NZDUSD Fundamentals (based on dailyfx article)
Fundamental Forecast for the New Zealand Dollar: Neutral
The New Zealand Dollar snapped four consecutive
weeks of gains, losing nearly 3 percent against its US counterpart.
Selling pressure may continue to swell in the week ahead as a dovish
RBNZ monetary policy announcement fuels rate cut speculation even as
bets on near-term Fed tightening grow more confident.
The currencywas noticeably stung by January’s about-face in RBNZ rhetoric. The central bank backed away from the hawkish posture on display in December, saying it expected to keep borrowing costs on hold “for some time” and conspicuously noting that future adjustments can take rates “either up or down”.
That seemedto create an opening for the possibility of easing where one was not previously apparent.
The Kiwi responded, punctuating two weeks of pre-positioning for a
dovish shift with a drop to the lowest level in four years against the
greenback. A cautious correction followed, seemingly fueled in equal
parts by uncertainty on the US policy front amid disappointing data
outcomes and a broader swell in risk appetite.
Sellers returned with a vengeance last week. The
RBNZ signaled it is looking for ways to isolate problem areas in the
housing market, suggesting it will opt for a surgical approach to cool
activity over the blunt instrument of rate hikes. Meanwhile, a strong US
payrolls reading fueled a palpable hawkish shift in traders’ Fed rate
hike outlook. The report likewise fueled risk aversion, suggesting the
prospect of stimulus withdrawal has emerged as a source of worry once
The markets don’t expect an outright policy change
from the RBNZ. Indeed, priced-in expectations place the probability of a
rate cut at a mere 4 percent. Economic news-flow has soured since
January’s sit-down however, leaving room for Governor Wheeler to
rhetorically build the foundation for a possible downward shift in
borrowing costs at subsequent meetings. If that cements probabilities of
a cut some time over the next 12 months in the minds of investors, the
Kiwi is likely to suffer.
On the US data front, excitations point to a rebound
in retail sales and a pickup in consumer confidence (as tracked by a
University of Michigan survey). Such outcomes may further bolster Fed
tightening bets, weighing on sentiment and amplifying perceptions of the
policy divergence between the US and the rest of the G10. Needless to
say, that bodes ill for the Kiwi in its own right. It would hurt more so
if it came against the backdrop of softening yield prospects at home.
AUD/USD Threatens Bullish Momentum- NZD/USD Carves Top Ahead of RBNZ (based on dailyfx article)
NZD/USD forecast for the week of March 9, 2015, technical analysis
The NZD/USD pair
initially tried to break out to the upside during the week, but as you
can see above the 0.75 level we have far too much in the way of
resistance. On top of that, we believe that this market should continue
to go lower based upon the fact that the US dollar continues to
strengthen overall, and of course the jobs number out of America was
stronger than anticipated. Every time this market rallies, we believe
that will continue to selloff. We have no interest whatsoever in buying.
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The New Zealand dollar fell more than 1% against its U.S. counterpart
on Friday, as stronger than forecast U.S. nonfarm payrolls data
bolstered bets that the Federal Reserve will begin to raise rates sooner
rather than later.
hit 0.7358 on Friday, the pair's lowest since February 12, before
subsequently consolidating at 0.7362 by close of trade on Friday, down
1.62% for the day and 2.67% lower for the week.
The Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy added 295,000
jobs in February, far more than the 240,000 forecast by economists. The
unemployment rate ticked down to 5.5% from 5.7% in January, the lowest
since May 2008. Economists had forecast the unemployment rate would fall
The robust jobs report fuelled expectations that the Federal Reserve
will start raising interest rates as early as June, boosting the
The dollar index,
which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket
of six major currencies, jumped 1.39% to 97.74 late Friday, the highest
since September 2003.
Elsewhere, the euro
was weaker against the kiwi after European Central Bank President Mario
Draghi confirmed that it will begin purchasing euro zone government
bonds on Monday under its new quantitative easing program.
The combined monthly asset purchases will amount to €60 billion per month and are expected to run until September 2016.
In the week ahead, markets will be watching talks on Greece by euro
zone finance ministers in Brussels on Monday, while Thursday’s U.S.
retail sales report will also be closely watched for further indications
on the strength of the recovery.
The outcome of a policy meeting of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand on Wednesday will also be in focus.
Chinese government data on consumer price inflation and industrial production will also be eyed.
On Sunday, China reported a trade surplus of $60.6 billion in the
January-February period, compared to expectations for a surplus of $10.8
billion and up from a surplus of $60.0 in January.
Exports surged 48.3% from a year earlier last month, above
expectations for a 14.2% increase, while imports tumbled 20.5%, much
worse than forecasts for a decline of 10.0%.
The Asian nation is New Zealand's second largest trade partner.
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NZD/USD Technical Analysis: Kiwi Dollar Selloff Accelerates (based on dailyfx article)
The New Zealand Dollar accelerated
downward against its US counterpart, sliding to the lowest level in a
month. Near-term support is at 0.7340, the 38.2% Fibonacci expansion,
with a break below that on a daily closing basis exposing the 50% level
at 0.7256. Alternatively, a reversal above the 23.6% Fib at 0.7444 opens
the door for a challenge of channel floor support-turned-resistance at
Prices are too close to support to justify entering short from a risk/reward perspective. On the other hand, the absence of a defined bullish reversal signal suggests that taking up the long side is premature. With that in mind, we will remain flat for now.
NZD/USD Down as Traders Await RBNZ Decision (based on marketpulse article)
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) steps into the limelight this
week with its monthly rate statement and subsequent press conference.
On January 28 the RBNZ kept benchmark interest rates on hold at
3.50%. The decision was not unexpected as it was already priced in by
the market, but Governor Graeme Wheeler did change his stance regarding
the previous statement of keeping the rate at current levels “for some
time” into the possibility of a cut or hike if needed. Wheeler also took
the opportunity to talk down the NZD as he still thinks it is
Current USD strength has depreciated the NZD and put less pressure on
the RBNZ to cut rates. A strong U.S. nonfarm payrolls (NFP) report has
put pressure on the Federal Reserve to hike rates as soon as June, in
turn boosting the USD across the board. NZD/USD was trading around 0.76
before the U.S. NFP and it’s now close to breaking 0.73 ahead of the
Kiwi central bank announcement. Meantime, the Federal Open Market
Committee’s (FOMC) two-day meeting is just around the corner. Chair
Janet Yellen, although maintaining a neutral stance, has hinted that the
“patient” language contained in the Fed’s statement could be dropped in
the next couple of meetings. That, too, is helping the dollar
if actual > forecast (or previous data) = good for currency (for CNY in our case)
[CNY - Industrial Production] = Change in the total inflation-adjusted value of output produced by manufacturers, mines, and utilities. Chinese data can have a broad impact on the currency markets due to
China's influence on the global economy and investor sentiment. It's a leading indicator of economic health - production is the dominant
driver of the economy and reacts quickly to ups and downs in the
China's Industrial Output, Retail Sales Growth Slows
China's industrial production and retail sales growth slowed
more-than-expected at the start of the year, reflecting moderation in
growth momentum, data revealed Wednesday.
increased 6.8 percent year-on-year in the January to February period,
the National Bureau of Statistics said. The annual growth was forecast
to slow to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent.
The NBS publishes
combined data for January and February to avoid the distortions caused
by the timing of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
During January to
February, retail sales grew at a pace of 10.7 percent, slower than an
11.9 percent rise seen in December and an expected increase of 11.6
Likewise, fixed asset investment increased 13.9 percent,
slower than an expected growth of 15 percent. Investment gained 15.7
percent during the twelve months to December.
early this month downgraded its growth target for 2015 to around 7
percent after achieving 7.4 percent expansion in 2014.
EURUSD Moves on Lower Lows (based on dailyfx article)
The EURUSD has opened Wednesdays trading with the creation of a new
weekly lower low. This decline is significant as the pair has declined
as much as 347 pips week to date. However, despite its weakness the
EURUSD is attempting to trade back above todays S4 Camarilla pivot at
1.0607. While this does not negate the current downtrend, traders will
watch to see if price moves back into today’s trading range starting at
the S3 pivot near 1.0652. In the event price breaches this point,
traders may begin looking for a move back up towards range resistance at
In the event that price begins to again gain momentum, trend traders may
elect to look for a breakout again under the S4 pivot. This would
signal a potential increase in USD strength and traders would look for
further declines at this point. Conversely if price trades through
todays range, towards the R4 pivot at 1.0786, it would suggest price
beginning a larger counter trend move with the creation of a new higher
if actual > forecast (or previous data) = good for currency (for NZD in our case)
[NZD - Official Cash Rate] = Interest rate at which banks lend balances held at the RBNZ to other banks overnight. Short term interest rates are the paramount factor in currency valuation
- traders look at most other indicators merely to predict how rates
will change in the future.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's monetary policy board on Thursday
announced that it was holding its Official Cash Rate steady at 3.50
percent - in line with expectations.
It was the fifth straight
month with no change for the RBNZ, which had hiked the OCR by 25 basis
points in each of previous four meetings prior to September.
that, there were 23 straight meetings with no change. The OCR had been
at a record low 2.50 percent since March 10, 2011 as the country dealt
with the global economic slowdown.
It wasn't until last March that
the central bank felt confident enough in a recovery that it lifted the
OCR - although no additional action is likely in the near term.
financial conditions remain very accommodative, and are reflected in
high equity prices and record low interest rates. However, volatility in
has increased since late-2014 following the sharp drop in oil prices,
continued uncertainty about the global outlook and U.S. monetary policy,
and policy easings by a number of central banks," the bank said in a
statement accompanying the decision.
"The New Zealand dollar remains unjustifiably high and unsustainable
in terms of New Zealand's long-term economic fundamentals. A substantial
downward correction in the real exchange rate is needed to put New
Zealand's external accounts on a more sustainable footing," the bank
The RBNZ called it prudent to take more time and further observe the effects of its moves to date.
bank pointed to several factors for taking its time in taking any
further actions, including weak global inflation, falls in international
oil prices and the high exchange rate.
"Our central projection is
consistent with a period of stability in the OCR. However, future
interest rate adjustments, either up or down, will depend on the
emerging flow of economic data," the bank said.