 20% y/y for most of 2015. This combination has weakend AUDUSD. 

In contrast, New Zealand employment and wage growth were both robust with unemployment falling sharply. The RBNZ signalled a renewed easing bias in December and softer jobs data could see the markets price in higher probability of a March rate cut. 

The disconnect between local data points implies markets are not pricing enough RBA easing into AUD. We stressed yesterday that FX markets hold a much larger NZD short exposure at -34 compared to AUD at -6.”