AUD/USD, EUR/JPY analysis: European open – 07/09/2023

Matt Simpson financial analyst
By :  ,  Market Analyst

Asian Indices:

  • Australia's ASX 200 index fell by -91.4 points (-1.26%) and currently trades at 7,165.70
  • Japan's Nikkei 225 index has fallen by -218.37 points (-0.66%) and currently trades at 33,022.65
  • Hong Kong's Hang Seng index has fallen by -175.07 points (-0.95%) and currently trades at 18,274.91
  • China's A50 Index has fallen by -106.99 points (-0.84%) and currently trades at 12,704.70


UK and Europe:

  • UK's FTSE 100 futures are currently down -19 points (-0.26%), the cash market is currently estimated to open at 7,407.14
  • Euro STOXX 50 futures are currently down -14 points (-0.33%), the cash market is currently estimated to open at 4,224.26
  • Germany's DAX futures are currently down -51 points (-0.32%), the cash market is currently estimated to open at 15,690.37


US Futures:

  • DJI futures are currently down -52 points (-0.15%)
  • S&P 500 futures are currently down -8 points (-0.18%)
  • Nasdaq 100 futures are currently down -41.5 points (-0.27%)




It was a very quiet Asian session, with currency markets mostly retracing against Wednesday’s moves within various degrees. Yet Asian equity markets were mostly lower following trade data from China.

China’s trade data was not as bad as expected, with exports declining -8.8% y/y (-9.1% expected, -14.5% prior) and imports falling -7.3% (-9% expected, -12.4%), although the market reaction was muted.

I think we’re all fatigued over weak the China-data theme. Trade data was expected to come in relatively soft, and whilst it surpassed expectations we’re going to need to see a much stronger beat to get markets out of their rocking chairs. And think we’re all just glad the negative numbers weren’t in double digits again.

BOJ member Nakagawa aid the central bank should be vigilant to the risk of a global slowdown, although added there is a risk that inflation could rise faster than expected with Japanese companies raising prices and wages.


  • US bond yields pulled back slightly from Wednesday’s highs and the US dollar index treaded water in a tight range, in the upper wick of Wednesday’s indecision candle
  • USD/JPY briefly tapped a 10-month high after the Tokyo open, yet its pullback within the first hour of trade currently mark the daily high (just as it did on Wednesday)
  • USD/CAD formed a bearish pinbar around the April and May highs with the BOC’s hawkish hold helping to keep the lid on a runaway breakout. But if yields pull pack further today then perhaps we’ll see USD/CAD retrace
  • WTI crude oil printed a tweezer top on the daily chart to suggest near-term exhaustion around $88, which leaves the potential for it to snap its six-day winning streak
  • Gold closed beneath the 200-day MA but has the 200-day EMA nearby for potential support around 1910, although it may require the US dollar and yields to pull back from their highs


Events in focus (GMT+1):

  • 07:00 – German industrial production
  • 09:30 – ECB's Elderson Speaks
  • 10:00 – European GDP, employment
  • 13:30 – US jobless claims




AUD/USD technical analysis (daily chart):

There’s not a lot to update on my AUD/USD analysis, given it has failed to bounce from the cycle lows and is now considering a break beneath them. Note that yesterday’s high (and indecision candle) made a feeble attempt to break back above the March 2020 trendline, and if global stocks trade lower today then there is a reasonable chance to expect AUD/USD to follow them, and head towards 63c.



EUR/JPY technical analysis (daily chart):

Hand up, this is not the prettiest price action I have seen in a while. However, it is clearly struggling to break above the 158.50 area having formed a double top in the area. Its mediocre rise from the September low pales in comparison to the drop form the August highs, which leads me to believe current price action is corrective and it is preparing for another leg lower.

This also fits in line with earlier analysis where I suggested EUR/JPY may have topped on the daily chart. For today, we may see some noise around the open and for prices to try and regain ground above the daily pivot point / 200-bar EMA, but bears could seek evidence of weakness below the upper resistance zone for an anticipated move towards 158 and 157.85.



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-- Written by Matt Simpson

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