NZDUSD SIGNAL 18-04-22 : NZDUSD struggles near its lowest since February amid sustained USD buying.


NZDUSD SIGNAL 18-04-22 : A combination of factors dragged NZDUSD to its lowest level since late February on Monday.

  • The USD stood tall near the two-year peak amid Fed rate hike bets/elevated US bond yields.
  • The risk-off mood also benefitted the safe-haven buck and weighed on the perceived riskier kiwi.

The NZDUSD pair remained depressed through the early European session and was last seen trading around the 0.6730-0.6725 region, or its lowest level since late February.

NZDUSD SIGNAL : Following an early uptick to the 0.6775 area, the NZD/USD pair met with a fresh supply on Monday and turned lower for the fourth successive day. This also marked the eighth day of a negative move in the previous nine and was sponsored by the underlying bullish sentiment surrounding the US dollar.

In fact, the key USD Index stood tall near its highest level since April 2020 and continued drawing support from expectations for a faster policy tightening by the Fed. Apart from this, a fresh leg up in the US Treasury bond yields offered additional support to the already stronger greenback.

Against the backdrop of the Fed’s hawkish outlook, worries about the continuous rise in inflationary pressures remained supportive of elevated US Treasury bond yields. Investors seem worried that a protracted Russia-Ukraine war would drive input costs higher and put upward pressure on inflation.

NZDUSD SIGNAL : This, in turn, took its toll on the global risk sentiment, which was evident from a generally weaker tone around the equity markets. The risk-off mood was seen as another factor that benefitted the greenback’s relative safe-haven status and drove flows away from the perceived riskier kiwi.

With the latest leg down, the NZD/USD pair has now retreated over 300 pips from the YTD peak, around the 0.7035 zone touched earlier this month. The fundamental backdrop seems tilted firmly in favour of bearish traders and supports prospects for an extension of the recent downward trajectory.

In the absence of any major market-moving economic releases from the US, the US bond yields will influence the USD. Traders will further take cues from developments surrounding the Russia-Ukraine saga, which will drive the market risk sentiment and provide some impetus to the NZD/USD pair.

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