USDZAR rallied near 2-week high at 13.08


Global stock markets started to stabilize yesterday and Asian markets bounced back with materials and financial companies leading the way. The dollar and Wall Street regained some composure after the storm caused by the Trump administrations to achieve promised health care reforms, with Investors see positives in Trump’s healthcare bill failure and speculate that he might also not be able to pass measures that are restrictive to global trade.

As I wrote yesterday: “Still, it is interesting to see that even though Brexit comes into view this week that the drama over the ACA was ended on Friday, the fact that the healthcare bill was canceled appears to be the major driver of today’s rally”. However, that was not the case with USDZAR pair, which has rallied above 13.00 driven mostly by politics in South Africa. Despite yesterday’s US dollar weakness, pair manage yesterday to be lifted to one-weeks high of 12.83, which was 50 pips away from yesterday’s low, breaking the 50-day MA at 12.64.

This morning it became public through Bloomberg News that President Jacob Zuma is planning to fire his Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, with USDZAR stormed higher to two-week high of 13.09 in the wake of such a scenario. The 4-hour strengthens in the USDZAR prompted a long position due to the break of the significant 200 period EMA at 12.96. Hence based on the political concerns taking place in SA since yesterday, an entry was taken at 12.97. Based on a 14 day ATR number, target was set at 13.20, which is the confluence of the 38.2 Fibonacci level. Target 2 is at 13.35, which is month’s high. Additionally, the turn of Parabolic SAR yesterday and the aggressive slope of Williams’ Percentage range moving towards oversold territory, suggests a possible upward momentum.

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Andria Pichidi

Market Analyst


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