NZD/USD finds support near 0.6600, consolidates daily losses

  • US Dollar Index looks to close slightly below 97.50.
  • Fed's Evans says he is comfortable with current stance of policy.
  • Coming up: Total Filled Jobs data from New Zealand.

The broad-based USD strength on Thursday weighed on the NZD/USD pair and dragged it to its lowest level in more than two weeks at 0.6600. With the trading action turning subdued in the late American session, the pair recovered a small part of its daily losses and was last seen trading at 0.6612, down 0.5% on a daily basis.

The US Dollar Index, which gained traction on the back of surging US Treasury bond yields on Wednesday, continued to push higher on Thursday and is looking to close the day in the positive territory a little below 97.50.

USD stays strong ahead of NFP

The only data from the US revealed that Initial Jobless Claims fell to 214,000 in the week ending January 3rd from 223,000 to provide an additional boost to the greenback. Moreover, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said that he was "pretty comfortable" with the current stance of the monetary policy and added that he was expecting inflation to rise toward their target level of 2% in 2020.

On Friday, Statistics New Zealand will publish the Total Jobs Filled data. In the second half of the day, markets will be watching the US Nonfarm Payroll report closely. Previewing the NFP data, "through the volatility, the trend has slowed from 200K-plus in 2018, but not dramatically," said TD Securities analysts. "As noted, our 145K forecast for payrolls implies a 189K average for Q4 (assuming no revisions), which is above the 173K average for the first nine months of the year. The implication: The December reading could be even weaker without necessarily signaling a major slowing in the trend.”

Technical levels to consider


Today last price 0.6612
Today Daily Change -0.0037
Today Daily Change % -0.56
Today daily open 0.6649
Daily SMA20 0.6647
Daily SMA50 0.652
Daily SMA100 0.643
Daily SMA200 0.6519
Previous Daily High 0.6673
Previous Daily Low 0.6617
Previous Weekly High 0.6756
Previous Weekly Low 0.6643
Previous Monthly High 0.6756
Previous Monthly Low 0.6424
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 0.6652
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 0.6638
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.6619
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.659
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.6563
Daily Pivot Point R1 0.6675
Daily Pivot Point R2 0.6702
Daily Pivot Point R3 0.6731



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