- USD/ZAR fell towards 18,933, near the 20-day SMA.
- South Africa reports inflation figures for August and retail sales for July on Wednesday.
- The Federal Reserve (Fed) is expected to pause but leave the door open for further increases.
In Tuesday’s session, the USD/ZAR faced some selling pressure and dropped to 18.933, losing 0.25%, and appears to be on track to retest the 20-day SMA at 18.880.
All eyes are on Wednesday. South Africa reports the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for August, with the headline figure expected to rise slightly to 4.8% year-on-year, while the core inflation rate is expected to remain stable at 4.7% year-on-year. Retail sales for July are expected to be -1.0% year-on-year, compared to a decline of 0.9% year-on-year in June. Looking ahead to Thursday’s South African Reserve Bank meeting, the decision is likely to be to keep interest rates at 8.25%, despite some earlier expectations of a hike. At the moment, for the next twelve years, the markets do not foresee any increase and discount that the bank will maintain rates at 8.25%.
On the Fed side, markets expect the bank to keep rates steady at 5.25-5.50%, but Chairman Powell is likely to strike a hawkish tone and signal future rate hikes that could benefit the dollar. The strong performance of the US economy, especially in the services sector, and a mixed labor market suggest that the Fed could leave room for a further hike to curb inflation risks.
USD/ZAR Levels to watch
The daily chart shows signs of bullish exhaustion for USD/ZAR. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) indicates a neutral stance above its midline, showing a flat slope in positive territory, while the Moving Average Convergence (MACD) presents neutral red bars. In a broader picture, the pair is above the 20,100,200-day SMA, suggesting that the bears are struggling to challenge the overall uptrend.
Support Levels: 18,880 (20-day SMA), 18,728 (100-day SMA). 18,500.
Resistance levels: 19,000, 19,050, 19,150.
USD/ZAR Daily Chart
|Latest price today||18,933|
|Today Daily Change||-0.0688|
|Today’s daily variation||-0.36|
|Today’s daily opening||19.0018|
|Previous daily high||19.0902|
|Previous daily low||18.9346|
|Previous weekly high||19.1283|
|Previous weekly low||18.7634|
|Previous Monthly High||19.2985|
|Previous monthly low||17.8264|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2||18.9941|
|Fibonacci 61.8% daily||19.0308|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||18.9275|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||18.8533|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||18.7719|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||19.0831|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||19.1645|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||19.2387|
Source: Fx Street
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