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According to Imre Speizer, analyst at Westpac, the early Oct rise in NZD/USD from 0.6204 to 0.6337 has the potential to extend to the 0.6400 area over the next week.

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“Speculators appear to be extremely short the NZD, according to CFTC futures data (chart across), providing one source of support. However good US-China trade news is probably required to give the NZD a meaningful lift near term.”

“Next week’s CPI data will need to be quite weak to surprise the RBNZ which has forecast a fall in the annual pace from 1.7% to 1.3%.”

“Multi-month, though, we remain bearish, targeting 0.6130 which was the 2015 low. We expect the NZD to be weighed down by slowing economic growth which is likely to persist until year-end. At the same time, we expect the USD to benefit from trade wars and global risks.”