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AUD/USD rejected at 0.72, slides to 0.7170

FXStreet (Mumbai) - The AUD/USD pair halted its long run of gains and turned in the red during the European session, as the Aussie suffered heavily from the persisting risk-off environment with traders now awaiting the Fed outcome.

AUD/USD fails near 3-week highs

Currently, the AUD/USD pair trades 0.35% lower at 0.7169, miring nearing lows reached at 0.7162 in last hours. The Aussie was sold-off at the 0.72 handle and kicked-off its downslide there-on, breaking through the crucial support of 0.7180 levels.

Markets remain cautious and resorted to profit-taking on the AUD longs after the nine back-to-back sessions of gains, heading into the key FOMC decision on the interest rates due later in the New York session.

Markets are likely to ignore a batch of US economic releases due to be reported before the Fed decision, as the main highlight remains the Fed verdict.

AUD/USD Levels to watch

The pair has an immediate resistance at 0.7208 (Today’s High) levels, above which gains could be extended to 0.7253 (Aug 25 High) levels. On the flip side, support is seen at 0.7100 levels from here it to 0.7060 (Sept 14 Low).

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