NZD: Close above 0.7255 could trigger a retest of recent highs - Westpac

Research Team at Westpac, suggests that the macro-economic backdrop for the NZD remains positive while the activity remains at a high level across almost all sectors and confidence among businesses and consumers is high.

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“Even the formerly downtrodden dairy sector is seeing green shoots, though the pace of price gains remains more muted in recent auctions. Against the USD though NZD suffers from a declining interest rate advantage, likely to narrow even further after 10 November when the RBNZ cuts the OCR because inflation is too low (Q3 CPI is running at 0.2% yoy, well below the 2% midpoint target).

Technical: Rebounds off 0.7050 have flipped daily momentum to NZD positive. Broader patterns are in conflict and the former H&S neckline (0.7245-50) is both an attraction and pivot. If it caps NZD, beware a quick slide through 0.7140 to retest 0.7035-50. Conversely, a close above 0.7255 could trigger a retest of recent highs before corrective declines develop. Therefore, near term neutral.”