USD/ZAR Price Analysis: South African Rand continues to trade near 100-day SMA

  • USD/ZAR trades near the 100-day SMA hurdle at 17.29. 
  • Recent price action and indicators suggest the bounce from the June 10 low has ended.

USD/ZAR is flirting with the 100-day simple moving average (SMA) for the third straight day. At press time, the SMA is located at 17.2924. 

On June 11, the pair crossed above the major average, then located at 16.97. However, so far, the follow-through to the bullish breakout has been dismal. The pair repeatedly failed to take out the psychological hurdle of 17.50 in the five trading days to June 24 and fell back below the 100-day SMA on the following day. 

It looks as though the bounce from the June 10 low of 16.32 ended near 17.50 last week and the broader downtrend from April highs above 19 is about to resume. 

Supporting the bearish case is the 14-day relative strength index, which remains in the bearish territory below 50. The daily chart MACD histogram, an indicator used to identify trend changes and trend strength, is producing lower bars above the zero line, a sign of uptrend exhaustion. 

All-in-all, a fresh drop toward the June 10 low of 16.32 may be seen in the short-term. The South African Rand looks set to eke out gains despite health officials recording a steeper rise in coronavirus infections over the weekend. According to a central bank estimate, South Africa’s economy is likely to contract by 7% in 2020, having entered a recession in the final quarter of 2019. 

Daily chart

Trend: Bearish

Technical levels


Today last price 17.2568
Today Daily Change -0.0173
Today Daily Change % -0.10
Today daily open 17.2741
Daily SMA20 17.0967
Daily SMA50 17.8189
Daily SMA100 17.2835
Daily SMA200 15.9747
Previous Daily High 17.3525
Previous Daily Low 17.1454
Previous Weekly High 17.5322
Previous Weekly Low 17.0913
Previous Monthly High 18.9592
Previous Monthly Low 17.2921
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 17.2734
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 17.2245
Daily Pivot Point S1 17.1622
Daily Pivot Point S2 17.0502
Daily Pivot Point S3 16.9551
Daily Pivot Point R1 17.3692
Daily Pivot Point R2 17.4644
Daily Pivot Point R3 17.5763



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