Trading The AU Retail Sales Release, December 4, 2017

AU Retail Sales release may provide a trading opportunity but with RBA rate decision scheduled in just under 3 hours, I would steer clear of the market unless we get our tradable deviation.

Even if we do get our tradable figure, I would close the trade in 45 minutes just to be on the safe side.

7:30 pm NY Time AU Retail Sales Forecast 0.3% Previous 0.0%DEVIATION: 0.5% (BUY AUD 0.8% / SELL AUD -0.2%)

The Trade Plan The deviation that we are looking for the Australian Retail Sales m/m release is for a minimum of 0.5%. If we get a 0.8% (or better) we´ll look to buy and if we get -0.2% (or worse), we’d look to SELL. There is a high probability of market movement of over 50 pips in the next 2 hours if we get our deviation.We´ll be looking for an after-news retracement trade and we´ll do the 3 W´s. Wait for the deviation, Wait for the market to move with momentum first, and Wait for a decent retracement.

I’d recommend trading the Recommended Pairs above as they are based on my CSM and should provide you with an edge by pairing up the best currencies to trade in the event of a good/bad news. Of course, you can also trade the default pair: AUD/USD

Outlook ScoreOutlook score is derived from market sentiment, focus, and economic indicators for the currency. It represents the long-term trend of the currency and its market perception. In short, a strong Outlook Score means more long-term demand for the currency, and a weak Outlook Score is an opposite.

DEFINITION“Measures the value of sales at the retail level. A rising trend has a positive effect on the nation´s currency because Retail Sales make up a large portion of consumer spending, which is a major driver of the economy and has a sizable impact on GDP. Traders payclose attention to Retail Sales because it is usually the first significant indicator of the month that relates to consumer behavior and is susceptible to surprises.”

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