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

 

NZ dollar largely flat on the week ahead of US jobs figures

NZ dollar largely flat on the week ahead of US employment figures

By Paul McBeth

Jan. 10 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar is heading for a 0.3 percent dip this week as investors await the release of US employment figures, which are seen as a cue for the Federal Reserve’s view on the pace of scaling back its monetary stimulus.

The kiwi traded at 82.46 US cents at 5pm in Wellington from 82.72 cents at last week’s close, little changed from 82.43 cents at 8am and 82.57 cents yesterday. The trade-weighted index slipped to 78.14 from 78.30 yesterday, and was little changed from 78.30 at last Friday’s close.

A BusinessDesk survey of 11 traders and strategists on Monday predicted the local currency would trade between 81.20 US cents and 84.50 cents this week. Nine expected the currency to rise, one said it would be unchanged and one tipped a decline.

Investors are awaiting non-farm payrolls employment figures on Friday in Washington, and may expect a slightly better number after upbeat private data and lower unemployment claims. The strength of the US labour market is seen as a key plank in the Fed’s plans to unwind quantitative easing, after cutting the monthly bond buying programme by US$10 billion this month to US$75 billion.

“It’s a market that’s pretty thin and waiting for tomorrow morning’s announcement,” said Alex Hill, head of dealing at HiFX in Auckland. “It’s going to need decent variance away from expectations to really do anything” to shift the kiwi out of its recent range, he said.

HiFX’s Hill said the Reserve Bank’s outlook will be key for the kiwi, with the next policy review later this month.

The trans-Tasman currencies largely ignored Chinese trade figures showing an 8.3 percent lift in imports last month. The kiwi fell to 92.63 Australian cents at 5pm in Wellington from 92.90 cents yesterday.

The local currency was little changed at 86.50 yen from 86.55 yen yesterday, and declined to 60.57 euro cents from 60.79 cents. It edged down to 50.04 British pence from 50.17 pence.

(BusinessDesk)


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Snail-ier Mail: NZ Post To Ditch FastPost

New Zealand Post customers will see a change to how they can send priority mail from 1 January 2018. The FastPost service will no longer be available from this date. More>>

ALSO:

Property Institute: English Backs Of Debt To Income Plan

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church is applauding today’s decision, by Prime Minister Bill English, to take Debt-to-income ratios off the table as a tool available to the Reserve Bank. More>>

ALSO:

Divesting: NZ Super Fund Shifts Passive Equities To Low-Carbon

The NZ$35 billion NZ Super Fund’s NZ$14 billion global passive equity portfolio, 40% of the overall Fund, is now low-carbon, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Split Decision - Appeal Planned: EPA Allows Taranaki Bight Seabed Mine

The Decision-making Committee, appointed by the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority to decide a marine consent application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd, has granted consent, subject to conditions, for the company to mine iron sands off the South Taranaki Bight. More>>

ALSO: