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With traders leaning positive in risk and potential catalysts ahead from New Zealand, we’re checking out this short-term uptrend in NZD/USD for a potential short-term pullback opportunity.

Before moving on, ICYMI, today’s Daily London Session Watchlist looked at an opportunity forming on GBP/JPY ahead of the Bank of England’s latest monetary policy statement, so be sure to check that out to see if there is still a potential play!

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Upcoming Potential Catalysts on the Economic Calendar

ECB Guindos speech at 5:30 pm GMT
New Zealand Trade Balance at 9:45 pm GMT
Japan Inflation rate at 11:30 pm GMT
Australia Business Confidence at 12:00 am GMT (Dec. 18)
U.K. Consumer confidence at 12:01 am GMT (Dec. 18)
Bank of Japan Interest Rate decision at 3:00 am GMT (Dec. 18)

What to Watch: NZD/USD

NZD/USD 1-Hour Forex Chart
NZD/USD 1-Hour Forex Chart

On the one hour chart above of NZD/USD, we can see forex traders were bullish on the pair after the FOMC meeting yesterday, which confirmed low interest rates in the U.S. for the next couple of years.

After an initial spike lower on the event, the bulls took firm control at the rising “lows” pattern, and pushed NZD/USD to the minor resistance area around 0.7120 and beyond.

With the stochastic indicator now showing potentially short-term overbought conditions after a more than one daily ATR move higher, the rally may have run out of steam and could be in for a pullback.

With no major catalysts expected to potentially shift the overall trend in NZD/USD (U.S. stimulus seems to be the major driving factor right now, with expectations for a deal this week), a pullback could draw in more bulls to play the trend higher.

We will get a potential catalyst from New Zealand in the form of the latest trade balance data, but it’s likely to not be a major market mover unless there is a big surprise.

So, for all of you NZD/USD bulls out there, if the NZ data draws no reaction and NZD/USD does pullback, watch out for bullish reversal candles on a retest of the broken minor resistance area / rising “lows” area marked on the one hour chart above.

If we do see a major catalysts shifting broad risk sentiment negative (e.g., failure to reach U.S. stimulus deal), that could turn the tone on NZD/USD towards negative. In that low probability event, look for a break below the rising “lows” pattern before considering a short position for a swing or short-term play.