Scroll Top

USD/ZAR Shrugs Off Resurgent Greenback, Eyes Break of 17.50 Assist



  • USD/ZAR Fails on the 200-Day MA Resting on the 18.0000 Hurdle.
  • USD/ZAR Has a Historical past of Trending for Lengthy Durations. Are we in for a Sustained Interval of ZAR Power?
  • US Knowledge and Comfortable Touchdown Narrative Might Drive USD/ZAR Value Motion within the Coming Weeks.
  • To Study Extra About Value Motion, Chart Patterns and Transferring Averages, Try the DailyFX Schooling Part.

MOST READ: USD/ZAR Rises as SA Reserve Financial institution (SARB) Pauses After 10 Consecutive Hikes

The South African Reserve Banks (SARB) current pause within the mountaineering cycle was little doubt met with cheers by many shoppers domestically, but the Central Financial institution and a few economists feared additional depreciation for the ZAR could also be within the offing. Following an preliminary selloff nonetheless, the ZAR has held agency with USDZAR struggling to reclaim the 18.0000 mark.


Trying forward into subsequent week and USDZAR worth motion is prone to be pushed by USD components over the short-term. Typically information releases from South Africa aside from rate of interest choices don’t have a tendency to maneuver the needle on USDZAR all that a lot.

The FOMC assembly this week had many analysts divided as market members appear to be of the opinion that the Federal Reserve are performed mountaineering charges for 2023, regardless of Fed Chair Powell leaving the door open for additional tightening.

Fed Funds Chance


Supply: Refinitiv

Earlier right this moment US Core PCE information got here in beneath estimates and falling 0.5% from the Could print of 4.6%. This can clearly be one other win for the Federal Reserve in addition to market members hoping the height fee is in. This clearly follows on from constructive Q2 GDP information as nicely and with the robustness of the labor market discuss of a smooth touchdown is prone to speed up.

Over the subsequent two weeks US information may maintain the important thing with ISM service PMI adopted the NFP jobs report after which after all the most recent US inflation numbers on August 10. These occasions will doubtless be a key driving pressure for the US Greenback over the subsequent 2 weeks and will have an enormous say within the path of USDZAR.

image2.pngA screenshot of a phone  Description automatically generated

For all market-moving financial releases and occasions, see the DailyFX Calendar


Trying forward for South Africa and the current bout of chilly temperatures has resulted in an uptick in loadshedding. This clearly may weigh on the ZAR and the SA Reserve Financial institution outlook shifting ahead with loadshedding cited as a key space of concern with regard to financial progress prospects for the remainder of the yr. Eskom having spent a loopy quantity over the previous three months on diesel provides in an effort to decrease the levels of loadshedding, nonetheless this isn’t sustainable over the long run because it threatens to additional destabilize the facility utilities monetary place. This might imply as winter attracts to an in depth, larger levels of loadshedding could return on a extra everlasting foundation.


USDZAR from a technical standpoint has at all times fascinated me as we are inclined to development for a sustained time frame. Trying again traditionally and developments appear to run for 3-Four months at a time earlier than we see a big change within the general development of the pair. That is one thing which has continued this yr with the upside rally starting on February 2 from the lows across the 16.9200 mark all the way in which to the 19.9200 mark on June 1.

Since then, we now have seen USDZAR staircase its manner decrease towards the 17.5000 deal with which is holding agency on the minute. The vary between the 17.5000-18.0000 mark has been holding for the previous 2 weeks regardless of a number of financial occasion threat for each the ZAR and the USD.

Trying forward and right this moment’s rejection of the 18.0000 mark as soon as extra wants acceptance with a every day candle shut beneath the 17.5000 space (highlighted in pink on the chart) for additional draw back to achieve traction. Such a transfer would carry the February swing low at 16.9200 into focus earlier than a check of the YTD low across the 16.7000 deal with comes into focus. Alternatively, given the velocity of the current selloff we might be in for a short-term retracement notably if US information stays strong with first space of resistance the 18.0000 mark which traces up with the 200-day MA. A break larger right here may carry a retest of 18.5000 into focus which is a key confluence space as we now have the 100-day MA resting there as nicely.

USD/ZAR Every day Chart, July 28, 2023


Supply: TradingView, Ready by Zain Vawda

— Written by Zain Vawda for

Contact and observe Zain on Twitter: @zvawda

DailyFX supplies foreign exchange information and technical evaluation on the developments that affect the worldwide forex markets.

Leave a comment