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NZD/USD at Risk for Further Losses Heading into U.S. 3Q GDP

NZD/USD at Risk for Further Losses Heading into U.S. 3Q GDP

Michael Boutros, Strategist

Talking Points

  • NZDUSD vulnerable heading into U.S. 3Q GDP
  • Weekly opening range remains intact- break to validate
  • Updated targets & invalidation levels


NZDUSD Daily Chart

Chart Created Using TradingView

Technical Outlook: NZDUSD has been trading within the confines of a broad descending pitchfork formation extending off the yearly highs. We’ve continued to track this setup on SB Trade Desk with the weekly opening range in focus heading into tomorrow’s U.S. 3Q GDP release. The focus remains lower while sub-7214/18with subsequent targets at the monthly low-day close at 7095 & confluence support into 7050.

NZD/USD 240min

NZDUSD 240min Chart

Notes: A closer look at intraday price action highlights a well-defined weekly opening range and we’ll be looking for a break to validate our near-term bearish outlook. A break below key confluence support at 7050 would risk substantial losses for the kiwi with such a scenario targeting a sliding parallel around the 70-handle backed by more significant support at the 6963/70– a region defined by the confluence of the 161.8% extension, the Brexit swing low & parallel support extending off the monthly lows.

Interim resistance stands with a basic trendline extending off last week’s high backed by the weekly opening range high at 7184 & bearish invalidation at 7214/18. From a trading standpoint, I would be looking to fade strength while below the weekly high with a break lower targeting subsequent objectives into structural support. For the complete setup and to continue tracking this trade & more throughout the week- Subscribe to SB Trade Desk.

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  • Although the current dynamic gives a mixed trading bias, the recent build in long positioning alongside a pullback from the extreme read of -1.61 seen earlier in the month suggests that the immediate risk remains to the downside despite the aggregate net-short exposure.

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NZD/USD at Risk for Further Losses Heading into U.S. 3Q GDP

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---Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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