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NZD/USD Slides Into Support- Key Levels to Know for NFP

NZD/USD Slides Into Support- Key Levels to Know for NFP

Michael Boutros, Strategist

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NZD/USD Daily Chart

NZD/USD Daily Timeframe

Technical Outlook: Kiwi broke below confluence support today at 7180/88- this region is defined by the 50% retracement of the May advance & the 200-day moving average and converges on the median-line extending off the March lows. The decline is now testing interim support at the 200-day moving average / February lows at 7130 with more significant support seen at 7100.

Interim resistance now stands back at 7188. Keep in mind an objective measured move of the head and shoulders formation break eyed longer-term targets into the 6830/60key support.

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NZD/USD 240min Chart

Notes:A closer look at price action highlights a descending channel formation extending off July high with a break of the weekly opening-range lows shifting our focus lower in Kiwi. Interim resistance at 7188 with our near-term bearish invalidation level set at channel resistance, currently ~7265. A breach above this level would be needed to shift the broader focus back to the long-side.

A break below confluence support at 7100 would likely see accelerated losses for the pair with subsequent support objectives eyed at the lower parallel (around ~7015) and the 76.4% retracement at 6992. Bottom line: While the immediate risk is for a pullback off these levels, I’d be looking for a reaction near channel support with the near-term outlook weighted to the downside while within this channel.

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NZD/USD IG Client Sentiment
  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-shortNZDUSD- the ratio stands at -1.78 (36.0% of traders are long) –bullish reading
  • Retailhas remained net-short since May 24; price has moved 3.7% higher since then
  • Long positions are 4.0% lower than yesterday and11.1% lower from last week
  • Short positions are 10.0% higher than yesterday but2.3% lower from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests NZDUSD prices may continue to rise. Traders are further net-short than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a stronger NZDUSD-bullish contrarian trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.
  • That said, note that short-retail sentiment has narrowed from recent extremes heading into a major U.S. holiday weekend and weakens the broader bullish argument for Kiwi.

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- Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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