NZD/USD Technicals – 0.785 support vs 0.791 resistance

Price traded lower on Monday, extending last week’s bearish attempts to breakout from the multi-year trendline. However the follow-through left much to be desired, with price merely trading 60 pips lower than Friday’s close, before pushing up higher towards 0.79 once again.

Weekly Chart


From a technical perspective, the rebound affirms the 0.785 interim support that was significant back in Jul 2012 and Dec 2011. The failure to break the level also add doubts on current “breakout”, which is yet to be confirmed. With 0.785 holding, there remains a chance that price may be able to rebound higher and trade back above the multi-year trendline, which will expose 0.805 as a possible topside target. This doesn’t mean that the overall bearish pressure would be negated, as price need to break 0.805 and potentially 0.818 for April’s decline pressure to subside. Nonetheless, a move back towards 0.805 will at the very least postpone the potential breakout scenario, setting back acute bearish pressure for weeks before the next attempt to break occurs.

Stochastic readings is mostly neutral, but leaning towards a case of a rebound with readings being oversold and Stoch/Signal distance narrowing – suggesting that the bearish momentum has slowed down. Looking at the hourly chart below, it should be noted that yesterday’s low point was forged during Monday’s bear gap, which tells us that bearish traders were trading the “breakout” scenario, but overall bullish pressure surrounding 0.785 is stronger than these traders chasing breakouts, adding one more point for the case for a “fakeout”.

Hourly Chart


Looking at short-term chart alone though, price remain bearish with the descending channel still very much in play. There are extra points for bearishness due to 0.791 holding, preventing any movement back towards Channel Top. Despite this, there is still a likelihood that 0.785 may hold out successfully during current “bear cycle” as indicated by Stochastic indicator. Readings are currently approaching the Oversold region, and looking at historical Stoch peaks and troughs, it is likely that Oversold would be reached just when 0.785 is being tested. That being said, overall pressure remains to the downside, and if fundamentals/sentiment don’t change, it is hard to imagine 0.785 holding for an extended period of time.

With RBNZ rate decision coming on Thursday (Wed 5:00pm EDT), this may provide the shift in sentiment that bulls need. It is unlikely that RBNZ will be cutting rates this time round with housing prices remaining elevated. As much as RBNZ Gov Wheeler wants to slash rates to push NZD lower, he will not be willing risk having housing price accelerating on a higher gear. The question now is whether this would be bullish for NZD or will market continue to push NZD lower following a initial rally? This largely depends on broad sentiment, and should price actually trade lowers despite RBNZ holding rates, bulls should run for the hills as it would imply that the tsunami of bearish pressure is unstoppable, potentially making short-work of 0.785 (if it is still standing) and probably providing Weekly traders the confirmation needed for the bearish breakout.

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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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