Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


NZ dollar rises amid stronger US stocks and Europe economy

NZ dollar rises amid strong US stocks and improved Europe economy

Jan. 30 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar is firm, reflecting indications of improving European economies and the expectation that central banks in New Zealand and the United States will keep policy easy this week.

The kiwi was at 83.73 US cents at 8am, up from 83.61 US cents at 5pm on Tuesday.

The international backdrop is looking better with the Dow Jones Industrial Average at a five-year high as this market geared up for a new day.

A positive German consumer confidence report added to the upbeat tone, as the rising euro continued to test US$1.35, a key resistance level.

“It’s nudging ever closer to that magical $1.35 level and someone is going to break through and it will possibly rise to $1.40,” Imre Speizer, senior markets strategist at Westpac said.

He said building permits data due today will not be a market mover.

Traders are waiting for a statement by the US Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee at 8.15am NZ time on Thursday, and the cash rate review by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) which will follow it.

Speizer said the RBNZ comments may be more dovish than the last press release in December, which could cause a little kiwi selling.

The FOMC may reaffirm that stimulatory programmes will be kept in place after mumble previously of a possible exit.

“I’d expect Bernanke (Fed chairman Ben Bernanke) to say parts of the economy have improved but parts are still a bit questionable. That might cause US interest rates to dip. That’s a potential up for the kiwi,” he said.

Friday’s US payrolls data is a big event for the market but evidence ahead of it has been conflicting.

“It’s a crap shoot more than usual,” Speizer said.

The kiwi was at 79.99 Australian cents from 80.16 cents at 5pm on Tuesday and was at 75.94 yen from 76.08.

It was at 62.08 euro cents from 62.16, and at 53.15 British pence from 53.27.

The trade-weighted index was at 75.28 from 75.62.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Must Sell 20 Petrol Stations: Z Cleared To Buy Caltex Assets

Z Energy is allowed to buy the Caltex and Challenge! petrol station chains but must sell 19 of its retail sites and one truck-stop, the Commerce Commission has ruled in a split decision that acknowledges possible retail price coordination between fuel retailers occurs in some regions. More>>

ALSO:

Huntly: Genesis Extends Life Of Coal-Fuelled Power Station To 2022

Genesis Energy will keep its two coal and gas-fired units at Huntly Power Station operating until 2022, having previously said they'd be closed by 2018, after wringing a high price from other electricity generators who wanted to keep them as back-up. More>>

ALSO:

Dammed If You Do: Ruataniwha Irrigation Scheme Hits Farmer Uptake Targets

Enough Hawke's Bay farmers have signed up for water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for it to go ahead as long as a cornerstone institutional capital investor can be found to back it, its regional council promoter announced. More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: OCR Stays At 2.25%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2.25 percent, in a decision traders had said could go either way, while predicting inflation will pick up as the slump in oil prices washes out of the data and capacity pressures start to build in the economy. More>>

ALSO:

Export Values Down: NZ Posts Biggest Annual Trade Deficit In 7 Years

New Zealand has recorded its biggest annual trade deficit since April 2009, reflecting weaker prices of agricultural commodities such as dairy products, beef and lamb, and increased imports of vehicles and machinery. More>>

ALSO:

Currency Events: NZ's New $5 Note Wins International Banknote Award

New Zealand’s new Brighter Money $5 note has been named Banknote of the Year in a prestigious international competition. The $5 note was awarded the IBNS Banknote of the Year title at the International Bank Note Society’s annual meeting. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news