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Forex: Westpac Institutional Bank Morning ReportNew Zealand Dollar: NZD tumbles on more soft data Europe gains on technical trading
NZD/USD traded sideways following the open of Friday's local session ahead of the much anticipated Q1 GDP number. The NZD was under pressure immediately as the GDP data came in below expectation; rising 0.6% for the quarter against market expectation of 0.8%. The currency fell to an intraday low of 0.7031 and then slowly recovered to close the local session around 0.7060. The offshore session provided yet more volatility as the NZD surged through 0.7100 initially on a weaker USD. However stops were triggered on the NZD around this level and it eventually posted a high of 0.7123. Sellers of NZD/USD soon emerged and pushed the currency back below 0.7100 and it again tested support at 0.7030. It opens around 0.7050 this morning.
Australian Dollar: AUD has a dull day
The AUD opened around 0.7720 on Friday morning and softened slightly after the open. AUD/USD was then sold through 0.7700 on the back of the weaker than expected NZ GDP data. Stops triggered around 0.7695 then took the currency to a low of 0.7690. The AUD spent the remainder of the day range trading with no further data to provide direction. Trading overnight saw the currency dragged up on technical selling of the greenback where it posted an intraday high of 0.7745. AUD selling saw the currency push lower aided by stops on the way down. The currency opens around 0.7686 this morning.\ in oil prices. Oil particularly affects JPY as Japan imports the majority of its energy needs.
Major Currencies: Europe gains on technical trading
The dollar slipped against major European currencies on Friday, largely due to technical trading factors. After consolidating around 1.2020 the euro
was sent into free-fall to 1.1981, which proved to be the next level of support, and equally fast the euro bounced back to around 1.2030. From there it pushed higher, touching a high of 1.2107. Sterling
followed the euro during its push higher, ending up 0.5% at 1.8248. Elsewhere JPY
slipped to 109.30, the main reason seen as record highs
US durable orders surge 5.5% in May.
This reflected a 165% surge in civilian aircraft orders. But excluding transport, orders fell slightly, and core capital goods orders were down 2.3%, their third decline in four months. Elsewhere in the detail, the only strength was a 14% bounce in defence after a 17% April fall. Everything else was close to flat or down. That is consistent with the slower business surveys of late, and points to sluggish business investment.
US new home sales rose 2.1% in May,
but recent history was once again revised down, such that the annualised pace of 1.298mn just shy of October's record 1.306mn pace. That is still very strong, especially considering that a near 25% fall in the north-east may have been related to poor weather later last month (and hence temporary). Given the property investment boom that is now apparent across much of the States, supported by very low bond and hence mortgage rates, we expect new records to be progressively set and broken for monthly sales through the year.
Canadian CPI 1.6% yr in May.
The CPI headline annual rate plunged 0.8 ppts in May, with softer energy prices pulling the monthly index down 0.2%, compared to an energy driven 0.6% spike in May last year. Core inflation pressures were also subdued, with the Bank of Canada's preferred measure drifting down to 1.6% yr, well below the mid-point of the 1-3% target band.
German CPI rises to 1.9% yr in June.
With the German CPI jumping 0.2 ppts, the broader Euroland CPI flash estimate later this week is likely to rise from 1.9% yr in May to 2.0% or even a little higher – once again breaching the "close to but below 2%" ECB definition of price stability. However with core inflation averaging 1.5% yr for most of this year so far, the ECB will not be too concerned, and should continue to leave monetary policy unchanged. Indeed a rate cut could be justified, but is unlikely.
Country Release Last Forecast
27 Jun Eur Apr Current Account EURbn nsa 3.0 n/f
Ger Jun Ifo Business Climate Index 92.9 93.1
UK Jun House Prices (N’wide BS) 0.3% n/f
May BBA Lending Data
28 Jun NZ May Merch Trade Bal NZDmn -147 280
US Jun Conf Brd Cons Confidence 102.2 107.0
Latest Research papers/Publication
• NZ Q1 GDP Review (24 June)
• NZ Q1 Current Account Review (23 June)
• NZ Q2 Consumer Confidence (22 June)
• NZ Weekly Forex Outlook (20 June)
• NZ Weekly Interest Rate Wrap-up (20 June)
• NZ Q1 GDP Preview (17 June)
• NZ Q1 Current Account Preview (17 June)
These papers/publications are available on Online Research on
Westpac Institutional Bank’s website (www.wib.westpac.co.nz)
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