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

 


NZ dollar slips vs. greenback ahead of Fed’s beige book

NZ dollar slips vs. greenback ahead of Fed’s beige book, US manufacturing figures

By Paul McBeth

Jan. 15 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar slipped against the greenback ahead of the Federal Reserve’s regional outlook, known as the beige book, and US manufacturing figures, both of which will likely show more strength in the world’s biggest economy.

The kiwi fell to 83.36 US cents at 5pm in Wellington from 83.77 cents at 8am and 83.70 cents yesterday. The trade-weighted index was 78.87 at 5pm from 78.82 yesterday, having pushed near a post-float high earlier in the day.

The Dollar Index, a measure of the greenback against a basket of currencies, extended gains in local trading, and was recently at 80.86, having found support with better than expected consumer spending figures yesterday. That comes ahead of the Fed’s beige book and the New York Empire manufacturing survey, which will be looked on for signs of strength after a disappointing employment figures last Friday, which some analysts have put down to the harsh winter conditions.

“People will be looking for signs of continued US strength and/or signs of weather distortions,” said Sam Tuck, senior FX strategist at ANZ New Zealand in Auckland. “There’s potential (for more US dollar strength) unless we see distortions in the January data” which would weigh on the kiwi in the short-term, he said.

Government figures today showed food prices slipped in December for their third monthly decline, ahead of the release of the fourth quarter consumer price index next week. Investors are keeping a close watch on New Zealand’s pace of inflation, which may spur an early rate hike by the Reserve Bank if it starts accelerating too much.

Figures yesterday showing upbeat local business confidence and increasing property values continued to underline the divergent fortunes between the New Zealand and Australian economies, which has seen the cross-rate reach new five-year highs. The kiwi climbed to 93.40 Australian cents at 5pm in Wellington from 92.60 cents yesterday.

ANZ’s Tuck said the cross-rate has probably gone too far on a long-term basis, though the elevated level could persist over a shorter timeframe.

The local currency climbed to 87 yen at 5pm in Wellington from 86.53 yen yesterday, and was little changed at 61.13 euro cents from 61.25 cents yesterday. It fell to 50.76 British pence from 51.08 pence yesterday.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: Alex Swney Pleads Guilty To $2.5M Fraud Charge

Alex Swney, former chief executive of the Auckland city centre business association Heart of the City, has pleaded guilty to dishonestly using documents to obtain $2.5 million. More>>

ALSO:

Petrol Burns Prices: Second Consecutive Quarterly Fall For CPI

The consumers price index (CPI) fell 0.3 percent in the March 2015 quarter, following a 0.2 percent fall in the December 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. The last time the CPI showed two consecutive quarterly falls was in the December 1998 and March 1999 quarters. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Broadcasters Launch Battle Against Global Mode ISPs

New Zealand broadcasters have confirmed they’ve launched legal proceedings against internet service providers who give customers’ access to “global mode”, which allows customers access to offshore online content, claiming it breaches the local content providers’ copyright. More>>

ALSO:

Sanford: Closure Of Christchurch Mussel Processing Plant Confirmed

The decision comes after a period of consultation with the 232 staff employed at the Riccarton site, who were told on 9 April that Sanford was considering the future of mussel processing in Christchurch. Recent weather patterns had impacted on natural spat (offspring) supply... More>>

ALSO:

Price Of Cheese: Dairy Product Prices Fall To The Lowest This Year

Dairy product prices fell in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, hitting the lowest level in the 2015 auctions so far, as prices for milk powder and butter slid amid concern about the outlook for commodities. More>>

ALSO:

Houston, We Have An Air Route: Air New Zealand To Fly Direct To The Heart Of Texas

Air New Zealand will fly its completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft between Auckland and Houston up to five times a week opening up the state of Texas as well as popular nearby tourist states such as Louisiana and Florida. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Reserve Bank’s Spencer Calls On Govt To Rethink Housing Tax

The Reserve Bank has urged the government to take another look at a capital gains tax on investment in housing, allow increased high-density development and cut red tape for planning consents to address an over-heated Auckland property market. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news