NZD/USD: Muted reaction to China data, Friday’s close pivotal

  • With risk under pressure, NZD/USD is struggling to cheer the slight improvement in the China data. 
  • China's Services PMI remained below 50 in March, but printed well above February's reading of 26.
  • Thursday's Doji candle suggests indecision and makes Friday's close pivotal.

NZD/USD is barely moving in response to the China service sector data released at 01:45 GMT. 

Caixin’s Services PMI for March came in at 43 versus February’s reading of 26. While a below-50 reading indicates contraction, the pace of decline in the activity eased in March. 

Meanwhile, Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s governor Orr was out on the wires early Friday, stating that the bank can increase stimulus and maintain it for a longer period of time, if needed.

The market, however, is in no mood to cheer the slight improvement in China’s data or assurances from RBNZ’s Orr, possibly because the number of coronavirus cases across the globe continue to rise and have crossed the 1 million mark. 

The situation in the US, the world’s largest economy is deteriorating, as suggested by the record weekly jobless claims figure released Thursday. Adding to concerns are reports that China risks a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in the country’s wuhan province.

With risk under pressure, as shown by the decline in the S&P 500 futures, the NZD/USD pair could feel the pull of gravity. The pair is currently sidelined near 0.5910, having created a Doji candle on Thursday, a sign of indecision in the marketplace. 

A close above the Doji candle’s high of 0.5973 would mean the period of indecision has ended with a bullish breakout and could yield a notable upside move. On the other hand, a close under the Doji candle’s low could bring in additional declines. 

Technical levels


Today last price 0.591
Today Daily Change -0.0006
Today Daily Change % -0.10
Today daily open 0.5916
Daily SMA20 0.5987
Daily SMA50 0.6237
Daily SMA100 0.6405
Daily SMA200 0.6424
Previous Daily High 0.5974
Previous Daily Low 0.588
Previous Weekly High 0.607
Previous Weekly Low 0.5589
Previous Monthly High 0.645
Previous Monthly Low 0.547
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 0.5938
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 0.5916
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.5873
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.5829
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.5778
Daily Pivot Point R1 0.5967
Daily Pivot Point R2 0.6018
Daily Pivot Point R3 0.6062



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