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NZD/USD Technical Analysis: Foothold Above 0.69 Reclaimed

NZD/USD Technical Analysis: Foothold Above 0.69 Reclaimed

Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC

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Talking Points:

  • NZD/USD Technical Strategy: Flat
  • New Zealand Dollar rallies most in four months vs. US namesake
  • Looking for actionable setup to short in line with long-term trend

The New Zealand Dollar launched sharply higher against its US namesake, with prices issuing the largest daily advance in four months. The move played out against a backdrop of broad-based USD weakness following a deeply disappointing outcome on May’s employment figures.

Near-term resistance is at 0.6945, the 38.2% Fibonacci expansion, with a break above that opening the door for a test of the 0.7029-54 area marked by the 50% level and the April 19 high. Alternatively, a move below the 23.6% Fib at 0.6842 paves the way for a challenge of the 14.6% expansion at 0.6778.

Expected 2016 fundamental trends favor a bearish NZD/USD bias. The absence of an actionable bearish reversal signal argues against taking a short trade at present however. Furthermore, the approaching RBNZ monetary policy announcement may markedly alter current positioning. Staying on the sidelines seems prudent for the time being.

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