NZD/USD Technicals – Bear On The Buffalo

Note: Bird On The Buffalo is a song by Angus Stone, just in case the reference is too obscure.

There should be a warning sign at 0.81 that reads: Trespassers Beware, Bears Lying Ahead. It seems that strong bearish reversals always happen after bulls failed to break the 0.81 level convincingly. We’ve seen it happening the first time in the week of 9th June, and a second time during the week of 28th July. Despite prices closing above 0.81 last week, this week was no different than the previous 2 attempts. Perhaps we should have heeded the warning signs of early week, when bullish impetus was found wanting despite last Friday’s significant breakthrough. Certainly bears did have some assistance in the form of RBNZ Govenor Wheeler’s speech which sent Kiwi dollar below 80.0 mid week, but the majority of the damage was already done when 0.81 was broken before the speech occurred, highlighting the strong bearish sentiment surrounding NZD/USD.

Weekly Chart


That being said, perhaps we need another warning sign as well that says “There Be Bulls Beyond This Line”. The multi-year Channel Bottom has been an equally if not more formidable foe against the 0.81 resistance, and the bullish push back from the trendline has been impressive in the past, and stupendous the last time it has been tested in the week of 4th August. Bears are literally standing on grounds where bulls have been seen roaming. It is likely that bulls may be enraged by the big red candle that is encroaching on its territory, resulting in strong bullish rebound next week. Stochastic readings also agree on such a scenario with readings continue to to push higher, barely tapering lower despite the strong sell-off this week.

Hourly Chart


However, short-term charts suggest that bearish momentum is still continuing strong. We’ve just seen price breaking the short-term consolidation between 0.781 – 0.785, suggesting that more bearish movement can be expected especially since the recovery post breakout failed to climb back above 0.781. Currently price is also below the 0.78 round figure, piling further pressure lower. The only “bullish” sign is the fact that Stochastic readings are Oversold. However, readings are still pointing lower, and it is widely known that short-term counter-trend stochastic signals tended not to be reliable when broad trends are pointing the other way.

With that in mind, next week’s opening price action becomes key in helping us to determine whether a recovery back towards 0.81 is likely. If we do not see any strong bullish reaction on Monday, the chances of further rally back into the Channel will be diminished. In similar vein, should price manage to close below Channel Bottom but we do not see continued bearish pressure on Monday, we could see a repeat of this week in opposite direction.

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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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