NZD/USD – 3 Black Crows Foiled, potential Morning Star this week

The Kiwi dollar has fallen on hard times recently after RBNZ Governor Wheeler revealed that the Central Bank was actively intervening in the secondary markets in order to bring NZD down. Wheeler also threatened to embark on rate cuts as soon as possible once the conditions are right for good measure, sending NZD/USD to one of the fiercest tumble since May 2012.

Since then however, price has recovered significantly, with price action forming a “spinning top” candlestick pattern, negating the possibility for a 3 Black Crows pattern similar to what happened last year. This underlines the underlying bull strength, and keeps the rally since Jun 2012 intact. However, to say that price will be able to bounce higher and continue the uptrend is speculative at best, especially with 0.818 acting as resistance and the descending trendline looming above.

Weekly Chart


That being said, it is highly likely that selling activity will slow down from here. Stoch readings are flattening with the Signal line entering the Oversold region. Current Stoch level is also around the same as the previous trough back in May 2012. If history repeats itself once more, a bullish recovery will not be surprising from here.

Hourly Chart


From the hourly chart, we can see that price is kept in between 0.806 – 0.812 since 24th May. However, it is worth noting that yesterday was a US bank holiday, and as such trading activity is thin, similar to 24th May which is a Friday. Nonetheless, price is appearing to top without testing 0.812 with stochastic readings looking likely to form a bearish signal soon, hence opening up 0.806 as a viable bearish target in the short-term.

From a fundamental point of view, a large part of recent decline is attributed to the resurgence of USD strength. With US stocks taking a break from climbing higher highs, it stands to reason that USD will follow suit, and allow NZD/USD some breathing space. Whether that can translate into a strong rally ala June 2012 remains up in the air, and traders should continue to look out for both reversal and bearish continuation signs as that may indicate where price may move towards for the rest of 2013.

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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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