NZDUSD Technical Analysis – Watch this key resistance


  • The Fed hiked by 25 bps as
    expected and kept everything unchanged at the last meeting.
  • Inflation expectations and CPI readings continue to
    show disinflation with the last two Core CPI M/M figures
    coming in at 0.16%.
  • The US PMIs missed
    expectations across the board last week.
  • Fed Chair Powell’s speech at the Jackson Hole Symposium was
    mostly in line with what he said previously but he stressed on the need to be
    careful going forward and that continued strength in the labour market may
    require further rate hikes.
  • ·The first half of the week saw US Job Openings and Consumer Confidence reports
    missing expectations by a big margin, followed by a miss in the US ADP data and
    a beat in the US Jobless Claims.
  • The market doesn’t expect another hike from the Fed
    anymore, but a lot will depend on the data going forward.

New Zealand:

  • The RBNZ kept its official cash rate unchanged 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 last week plunging into
  • 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 remain
    deeply negative.
  • 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 is
testing the key resistance at
0.5987 where we can also find the red 21 moving average for confluence. This is
where the sellers are likely to pile in with a defined risk above the
resistance to target another lower low. The buyers, on the other hand, will
want to see the price breaking higher to invalidate the bearish setup and
target the first swing high around 0.61handle.

NZDUSD Technical Analysis –
4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour chart, we can see that we’ve been diverging with the
MACD for a
long time and this is generally a sign of weakening momentum often followed by
pullbacks or reversals. In this case, the break of the trendline raises
the chances of a reversal with the 0.6117 level being the first target, but the
buyers will need the price to break above the 0.5987 resistance to confirm the

NZDUSD Technical Analysis –
1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we can see that we
have a small range between the 0.5987 resistance and the 0.5930 support. A
breakout on either side should lead to a sustained and strong move and today’s
economic data might be the catalyst.

Upcoming Events

Today the market will
be focused on the main release of the week: the US NFP report. We will also
have the US ISM Manufacturing PMI an hour and a half later, but the labour
market data is the priority right now. A bad reading is likely to weaken the US
Dollar in the short term, but if the data is really bad, the market may start
to fear the recession and the greenback should come back soon after. A good
reading is likely to be linked with the soft-landing scenario and might be
bearish for the USD as well. Overall, it’s a mixed picture at the moment as the
Fed is expected to pause at the September meeting and we might get much worse
economic data before the next meeting in November.

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