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NZD/USD Reclaims 0.6100 Amid Weaker USD, Limited Upside

NZD/USD Reclaims 0.6100 Amid Weaker USD, Limited Upside

The NZD/USD pair is experiencing some dip-buying during the Asian session on Monday, aiming to build on Friday’s modest bounce from the mid-0.6000s, its lowest level since mid-May. Currently, spot prices hover around the 0.6100 mark due to a modest weakening of the US Dollar (USD). However, there remains a lack of bullish conviction amid uncertainties regarding the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) potential rate-cut path.

On Friday, the US Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index confirmed the ongoing disinflationary trend, aligning with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) data for May. This reinforced market expectations that the Fed might begin cutting interest rates at the September policy meeting, putting USD bulls on the defensive. Additionally, a positive tone in US equity futures has undermined the safe-haven appeal of the USD, lending support to the NZD/USD pair.

Despite this, the Fed adopted a more hawkish stance during the June policy meeting, forecasting only one interest rate cut in 2024. Further complicating the outlook, President Joe Biden’s challenging debate with his Republican opponent has increased the odds of a Trump presidency. This potential shift in leadership has raised concerns about the imposition of aggressive tariffs by the Trump administration, which could fuel inflation and trigger higher interest rates. This scenario supports elevated US Treasury bond yields, potentially limiting further USD losses.

Moreover, expectations that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) might cut rates earlier than anticipated, coupled with China’s economic struggles, could deter bullish traders from placing fresh bets on the NZD/USD pair. Official data released on Sunday revealed that China’s manufacturing activity declined for the second consecutive month in June, while services activity fell to a five-month low. These factors suggest caution before confirming that the NZD/USD pair has formed a near-term bottom.

Looking ahead, traders will focus on important US macroeconomic releases at the start of the new month, including the ISM Manufacturing PMI, which may offer short-term opportunities during the North American session. However, the primary focus will be on the closely-watched US monthly employment report, known as the Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) report, scheduled for Friday. This report will play a crucial role in influencing near-term USD price dynamics and driving the NZD/USD pair.