The Australian dollar was almost unchanged against its U.S. counterpart in light trade on Monday, as demand for the greenback remained under pressure amid expectations that the Federal Reserve will not rise interest rates for some time.
AUD/USD hit 0.9376 during late Asian trade, the session low; the pair subsequently consolidated at 0.9391, easing 0.07%.
The pair was likely to find support at 0.9336, the low of April 9 and resistance at 0.9461, the high of April 10 and a four-and-a-half month high.
The greenback briefly strengthened after data on Friday showed that U.S. producer prices rose 0.5% in March, the largest increase in nine months and ahead of expectations for a 0.1% increase.
But the U.S. dollar remained under pressure after the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s March meeting indicated that an interest rate increase is unlikely to be warranted for some time.
The Fed’s March meeting minutes, released on Wednesday, showed that policymakers discussed whether to keep interest rates at record lows until inflation moves higher, and did not elaborate on a possible timeframe for when rates could start to rise.
The Aussie was higher against the euro, with EUR/AUD shedding 0.26% to 1.4737.
Later in the day, the U.S. was to produce data on retail sales.