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NZD/USD Rate Weakness Generates Negative Slope in 50-Day SMA

NZD/USD Rate Weakness Generates Negative Slope in 50-Day SMA

David Song, Strategist

New Zealand Dollar Talking Points

NZD/USD trades to a fresh weekly low (0.6998) following the better-than-expected US Retail Sales report, and the exchange rate may continue to give back the advance from the October low (0.6877) as it trades back below the 50-Day SMA (0.7055), with the moving average starting to reflect a negative slope.

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NZD/USD Rate Weakness Generates Negative Slope in 50-Day SMA

NZD/USD remains under pressure after failing to defend the opening range for November, and the exchange rate may continue to depreciate over the remainder of the week as fresh data prints coming out of the US puts pressure on the Federal Reserve to deliver a rate hike sooner rather than later.

US Retail Sales expanded for the third consecutive month in October, with household spending increasing 1.7% versus forecasts for a 1.4% print, and the pickup in private sector consumption may encourage the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to adjust the forward guidance for monetary policy as the central bank is slated to update the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP) at its last meeting for 2021.

It remains to be seen if the Fed officials will project a steeper path for the Fed funds rate as the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) climbs to its highest level since 1990, but signs of sticky inflation along with indications of a robust recovery may keep NZD/USD under pressure as market participants prepare for a imminent shift in regime.

In turn, NZD/USD may continue to give back the advance from the October low (0.6877) after failing to defend the opening range for November, but the tilt in retail sentiment may persist if the exchange rate struggles to clear the monthly low (0.6997).

Image of IG Client Sentiment for NZD/USD rate

The IG Client Sentiment report shows 40.82% of traders are currently net-long NZD/USD, with the ratio of traders short to long standing at 1.45 to 1.

The number of traders net-long is 5.76% lower than yesterday and 10.32% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 35.23% higher than yesterday and 11.43% lower from last week. The rise in net-long interest has done little to alleviate the crowding behavior as 43.05% of traders were net-long NZD/USD last week, while the decline in net-short position could be a function of profit-taking behavior as the exchange rate trades to a fresh weekly low (0.6998).

With that said, NZD/USD continue to give back the advance from the October low (0.6877) after failing to defend the opening range for November, and the move below the 50-Day SMA (0.7055) may indicate a potential change in the near-term trend as the moving average starts to reflect a negative slope.

NZD/USD Rate Daily Chart

Image of NZD/USD rate daily chart

Source: Trading View

  • Keep in mind, a head-and-shoulders formation materialized in the first quarter of 2021 as NZD/USD slipped below the 50-Day SMA (0.7056) for the first time since November, with the exchange rate pushing below the 200-Day SMA (0.7092) for the first time since June 2020 to trade to a fresh yearly low (0.6805) in August.
  • Nevertheless, NZD/USD reversed course ahead of the November 2020 low (0.6589) amid the failed attempt to close below the 0.6810 (38.2% expansion) region, with the exchange rate taking out the September high (0.7170) during the previous month as the Relative Strength Index (RSI)briefly pushed above 70 during the same period.
  • However, NZD/USD is back under pressure after struggling to test the October high (0.7219), with the break/close below the Fibonacci overlap around 0.7070 (61.8% expansion) to 0.7110 (38.2% expansion) pushing the exchange rate up against the 0.6990 (23.6% retracement) region afterit failed to defend the opening range for November.
  • Need a break/close below the 0.6990 (23.6% retracement) region brings the Fibonacci overlap around 0.6940 (50% expansion) to 0.6960 (38.2% retracement) on the radar, with the next area of interest coming in around 0.6870 (50% retracement).
  • Meanwhile, lack of momentum to break/close below the 0.6990 (23.6% retracement) region may keep NZD/USD in a defined ranged, with a move above the overlap around 0.6940 (50% expansion) to 0.6960 (38.2% retracement) bringing the October high (0.7219) on the radar.

--- Written by David Song, Currency Strategist

Follow me on Twitter at @DavidJSong

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