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A lack of major catalysts kept the major currencies confined in tight ranges during the Asian session.

Central bankers will be under the spotlight in the next few hours as officials from the BOE, SNB, and BOC make speeches while the ECB publishes its latest minutes.

I’m looking at EUR/NZD for potential trade opportunities. Before I show you the setup, though, you might want to look at the top headlines during the Asian session:

Major Forex Pairs Price Performance from MarketMilk
Major Forex Pairs Price Performance from MarketMilk

Upcoming Potential Catalysts on the Economic Calendar:

  • Switzerland’s unemployment rate at 5:45 am GMT
  • Germany’s trade balance at 6:00 am GMT
  • BOE Governor Bailey to participate in a panel discussion at 7:25 am GMT
  • BOE’s FPC meeting minutes at 8:30 am GMT
  • SNB Governor Jordan to make a speech at 9:30 am GMT
  • ECB’s meeting minutes at 11:30 am GMT
  • BOC Governor Macklem to give a speech at 12:30 pm GMT
  • U.S. initial jobless claims at 12:30 pm GMT

What to Watch: EUR/NZD

EUR/NZD 1-hour Forex Chart
EUR/NZD 1-hour Forex Chart

Earlier today, traders priced in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) considering negative interest rates more seriously than markets had expected. Details point to the RBNZ using its funding scheme to achieve the effects of a negative interest rate instead but the headline stuck and had already weighed on the New Zealand dollar.

EUR/NZD briefly popped higher but found resistance at the 1.7950 handle. The 1.7825 zone is an area to watch as it’s around a 38.2% Fib and strong (but broken) resistance level.

Euro bears can take advantage of the current bearish momentum and a low key 1-hour bearish divergence and then just take profits at the first signs of a support level or bullish pressure.

If today’s ECB meeting minutes or other central bank events lead to more demand for the euro than the Kiwi, however, then you might want to consider jumping on a short-term bullish momentum and target today’s highs near 1.7950 instead.

Whichever bias you’re trading, keep in mind that EUR/NZD tends to move by 109 pips on Thursdays so adjust your entry and stop-loss levels to make sure you don’t get stopped out on a volatility spike.