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Forex: Westpac Institutional Bank Morning ReportNew Zealand Dollar NZD briefly through 0.7000
The NZD traded in a very tight 15 point range throughout the day due to the public holiday in Wellington. Overnight the currency pair broke out of its all too familiar range to post a three week high of 0.7008. The catalyst for this sharp move higher was real money accounts bidding and continued selling of the AUD/NZD cross after the below forecast Australian Q4 PPI data. However NZD failed to hold onto this level as it ran into a wall of offers and consequently dropped back below 0.7000.
Australian Dollar: AUD rangebound ahead of CPI
A quiet start to what is shaping up to be quite an important week with CPI due out on Wed. The AUD was rangebound throughout the day with the market largely ignoring the slightly weaker-than- expected PPI data, although buying interest out of Tokyo continued to support the currency above 0.7880 for much of the day. Overnight AUD traded in a similar range firstly testing 0.7900 then retreating to finish the session on its lows as selling of the AUD/NZD cross picked up pace.
Major Currencies: Yen slips to four-year lows against USD
The USD traded in subdued ranges against most major currencies on Monday but managed to rally against a weak Japanese yen. Speculation that the Bank of Japan was increasing local interest rates has been quashed over recent days and the market has been largely pricing out any near-term monetary policy tightening. The resultant yen weakness helped USD/JPY rally to 121.80 yesterday, a high since early 2003. The euro also benefited with EUR/JPY rallying to 157.65, within reach of all-time highs at 158.05. There was little offshore data overnight so other major currencies kept to tight ranges against the USD: the euro traded around 1.2950; Sterling traded quietly but managed to hit a six week high at 1.9788 and opens today at 1.9770.
No US data.
The Dec leading index was on the schedule, but it
has been delayed 24 hours for technical reasons.
UK house prices up 13.5% yr in Jan.
The Rightmove index has accelerated back to a pace last seen in 2004.
Date Country Release Last Forecast
23 Jan Aust Dec NAB Business Survey 14 n/f
US Jan Richmond Fed Index â€“6 2
Jpn Bank of Japan Minutes
Eur Nov Industrial Orders â€“0.6 0.8%
UK Jan CBI Industrial Trends Survey 11 8
Can Dec CPI %yr 1.4% 1.6%
Dec CPI Core Ex 8 %yr 2.2% 2.2%
Nov Retail Sales â€“0.7% 1.0%
Dec Leading Index 0.5% 0.4%
24 Jan Aust Q4 Headline CPI 0.9% 0.2%
Q4 Avg RBA Core CPI 0.8% 0.8%
Jpn Nov All-Industry Activity Index 1.7% â€“0.2%
Latest Research papers/Publication
â€¢ NZ inflation expectations (18 January)
â€¢ RBNZ OCR Preview (17 January)
â€¢ NZ Q4 CPI Review (17 January)
â€¢ NZ Q4 QSBO Review (16 January)
â€¢ NZ Weekly Forex Outlook (15 January)
â€¢ NZ Q4 CPI Preview (11 January)
â€¢ NZ Q4 Employment Confidence Index (10 January)
â€¢ NZ Q3 GDP Review (21 December)
â€¢ NZ Q3 Current Account Review (20 December)
â€¢ NZ Q4 Consumer Confidence (20 December)
These papers/publications are available on Online Research on Westpac
Institutional Bankâ€™s website (www.wib.westpac.co.nz)
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