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The Pound-to-New Zealand-Dollar Rate this Week: Aiming Higher after Breakout From Range

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- GBP/NZD breaks higher from range following consolidation

- More upside expected amid new uptrend, to target at 2.000.

- GBP to be driven by Brexit as NZD looks to Q2 GDP data. 

The Pound-to-New-Zealand-Dollar rate was trading around 1.9533 at the start of the new week after closing the previous one 2.47% higher on Friday, although studies of the charts suggest the pair is set to continue rising after having established a new short-term uptrend.

The 4 hour chart, used to determine the short-term outlook over the coming week, shows how the pair has broken out of the sideways range or triangle pattern that saw it trading between 1.90 and 1.94 ever since mid-to-late August.

This breakout is likely to extend higher to an initial upside target at 1.9660, followed by 1.9800. A break above the 1.9620 highs would confirm a further move to the upside. The pair is currently pulling back down to support, from resistance at the top of the new range around the 1.9500 level, but should resume its uptrend eventually.

Above: GBP/NZD rate shown at 4-hour intervals.

The daily chart shows how the pair is probably rising in a ‘measured move’ price pattern after bouncing off support from a major trendline. The c-d wave of the pattern is currently unfolding and likely to extend higher to a target at around 2.000 and the May highs.   

A break above the 1.9620 highs would probably confirm a continuation higher; a further break above 1.9800 would likely green-light the final tranche up to 2.0000. The daily chart provides a view of the medium-term outlook which includes the next week to month. 

Above: GBP/NZD rate shown at daily intervals.

The weekly chart shows how the pair has rebounded after finding support on a major trendline - it has broken above the 50 and 200 week MAs and is likely to continue rising up to a target at 2.000 and the May highs. 

After touching the May highs, the exchange rate will probably pull back down and possibly consolidate in a sideways range for a while before unfolding in its next directional move higher or lower.

Above: GBP/NZD rate shown at weekly intervals.

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The New Zealand Dollar: What to Watch

The main fundamental factors driving the New Zealand Dollar (Kiwi) in the week ahead are second-quarter GDP data, the price of oil and global risk appetites. 

New Zealand's economy is expected to have grown 0.4% in the second quarter, marking a slowdown from the 0.6% growth of the previous quarter and in line with the steadily declining trend. The data is out at 23.45 BST on Wednesday. The result may affect expectations for Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) interest rate policy.

“A solid GDP print in New Zealand would make it less likely that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand will ease policy again in its remaining two meetings of 2019,” says Raffi Boyadijian, an analyst at forex broker XM.com.

Above: Refinitiv graph showing trend in New Zealand GDP growth.

Oil prices may also impact on the Kiwi after a drone strike on a Saudi oilfield knocked out about half the country’s supply, which could weigh on the risk-sensitive Kiwi and offset a recent easing of concern about the U.S.-China trade war. Trade fears have eased after signs China and the U.S. are edging closer to a lasting trade detente.   

“In currency markets, the yuan was stronger, with USD/CNY down 0.5% to 7.0795, with further evidence of goodwill on US-China trade relations,” says Jason Wong, an analyst at BNZ. “On Friday, China’s Ministry of Commerce said that it was encouraging companies to buy US farm products including soybeans and pork and will exclude those commodities from additional tariffs. This followed the announcement earlier in the week of tariff exemptions for other products including pharmaceuticals and lubricant oil and the US delaying some planned tariffs from 1 October to 15 October.”

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The Pound: What to Watch

Brexit will probably continue to be the main driver of the Pound in the coming week despite high profile events like the Bank of England (BOE) interest rate decision on Thursday, inflation data on Wednesday and retail sales Thursday. 

The UK government’s progress towards agreeing a Brexit deal with the EU before the October 31 deadline is likely to take centre stage, with the main focus on finding a solution which maintains a frictionless border with Ireland after Brexit so as to maintain the integrity of the Good Friday agreement.

It is said the government is considering a variety of different options in this regard, including placing a border down the Irish sea with Northern and Southern Ireland having greater regulatory alignment. This would especially be the case in the ‘agri-food’ and electricity sectors where the whole island is already heavily integrated as one. 

Rumours of a breakthrough helped the Pound storm to new highs last week and there is a risk the same might happen in the week ahead. Recent surprisingly strong data has eased concerns the UK might be entering a recession but economic figures are likely to play only a minor role in the Pound’s trajectory. The BOE meeting on Thursday is also unlikely to cause volatility since the bank will probably not alter its policy until after the Brexit process. 

“We are not going to get that (a change in policy) from the BOE,” says Raffi Boyadijian, a strategist at XM.com. “They have so far stood by their slight tightening bias; and given the expected extension to the Brexit deadline, which we are likely to get out to the end of January next year - unless we get a Brexit deal - and the easing risks of a UK recession, after recent UK data has surprised to the upside, there is no risk of an imminent recession in the UK."

 

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