Top Story

NZD/USD: Kiwi could fly if NZ CPI beats

A busy week for economic data will start tonight when Statistics New Zealand releases the nation’s third quarter inflation figures. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is expected to have risen by 0.4% quarter-over-quarter. If correct, this would be an improvement from Q2 when CPI had remained flat, though it would still be a much smaller increase compared to the 1% rise in Q1. Depending on the outcome of CPI, we could see a sharp move in the New Zealand dollar. The data will obviously have to deviate from expectations by a sizeable margin if were to see that sharp movement, though even if it matches forecasts we think that the NZD would rise rather than fall. There will be additional data later on in the day on Tuesday when GDT’s closely-watched Price Index is published. This fortnightly-released index measures the weighted-average price of the 9 dairy products sold at the auction. Previously, the index had shown an unexpected 2.4% drop. Any improvement this time could support the NZD. Changes in dairy prices are very important for the New Zealand economy given that milk, meat, wool and wood products and fish are among its main exports.

From a technical standpoint, the NZD/USD’s near-term direction is not too clear at this stage, although the fact that it has managed to bounce nicely off key support in the 0.7050-7085 range last week is bullish in the short-term. This area was previously resistance and comes in between the 61.8 and 78.6 percent Fibonacci retracement levels. As a result of that bounce, the kiwi has also managed to break back above the 200-day moving average and short-term resistance in the 0.7145-65 area. But with the kiwi already putting in a lower high and a couple of lower lows, it is not clear yet if this is the start of another impulsive up move rather than a corrective downswing. So one needs to proceed with a higher degree of caution at this stage when trying to form a directional bias. As things stand, the short-term bias would remain bullish for as long as price holds above 0.7145-65 support now. Even if price breaks below here, the slightly longer term bias would still remain bullish above the previously mentioned 0.7050-85 range. However, any breakdown below these two key ranges would be considered bearish for their respective time frames. The next levels of potential resistance come in at 0.7205 followed by 0.7280, levels which were formerly support. 

Source: eSignal and FOREX.com.

Disclaimer: The information on this web site is not targeted at the general public of any particular country. It is not intended for distribution to residents in any country where such distribution or use would contravene any local law or regulatory requirement. The information and opinions in this report are for general information use only and are not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any currency or CFD contract. All opinions and information contained in this report are subject to change without notice. This report has been prepared without regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any particular recipient. Any references to historical price movements or levels is informational based on our analysis and we do not represent or warranty that any such movements or levels are likely to reoccur in the future. While the information contained herein was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, author does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness, nor does author assume any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss that may result from the reliance by any person upon any such information or opinions.

Futures, Options on Futures, Foreign Exchange and other leveraged products involves significant risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. Losses can exceed your deposits. Increasing leverage increases risk. Spot Gold and Silver contracts are not subject to regulation under the U.S. Commodity Exchange Act. Contracts for Difference (CFDs) are not available for US residents. Before deciding to trade forex and commodity futures, you should carefully consider your financial objectives, level of experience and risk appetite. Any opinions, news, research, analyses, prices or other information contained herein is intended as general information about the subject matter covered and is provided with the understanding that we do not provide any investment, legal, or tax advice. You should consult with appropriate counsel or other advisors on all investment, legal, or tax matters. References to Forex.com or GAIN Capital refer to GAIN Capital Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options.

The markets are moving. Stop missing out.

OPEN AN ACCOUNT