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

 


NZ dollar slips vs. Aussie after RBA seen softening language

NZ dollar slips vs. Aussie after RBA seen softening language around high currency

By Tina Morrison

July 2 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar slipped against its Australian counterpart after the Reserve Bank of Australia didn't complain about the elevated level of the Aussie yesterday as much as expected, encouraging traders to push it higher.

The kiwi touched a week low of 92.29 Australian cents, and was trading at 92.38 cents at 8am in Wellington from 92.75 cents at 5pm yesterday. The local currency rose to 87.71 US cents from 87.67 cents yesterday after failing to break through 88 cents with a high of 87.91 cents.

The Australian dollar outperformed other major currencies overnight, rising above 95 US cents for the first time since November. Australia's central bank yesterday kept its benchmark interest rate at 2.5 percent as expected but didn't complain about the high level of the currency as much as expected, lamenting that the currency was high by historical standards, particularly given declines in key commodities and was offering less assistance in achieving balanced growth.

"It's essentially them saying the high Aussie dollar is a nuisance. They are not even saying it is a threat or that they are prepared to do anything about it," said Peter Cavanaugh, client adviser at Bancorp Treasury Services. "They have toned down their language a little bit and in the current environment with the global hunt for yield it gave the Australian dollar a boost."

Also underpinning the Aussie, reports on Chinese manufacturing yesterday printed stronger than expected, boosting optimism about exports to the country's largest trading partner.

Weighing on the kiwi, dairy product prices fell to the lowest level since January 2013 in Fonterra Cooperative Group's latest GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight. The GDT price index fell 4.9 percent to US$3,595 a tonne, the ninth decline in the last 10 auctions.

Today, the focus will be on the ANZ Commodity Price Index scheduled for release at 1pm.

The kiwi touched a week low of 51.02 British pence after a better-than-expected UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index boosted expectations the Bank of England may have to hike rates sooner than anticipated. The local currency was trading at 51.14 British pence at 8am from 51.24 pence yesterday.

The New Zealand dollar advanced to 64.13 euro cents from 64.05 cents yesterday after the Eurozone PMI fell to 51.8 in June from 52.2 in May and its lowest level since November.

The local currency rose to 89.07 yen from 88.92 yen after the Tankan survey of Japanese business conditions showed weakness in the nation's economy, fuelling speculation the Bank of Japan will ease policy further. The trade-weighted index was recently little changed at 81.23 from 81.25 yesterday.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Keep Digging: Seabed Ironsands Miner TransTasman Tries Again

The first company to attempt to gain a resource consent to mine ironsands from the ocean floor in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone has lodged a new application containing fresh scientific and other evidence it hopes will persuade regulators after their initial application was turned down in 2014. More>>

Wool Pulled: Duvets Sold As ‘Premium Alpaca’ Mostly Sheep’s Wool

Rotorua business Budge Collection Limited (Budge) and sole director, Sun Dong Kim, were convicted and fined a total of $71,250 in Auckland District Court after each pleading guilty to four charges of misrepresenting how much alpaca fibre was in their duvets. More>>

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:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news