NZD/USD fails ahead of 0.6300 mark, pares intraday gains to multi-week high


  • NZD/USD scales higher for the second straight day and touches its highest level since February 16.
  • The prevalent risk-on environment benefits the risk-sensitive Kiwi amid subdued USD price action.
  • Bulls, however, turn cautious and look to the crucial US Core PCE Price Index for a fresh impetus.

The NZD/USD pair gains positive traction for the second successive day and touched its highest level since February 16 on Friday, albeit faces rejection near the 0.6300 mark. Spot prices trade around the 0.6270-0.6275 region during the early European session and now seem to have found acceptance above a technically significant 200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA).

The prevalent risk-on environment - as depicted by a generally positive tone around the equity markets - turns out to be a key factor lending support to the NZD/USD pair. Against the backdrop of easing fears of a full-blown banking crisis, hopes for a strong economic recovery in China boost investors' confidence and benefit the risk-sensitive Kiwi. In fact, the official Chinese PMI data showed that business activity in the services sector grew at its fastest pace in 12 years in March. Meanwhile, the growth in the manufacturing sector moderated a bit during the reported month, albeit at a smaller-than-expected pace.

The US Dollar (USD), on the other hand, struggles to gain any traction amid the uncertainty over the Federal Reserve's rate-hike path, which provides an additional lift to the NZD/USD pair. It is worth recalling that the Fed had signalled recently that it might soon pause the rate-hiking cycle in the wake of the turmoil in the banking sector. That said, hopes that a widespread banking crisis might have been averted fueled speculations that the US central bank might move back to its inflation-fighting rate hikes. Furthermore, three Fed officials on Thursday backed the case for more rate increases to lower high levels of inflation.

This, in turn, is holding back traders from placing aggressive bearish bets around the USD and acting as a headwind for the NZD/USD pair, at least for the time being. Investors also seem reluctant and prefer to move on the sidelines ahead of the release of the US Core PCE Price Index, the Fed's preferred inflation gauge later during the early North American session. The data will play a key role in influencing expectations about the next policy move. This, in turn, should drive the USD demand in the near term and help determine the next leg of a directional move for the major.

Technical levels to watch

NZD/USD

Overview
Today last price 0.6275
Today Daily Change 0.0012
Today Daily Change % 0.19
Today daily open 0.6263
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 0.6202
Daily SMA50 0.6283
Daily SMA100 0.6293
Daily SMA200 0.6159
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 0.6267
Previous Daily Low 0.6203
Previous Weekly High 0.6295
Previous Weekly Low 0.6167
Previous Monthly High 0.6538
Previous Monthly Low 0.6131
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 0.6243
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 0.6227
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.6222
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.618
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.6158
Daily Pivot Point R1 0.6286
Daily Pivot Point R2 0.6308
Daily Pivot Point R3 0.635

 

 

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