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


NZ dollar advances as investor mood turns buoyant

NZ dollar advances as investor mood turns buoyant, boosting equities and commodity currencies

By Tina Morrison

Feb 25 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar rose to a week high against other major currencies overnight as investors felt more buoyant, underpinning stocks and commodity currencies.

The kiwi touched a week high of 83.41 US cents this morning and was trading at 83.38 cents at 8am in Wellington, from 82.77 cents at 5pm yesterday. The trade-weighted index advanced to 78.20 from 77.76 yesterday.

Investor risk appetite improved, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 to a record high, underpinned by expectations that heavily indebted Ukraine would receive international aid, and as German business confidence climbed to the strongest level in 2 ½ years and Eurozone inflation was revised higher. Improved sentiment bolstered demand for commodity currencies such as the New Zealand and Australian dollars.

“It seems to be a global risk story,” said Peter Cavanaugh, client advisor at Bancorp Treasury Services. “The world is less scary. There’s been quite a mixed bag of data and events lately but the markets in the last 24 hours have grabbed the good stuff and anything that has been ambivalent like what is happening in the Ukraine is being viewed positively because it is progress.”

In New Zealand today, traders are awaiting the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s latest inflation expectations survey, scheduled for release at 3pm, which may show that the two year ahead measure remains above the central bank’s 2 percent midpoint target. The measure was last at 2.34 percent.

ANZ also releases its regional trends survey for the fourth quarter at 1pm, which can be a guide to the economic growth rate.

The New Zealand dollar rose to week high of 60.70 euro cents, and was trading at 60.69 cents at 8am from 60.25 cents yesterday.

The kiwi advanced to a week high of 50.10 British pence and was trading at 50.08 pence at 8am from 49.74 pence yesterday.

The local currency touched a week high of 85.50 yen and was trading at 85.46 yen at 8am from 84.63 yen yesterday.

The New Zealand dollar weakened to 92.21 Australian cents at 8am from 92.34 cents yesterday.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Welcome Home: Record High Migration Stokes 41-Year High Population Growth

New Zealand annual net migration hit a new high in October as more people arrived from than departed for Australia for the first time in more than 20 years. More>>


Citizens' Advice Bureau: Report Shows Desperate Housing Situation Throughout NZ

CAB's in-depth analysis of over 2000 client enquiries about emergency accommodation shows vulnerable families, pregnant women and children living in cars and garages, even after seeking assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand. More>>


Speaking For The Bees: Greens Call For Neonicotinoid Pesticide Ban

The National Government should ban the use of controversial pesticides called neonicotinoids after evidence has revealed that even at low doses they cause harm to bee populations, the Green Party said today. More>>


Science Awards: NZAS Celebrate NZ Scientific Achievements

The Marsden Medal is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science, in recognition of service rendered to the cause or profession of science in the widest connotation of the phrase. This year’s medal is awarded to Dr Mike Andrews. More>>


Court Rules: Affco 'Unlawfully' Locked Out Meat Workers

The note says the full court found for the plaintiffs, "that is that the defendant locked out the second plaintiffs unlawfully and that it breached s 32 of the Act by acting otherwise than in good faith towards the plaintiffs while collective bargaining was still going on." More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news