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

 


NZ dollar heads for 1.2 percent weekly decline

NZ dollar heads for 1.2 percent weekly decline as weak dairy weighs, US jobs report looms

By Paul McBeth

April 4 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar is heading for a 1.2 percent weekly decline after falling dairy prices stoked concerns about the strength of the local recovery, and as investors wait for US jobs figures which are expected to show the world’s biggest economy is improving.

The kiwi fell to 85.58 US cents at 5pm in Wellington from 86.58 cents at the New York close last Friday. It increased from 85.38 cents at 8am and 85.43 cents yesterday. The trade-weighted index rose to 80.12 from 79.94 yesterday, and is heading for a 0.9 percent weekly fall from 80.85 at last week’s close.

The local currency fell out of favour on Wednesday when dairy prices fell at Fonterra Cooperative Group’s latest online auction to their lowest level in almost a year, taking the sheen off New Zealand’s strong economic outlook. Meantime, investors will get another update on the US economy when the government non-farm payrolls report is released on Friday in Washington, which is seen as a gauge of how quickly the Federal Reserve will start moving to normal monetary policy settings.

“The kiwi was as strong as 10 men, now it’s had its big rally and the final straw to break the camel’s back was the Fonterra announcement,” said Michael Johnston, senior dealer at HiFX in Auckland. “The short-term focus is most squarely on the US non-farms, and the kiwi will stay in a tight range until then.”

If the US jobs number comes in better than expected, the kiwi will probably extend its decline, though if it disappoints the local currency may gain, HiFX’s Johnston said.

The local currency rose to 62.41 euro cents at 5pm in Wellington from 62.09 cents yesterday after the European Central Bank said it was ready to take further action to see off the threat of deflation, including the use of quantitative easing, lower rates or a negative deposit rate.

The kiwi traded at 92.61 Australian cents from 92.66 cents yesterday, and increased to 88.91 yen from 88.81 yen. It advanced to 51.59 British pence from 51.34 pence yesterday.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Reserve Bank: Labour Calls For Monetary Policy To Expand Goals

Labour's comments follow a speech today by RBNZ governor Graeme Wheeler in which Wheeler sought to answer critics who variously say he should stop lowering interest rates, lower them faster, or that inflation-targeting should no longer be the primary goal of the central bank's activities. More>>

ALSO:

BSA Extension And Sunday Morning Ads: Digital Convergence Bill Captures Online Content

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has today announced the Government’s plans to update the Broadcasting Act to better reflect today’s converged market... The Government considered four areas as part of its review into content regulation: classification requirements, advertising restrictions, election programming and contestable funding. More>>

ALSO:

March 2017: Commerce Commission Delays Decision On Fairfax-NZME

The Commerce Commission has delayed its decision on the proposed merger between NZME and Fairfax Media's New Zealand assets, saying the deal is complex and it needs more time to assess the impact on both news content and the advertising market. More>>

ALSO:

Plan Plan: Permanent Independent Hearings Panel Proposed For Planning

The Productivity Commission recommends creating a permanent independent hearings panel like the one that cut through local politics to settle Auckland’s Unitary Plan, for the whole country. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics: NZ Jobless Rate Falls To 5.1% Under New Methodology

New Zealand's unemployment rate fell more than expected in the second quarter as Statistics New Zealand adopted a new way of measuring the labour market to bring the country in line with international practices, and while a growing economy continued to support jobs growth. More>>

ALSO:

Eggs-it Strategy: Countdown Programme For Free Range And Barn Launches

Countdown has today launched an Egg Producer Programme to support free range and barn egg farmers to increase the supply available for Countdown stores and our customers. More>>

ALSO:

LVRs: Banks Get An Extra Month To Meet New Lending Restrictions

The Reserve Bank won't impose new lending restrictions for highly-leveraged investment purchases until the start of October, giving lenders an extra month to clear their backlog of pre-approvals. More>>

ALSO:

Commerce Commission: Charges Against Youi Insurance

The Commerce Commission has filed charges in the Auckland District Court against insurance firm Youi NZ Pty Limited, alleging it employed misleading sales techniques when attempting to sell policies to consumers who were only seeking a quote. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news