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NZD/USD Levels to Know Ahead of Dairy Auction, US Services ISM

NZD/USD Levels to Know Ahead of Dairy Auction, US Services ISM

Oded Shimoni, Junior Currency Analyst

Talking Points:

- NZD/USD failed to close above current daily resistance for the last seven attempts

- Global Dairy Auction could be key for Kiwi, ISM could pore cold water on Fed hike bets

- Kiwi might stay elevated in current trading environment

The NZD/USD is trading higher, currently above the July high at 0.73247, but the pair failed to print a daily close above the level for the last seven attempts.

The combination of key technical levels, and important event risk could prove interesting as the Global Dairy Auction and US Services ISM are set to hit the wires.

Against this backdrop we will form our outlook and look to find short term trading opportunities using different tools such as the Grid Sight Index (GSI) indicator.

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The New Zealand Dairy Auction numbers are due to hit the wires around the start of US trading hours. The auction is set to start at 12:00 GMT, but official timing of the release varies, which might imply that traders should proceed with caution at those hours.

The last auctions saw the average price rise by 12.7% to $2,731. The dairy industry is New Zealand's biggest export earner, accounting for more than 29% of the country's exports, making this an important indicator to watch as rising dairy prices could potentially limit the scope of the RBNZ to further cut rates on higher inflation prospects.

The New Zealand Dollar has found a strong bid, even though the RBNZ cut rates, as the global hunt for yield continues and the relative yield for New Zealand assets remains the highest in G10.

Rising dairy prices could potentially hint at higher inflation, further limiting the scope of the central bank to cut rates against a backdrop of a housing prices boom. In turn, this might further highlight the appeal of the Kiwi.

Augusts’ ISM Non-Manufacturing Composite survey is on tap as well, set to be released 14:00 GMT.

Expectations are for a slowdown to a 55.0 figure from the prior 55.5.

US news-flow has deteriorated compared to consensus forecast in the last month-and-a-half (according to Citi Economic Surprise Index), potentially implying lower than expected reading in today’s numbers.

A soft result may hurt Fed rate hike speculation, sending the US Dollar lower.

NZD/USD Technical Levels:

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We use volatility measures as a way to better fit our strategy to market conditions. The Kiwi is seeing lower levels of volatility lately according to 20-day ATR measures, like the markets in general this past August.

With that said, if the data today points to Kiwi strength, a break-out above key resistance at the July high might open the floodgates for a pickup in momentum for breakout type plays.

NZD/USD 30-Min Chart (With the GSI Indicator): September 6, 2016

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The NZD/USD is trading at a potential resistance area below 0.7350, with GSI calculating higher percentages of past movement to the downside in the short term.

The GSI indicator above calculates the distribution of past event outcomes given certain momentum patterns. By matching events in the past, GSI describes how often the price moved in a certain direction.

You can learn more about the GSI here.

Other levels of resistance may be 0.7400, 0.7450, and 0.7466. Possible channel trade line resistance currently sits above price action.

Levels of support might be 0.7324, 0.7300 0.7278 and 0.7216.

We generally want to see GSI with the historical patterns significantly shifted in one direction, which alongside a pre-determined bias and other technical tools could provide a solid trading idea that offer a proper way to define risk.

We studied over 43 million real trades and found that traders who successfully define risk were three times more likely to turn a profit.

Read more on the “Traits of Successful Traders” research.

Meanwhile, the DailyFX Speculative Sentiment Index (SSI) is showing that about 27.1% of traders are long the NZD/USD at the time of writing, offering a long bias on a contrarian basis.

You can find more info about the DailyFX SSI indicator here

--- Written by Oded Shimoni, Junior Currency Analyst for

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