NZD/USD Price Analysis: Short-term trend probably reversing


  • NZD/USD has probably reversed its downtrend in the short-term timeframe. 
  • It was falling in a large Measured Move pattern, however, there is a chance this may not reach the target for C. 
  • A bullish close on Thursday would result in a “Three White Soldiers” Japanese candlestick reversal pattern on the daily chart. 

NZD/USD has been broadly falling in a bearish three-wave pattern, known as a Measured Move, but intraday charts are now signaling that the short-term trend has probably reversed. 

Measured move price patterns are composed of an A, B, and C leg, in which waves A and C are commonly of the same length – or related by a 0.618 Fibonacci ratio. 


 New Zealand Dollar versus US Dollar: Daily chart

The pattern on NZD/USD has already fallen to its conservative target at the point where C is equal to a 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of wave A (0.5988). It has not yet reached the target calculated as equal to the length of wave A. 

However, over the last three days, the exchange rate has reversed and risen strongly, putting into doubt whether the end of C will be achieved. 

If Thursday’s daily candle ends green and therefore bullish it will complete a Japanese candlestick reversal pattern called a bullish Three White Soldier pattern. This happens when three consecutive updays occur after a long downtrend. It would be accompanied by high bullish momentum reinforcing the pattern’s reliability – a signal the NZD/USD will probably go higher. 

The 4-hour chart, commonly used to assess the short-term trend of an asset, is showing NZD/USD has probably reversed over that timeframe. 

 New Zealand Dollar versus US Dollar: 4-hour chart

Since the April 1 lows, NZD/USD has rallied strongly. It has broken above the last swing high of the prior downtrend at 0.5995 and has completed two sets of higher highs and higher lows. It has done all this on high bullish momentum. This indicates the short-term trend has probably reversed. 

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) momentum indicator is now over 70, indicating price is overbought and there is an increased risk the pair could pull back. If it exits overbought conditions and returns to neutral territory it will give a sell-signal and a correction is anticipated. Such a correction could very well fall back down to the 0.5995 highs for support. 

Since RSI has entered overbought it recommends for long holders trading over a short-term time frame to not increase the size of their positions. If NZD/USD exits overbought it will be a sign to liquidate longs and open shorts. 

Resistance from the 100-period Simple Moving Average (SMA) at 4-hour chart at 0.6034 adds credence to the possibility of a pullback evolving.

 

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