11 January, 2019
AUD/USD rose 0.38% on Friday to break out 0.72 and test a session high of 0.72189. The dollar fell versus its major peers on Friday, as investors grew increasingly confident that the U.S. Federal Reserve may hit the pause button on monetary tightening this year. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated on Thursday the U.S. central bank has the ability to be patient on monetary policy given that inflation remains stable. Markets are now pricing in no further rate hikes by the Fed this year. Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida also struck a dovish tone, underscoring the central bank’s willingness to remain patient on the issue of raising rates. In Australia, data overnight showed that Australian retail sales grew solidly in November, Retail sales rose by 0.4% in November from a month earlier, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said Friday, compared with a 0.3% rise expected by economists. The better-than-expected outcome reflected strong demand for household goods, clothing and footwear. Later this afternoon (13:30 GMT), US Inflation data for December will be in the focus of many market participants.