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

 


NZ dollar little changed as local rates attract investors

NZ dollar little changed as local rates attract investors, outshine weak Chinese manufacturing

By Paul McBeth

March 24 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar was little changed as the relative attraction of rising interest rates outshone weak Chinese manufacturing figures.

The kiwi traded at 85.35 US cents at 5pm in Wellington from 85.40 cents at 8am and 85.32 cents on Friday in New York. The trade-weighted index was 79.94 from 79.91 last week.

The HSBC flash China manufacturing purchasing managers’ index was below expectations at 48.1 this month from a final reading of 48.5 in February, signalling a third month of contracting industrial production in the world’s second-biggest economy. The weak data sparked a short-lived sell-off in the New Zealand dollar, before support from investors keen on the local economic story and rising interest rates weighed in.

New Zealand’s Reserve Bank embarked on a tightening cycle this month, raising the official cash rate 25 basis points to 2.75 percent, and traders have priced in a 94 percent chance of another increase next month, according to the Overnight Index Swap curve.

“They’re most likely going to be raising rates another 25 basis points and that makes the kiwi look relatively attractive,” said Michael Johnston, senior trader at HiFX in Auckland. “The kiwi and Aussie seem to be attracting a bit of interest on dips that don’t last that long.”

Johnston said the biggest risk to the currency this week will come from any heightened tensions in Crimea, due to a light flow of data.

A BusinessDesk survey of nine traders and strategists predicts the local currency may trade between 84 US cents and 87 cents this week, from 85.40 cents at 8am. Three expect the currency to remain relatively unchanged, four expect it to gain and two say it could fall.

The local currency was little changed at 93.98 Australian cents at 5pm in Wellington 93.90 cents on Friday in New York, and increased to 87.74 yen from 87.23 yen. It was little changed at 61.83 euro cents from 61.86 cents last week, and traded at 51.76 British pence from 51.74 pence.

(BusinessDesk)


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

ICT Innovation: Six NZ Finalists In World Summit Awards

The awards are a global showcase of 40 projects, across eight categories, with a special emphasis on those which show the benefits of information and communication technology for the development of communities. New Zealand has finalists in six of the eight categories. More>>

ALSO:

Final Frontier: Rocket Lab And NASA Sign Commercial Space Launch Agreement

Rocket Lab has signed a Commercial Space Launch Act Agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The agreement enables Rocket Lab to use NASA resources - including personnel, facilities and equipment - for launch and reentry efforts. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Wheeler Downplays Scope For ‘Large’ Rates Fall

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler says some market commentators are predicting further declines in interest rates that would only make sense for an economy in recession, although some easing is likely to be needed to maintain New Zealand’s economic growth. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha Dam: Consent Conditions Could Mean Reduced Intensity

Legal advice sought by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council on the Ruataniwha Dam consent conditions has confirmed that farmers who sign up to take water from the dam could be required to reduce the intensity of their farming operation to meet the catchment’s strict nitrogen limit. More>>

Health And Safety: Bill Now Sees Rules Relaxed For Small Businesses

Health and safety law reform sparked by the Pike River coalmine disaster has been reported back from the industrial relations select committee with weakened requirements on small businesses to appoint health and safety representatives and committees. More>>

ALSO:

Bearing Fruit: Annual Fruit Exports Hit $2 Billion For First Time

The value of fruit exported rose 20 percent (up $330 million) for the June 2015 year when compared with the year ended June 2014. Both higher prices and a greater quantity of exports (up 9.0 percent) contributed to the overall rise. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news