NZD/USD fades US inflation-inspired gains below 0.6400 ahead of China trade data


  • NZD/USD retreats from one-month high even as market sentiment remains firmers.
  • Softer US inflation fuelled calls for slower rate hikes even as Fed policymakers tried to defend restrictive monetary policy.
  • Expectations of easy RBNZ move seem to weigh on Kiwi pair amid light calendar at home.
  • China trade numbers for December, preliminary readings of US Michigan CSI for January eyed for fresh impulse.

NZD/USD prints mild losses around 0.6390-85 as it consolidates the US inflation-led gains during a sluggish Asian session on early Friday. In doing so, the Kiwi pair also portrays the traders’ anxiety ahead of China’s trade numbers for December and the first prints of the US Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI) for January.

It’s worth noting that the softer US Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December propelled expectations of easy rate hikes and drowned the US Dollar the previous day. However, the recent chatters that the Fed’s easy move could also push the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) to retreat from hawkish bias seemed to have weighed on the NZD/USD prices.

That said, the US CPI matched 6.5% YoY forecasts for December, versus 7.1% prior. More importantly, CPI ex Food & Energy also proved the market consensus of 5.7% YoY figure right, compared to 6.0% previous readings. It’s worth noting that the CPI MoM marked the first negative figure since June 2020 while marking a -0.1% figure for the stated month, versus 0.0% forecast and 0.1% prior.

After the CPI announcements, the Fed Fund Futures tied to the policy rate implied a nearly 100% chance of a 0.25% Fed rate hike in February while the odds favoring a 50 bps rate hike in the said month slumped to 8.0%.

It should be noted that Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker was the first to flag easy rate hikes after the US CPI and weighed on the US Dollar. On the same line, Richmond Federal Reserve President Thomas Barkin mentioned that it "makes sense" to steer more deliberately as the Fed works to bring inflation down. However, St. Louis Federal Reserve leader James Bullard also said that the most likely scenario is inflation remaining above 2%, so the policy rate will need to be higher for longer.

Amid these plays, Wall Street managed to close in the green while the US 10-year and two-year Treasury bond yields refreshed monthly lows. It should be noted that the S&P 500 Futures print mild gains while the US 10-year Treasury yields remain pressured around 3.44% at the latest.

Given the lack of major data/events at home, NZD/USD may remain sidelined ahead of the key statistics from China and the US. Should the scheduled figures manage to impress policy hawks in Beijing and Washington, the Kiwi pair could extend the latest weakness.

Technical analysis

Although a two-week-old ascending trend line restricts the immediate upside of the NZD/USD pair around 0.6440, sellers need validation from the 21-DMA level of 0.6333 to take entries.

Additional important levels

Overview
Today last price 0.6385
Today Daily Change 0.0019
Today Daily Change % 0.30%
Today daily open 0.6366
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 0.632
Daily SMA50 0.6246
Daily SMA100 0.6045
Daily SMA200 0.6216
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 0.6401
Previous Daily Low 0.6335
Previous Weekly High 0.6363
Previous Weekly Low 0.619
Previous Monthly High 0.6514
Previous Monthly Low 0.623
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 0.636
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 0.6376
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.6333
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.6301
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.6267
Daily Pivot Point R1 0.64
Daily Pivot Point R2 0.6433
Daily Pivot Point R3 0.6466

 

 

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