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NZD/USD Technical Analysis: Critical Range Floor Under Pressure

NZD/USD Technical Analysis: Critical Range Floor Under Pressure

2018-05-24 08:29:00
Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC

NZD/USD Technical Strategy: FLAT

  • New Zealand Dollar testing range support in play since December 2016
  • Short-term positioning hints at downside bias but confirmation is absent
  • Waiting for better-defined setup seems wise before committing to a trade

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The New Zealand has dropped to test support at the bottom of a range that has contained the currency’s moves against its US counterpart since December 2016. While this has proven to be the launch pad for significant forays to the upside however, the bounds of the near-term uptrend remain intact for now.

Range support stands in the 0.6781-0.6862 area. A break below its lower boundary may suggest the long-term down trend started from highs set in July 2014 is resuming. Alternatively, a daily close above falling trend line resistance at 0.6931 might precede an upswing akin to those launched in May and November 2017.

New Zealand Dollar vs US Dollar - daily chart

Turning to the four-hour chart, it looks like the latest down leg started in late April has given way to a corrective upswing. The move higher has traced out a Flag chart pattern, a setup typically indicative of forthcoming trend continuation. In this case, that carries bearish implications.

Still, an actionable short trade setup needs confirmation on a break below the Flag’s lower boundary. Alternatively, a breach above the 0.70 figure would invalidate that read on price positioning, suggesting that something more substantive than a brief upside retracement is in the works.

New Zealand Dollar vs US Dollar - 4-hour chart

On balance, this makes for an inconclusive setup. The downside scenario is perhaps a bit more probable but taking a trade one way or another seems premature until positioning producers a more explicit trigger. In the meantime, standing aside seems most prudent.


--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for

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