NZDUSD Technical Analysis – The bearish trend is still intact


  • The Fed hiked by 25 bps as
    expected and kept everything unchanged at the last meeting.
  • Fed Chair Powell reaffirmed their data dependency
    and kept all the options on the table.
  • The US CPI this
    week came in line with expectations, so the market’s pricing remained roughly
    the same.
  • The labour market
    displayed signs of softening although it remains fairly solid.
  • Last week the ISM Services PMI and Jobless Claims
    surprised to the upside, which point to a resilient economy overall.
  • Yesterday, we got yet another beat in Jobless Claims followed
    by strong Retail Sales and PPI data.
  • The Fed members are leaning more towards a pause in
    September and the next decision will still be dictated by the economic data.
  • The market doesn’t expect the Fed to hike at the
    September meeting and there’s just a 33% chance of a hike in November, although
    that can change if the data keeps on running hot.

New Zealand:

  • The RBNZ kept its official cash rate unchanged at the
    last meeting while stating that it will remain at the restrictive level for the
    foreseeable future to ensure that inflation comes down back to target.
  • The recent New Zealand inflation and employment data surprised to the upside but
    the PMIs are in contraction with the Services PMI recently plunging into contraction.
  • The wage growth has also missed
    expectations and it’s something that the central banks are watching closely for
    second round effects.
  • The New Zealand Retail Sales beat expectations although the data
    remains deeply negative.
  • Today, the Manufacturing PMI showed further contraction.
  • The RBNZ is expected to keep the
    cash rate steady at the next meeting.

NZDUSD Technical Analysis –
Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see that NZDUSD has been
diverging with the
MACD since
the breakout and this is generally a sign of weakening momentum often followed
by pullbacks or reversals. In this case, we are seeing a pullback with the
sellers leaning on the red 21 moving average to
position for another selloff. If the price breaks above the moving average, we
can expect the sellers to pile in around the 0.5987 resistance which
would give them an even better risk to reward setup.

NZDUSD Technical Analysis –
4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour chart, we can see that the price
action has been choppy but the pair is trading between key levels with an
upward tilt given that the price has been printing higher highs and higher lows
with the moving averages being crossed to the upside. A break above the 0.5930
resistance should lead to a rally into the 0.5987 resistance, while a break
below the 0.5892 support should result in a fall into new lows.

NZDUSD Technical Analysis –
1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we can see more
closely the short term price action between the key levels. We now have a range
between the 0.5930 resistance and the 0.5892 support. A break to the upside is
bullish, while a break to the downside is bearish.

Upcoming Events

Today the only notable
report left to be released for this week is the University of Michigan Consumer
sentiment survey. Consumer sentiment might have deteriorated given higher
energy prices and that might have filtered to higher inflation expectations.

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