US Dollar Positioning Outlook: USD/CAD and NZD/USD Trends Analyzed
US Dollar, USD/CAD, NZD/USD, IG Client Sentiment - Talking Points
- US Dollar has been generally advancing since the beginning of January
- Canadian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar may fall on trader positioning
- USD/CAD eyes resistance as NZD/USD faces bullish candlestick pattern
US Dollar May Rise Against Canadian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar on Positioning Hints
On average, the US Dollar has been treading cautiously higher since the beginning of 2020 against some of its major counterparts. Recently, a deterioration in risk appetite due to the coronavirus outbreak has fueled a premium for safety. This tends to benefit the world’s most-liquid asset. From a psychological perspective, there may be yet more room for it to climb against the Canadian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar.
Canadian Sentiment Outlook
According to the IG Client Sentiment report from February 4, retail trader data shows that about 21.11% of positions in USD/CAD are net long. This is down from just under 75% upside bias in early January. Since then, prices have climbed over 2.5%. Traders are further netshort than yesterday andlast week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes offers a stronger USD/CAD-bullish contrarian trading bias. From a psychological perspective, that may speak to more investors attempting to pick the top.
USD/CAD Technical Analysis
From a technical standpoint, USD/CAD is nearing highs prices reached in November. This is also just below the key psychological barrier between 1.339 to 1.3383. Breaching the latter may put an end to the consolidation mode that the Canadian Dollar has seen since July. Otherwise if resistance holds, USD/CAD may eventually make its way towards lows from December and early January.
USD/CAD Daily Chart
New Zealand Dollar Sentiment Outlook
Taking a look at IG Client Sentiment, about 67.07% of traders are net long NZD/USD. This is up from about a 30% upside bias from early January. Since then, prices have fallen over 4%. Traders are further netlong than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes offers a stronger NZD/USD-bearish contrarian trading bias. From a psychological standpoint, that would likely speak to a greater share of investors attempting to chase the bottom in the New Zealand Dollar.
NZD/USD Technical Analysis
On a daily chart, NZD/USD may be at a turning point if a Morning Star candlestick pattern sees upside confirmation. This is a bullish formation. Gains may take the New Zealand Dollar towards falling resistance from late December. For the time being, signals from IG Client Sentiment hint towards standing aside and waiting until follow-through is achieved.
NZD/USD Daily Chart
*IG Client Sentiment Charts and Positioning Data Used from February 4 Report
--- Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com
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