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NZD/USD: Vulnerable Ahead of RBNZ – Range Break in Focus

NZD/USD: Vulnerable Ahead of RBNZ – Range Break in Focus

Talking Points

  • NZDUSD holds focus range heading into RBNZ tomorrow
  • Updated targets & invalidation levels
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NZDUSD 240min

NZD/USD 240min Chart

Technical Outlook: NZDUSD has continued to hold above a key support threshold we’ve been tracking at 6861/85- this region is defined by the December / January lows & the 50% retracement of the late-2015 advance. The focus heading into the RBNZ interest rate decision tomorrow night is on a break of the 6860-6970 range with a break below the 2016 open at 6828 needed to validate resumption of the broader downtrend.

A breach above 6970 suggests a larger scale recovery is underway with such a scenario targeting 6994 backed by the upper parallel / 7044- an area of interest for possible exhaustion / short-entries. A third of the daily average true range (ATR) yields profit targets of 19-22pips per scalp. Added caution is warranted heading into the RBNZ with the release likely to fuel increased volatility in the Kiwi crosses.

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  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long NZDUSD- the ratio stands at +1.03 (50.7% of traders are long)- neutral reading
  • Retail traders have been net-short since March 27- Kiwi is down 2% since
  • Long positions are 4.7% lower than yesterday and 16.6% lower from last week
  • Short positions are 27.9% higher than yesterday but 20.6% higher from last week
  • While broader sentiment continues to offer little conviction on an immediate bias, the recent surge in short-positioning as price comes into support suggests the immediate downside outlook is at risk heading into the RBNZ

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- Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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