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AUD / USD
0.7580 – 0.7710
The Australian dollar is virtually unchanged when valued against the US counterpart. In early Asian trade on Monday the Aussie is holding comfortably above 76 cents, unable to benefit from any US dollar weakness. The AUD/USD pair reached an overnight high of 0.7641. On the data front, today, quiet again locally, the Aussie will look offshore at the US tax reforms which will remain the dominant theme. Apart from Thursdays HIA New Home Sales for the month of March the Aussie will likely keep trading according to sentiment for the most part of this week. The AUD/USD pair is currently trading at 0.7630. We now expect support to hold on moves approaching 0.7600 while any upward push will likely meet resistance around 0.7650.
Great British Pound
GBP / AUD
1.6300 - 1.6450
The Great British Pound is weaker today when valued against its US counterpart falling overnight to 1.2489. The GBP/USD pair reached a 24-hour high of 1.2494 unable to advance through the 1.2500 level. On the data front, in a light week for economic data, attentions will turn to the formal triggering of Brexit on Wednesday which will headline the UK calendar this week. Followed by Friday' release of Quarterly Gross Domestic Product which is expected to rise 0.7% quarter/quarter which suggests that the UK economy is on the up-and-up.
USD, EUR, JPY
In assessing the fall-out from Donald Trump' failed health-care vote on Friday, broader questions have continued to be raised in regards to the new administrations ability to now push through its pro-growth agenda. Whilst US equity markets bounced from a session low the S&P 500 endured its worst week since the election last November as political wrestling infiltrated and dominated new flows. Emphasising the importance which is now being placed on the implementation of Trump' top level campaign pledges, the euphoria which surrounds the world' largest economy threatens to be de-railed further should policy makers failure in their efforts to have other priorities such as key tax reforms passed. Down 1.6 percent for the month, the US Dollar edged lower when valued against a handful of its major peers, its slide most evident versus the Japanese Yen which opens notably stronger this morning at 111.312. Overcoming a relatively uneventful start the economic calendar is expected to heat up mid-week ahead of the release of consumer confidence and growth data from the United States.
New Zealand Dollar
NZD / USD
0.7000 - 0.7080
Keeping its head above water for much of Friday' session the New Zealand dollar finished last week at a similar level to where it was left, trading up above the 70 US Cents mark when valued against its US Counterpart. Exposing its soft underbelly the New Zealand dollar has struggled to advance in the near-term that is despite being paired against a Greenback which has shed 1.5 percent. Whilst falling dairy prices and shrinking interest rate differentials have lowered its appeal, RBNZ Governor Graeme Wheeler re-affirmed last week that there remains a need for a lower Kiwi to further a more balanced growth story. Opening steady versus the Greenback the New Zealand dollar currently swaps hands at a rate of 0.7028.
0.7550 – 0.7700
Despite pushing through key resistance areas this week and reaching highs of 0.7750, The Australian dollar has declined just under 1% over the past 24 hours and could see 0.7600 support taken out over the coming days. Trading in a tight range in the domestic session of 0.7655 – 0.7675, we saw an overnight low 0.7630 in overnight trading. Markets hoping for an update in monetary policy outlook by Fed Reserve Chair Janet Yellen were left disappointed in her speech as investors look to further rhetoric by FOMC members heading into the weekend. A quiet day on the local docket, the Australian dollar opens at 0.7625.
1.6360 – 1.6480
Breaking through resistance at the 1.2500 barrier when valued against its US Counterpart yesterday, the Great British Pound has attracted renewed buying interest over the past 24 hours. Buoyed by a retail sales read which showed the quantity of purchases rose by 1.7 percent last month when compared to January' result, signs of buying strength across the household sector were well received by the broader market. Whilst Greenback bulls were kept comfortably in check following news that House Republicans had postponed a vote on an important health-care bill, near-term USD trajectory remains clouded as questions remain over Trumps ability to push pro-growth policies through Congress. Topping out a high of 1.2531 the Sterling opens stronger versus the Greenback (1.2522), Aussie (1.6415) and the Kiwi (1.7816).
The US Dollar index was steady after a week of declines, seeing no change at 99.75 in the current risk off environment. Most currency pairs have traded in a tight range as equity and currency markets await Trumps health care bill decision in congress. United States unemployment claims of 258,000 were slightly above expectations climbing to a seven week high. The Euro traded in a tight thirty pip range against the Greenback 1.0770-1.0800, with the USD/JPY continued downside momentum seeing an intraday low of 110.60. Markets will take its cues from a number of key FOMC officials speaking over the next 24 hours.
0.7000 – 0.7050
Remaining firmly in the neutral camp the RBNZ' decision in keeping underlying policy settings unchanged had a muted impact on the New Zealand dollar yesterday. Falling well short of spurring any significant degree of interest investors have opted to play a somewhat secondary role this week as witnessed by the unusually tight trading ranges across the NZD/USD pair. Opening this morning 0.1 percent lower than Monday' starting point the upcoming vote on the US healthcare bill is being touted as the next major hurdle for the world' reserve currency hence having broader implications for New Zealand' domestic unit. Currently swapping hands a rate of 0.7025 when valued against its US Counterpart, today' session is once again shaping up as a relatively tame one.
0.7600 – 0.7730
The Australian dollar having maintained a relatively tight 49-point trading range throughout much of its domestic session, is relatively unchanged this morning when compared to the US Dollar. The AUD/USD pair reached an overnight high of 0.7688. On the data front, today, quiet again locally, the Aussie will look offshore at the US as Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellan will be in action tonight. The Aussie will likely keep trading according to sentiment for the remainder of this week as the local calendar remains empty. The AUD/USD pair is currently trading at 0.7672 down 0.14 per cent over the last 24 hours. We now expect support to hold on moves approaching 0.7640 while any upward push will likely meet resistance around 0.7700.
1.6200 – 1.6300
The Great British Pound attempted to break resistance at 1.2500 early on in the European session but failed to crack through February highs. With broader weakness on markets in a risk off environment, the Sterling was sold off to eventual lows of 1.2430 as reports of a Terrorist attack in London filtered through. No further news on Brexit as investors wait for the trigger of Article 50 on March 29th. Cable erased all losses in the North American session to rally back to 1.2490 at the end of trading. The Great British pound opens flat against the Australian dollar (1.6270) and New Zealand Dollar (1.7750)
0.6940 – 0.7140
Once again the New Zealand dollar traded in a tight range yesterday between 0.7015-0.7040 with little to no data in the domestic trading session. As the Reserve Bank of New Zealand continues to maintain its neutral stance on monetary policy, interest rates were kept on hold in this morning' official cash rate decision at 1.75%. The Kiwi initially rose in overnight trading to a high of 0.7075 before being sold off post RBNZ announcement to a low this morning of 0.7040. Governor Wheeler made no change to New Zealand' economic outlook in its latest statement as markets continue to price no further movements in the OCR rate this year.
0.7630 - 0.7730
The Australian dollar edged lower throughout trade on Tuesday failing to capitalise on wider USD weakness and relinquished gains made above 0.77. Having approached a key level of technical resistance and multi-month high the AUD again struggled to extend gains above 0.7730/50. Despite a strong uptick in ABS house price index dampening suggestions the RBA may look to soften monetary policy the Aussie failed to shake of dollar bears and stretch its legs. A consolidated shift in monetary policy expectations and a deepening USD correction is needed for the AUD to break this current range bound cycle. A move through 0.7730 could prompt a rally toward 0.78 with resistance at 0.7775/80 and 0.7830 blocking broader moves toward 0.80.
1.5975 - 1.6325
The Great British pound has rallied in overnight trading to its highest level in three weeks as inflation figures rose to an annual pace of 2.3% for the month of February. Trading sideways for most of the Asian session between 1.2350-1.2375, momentum shifted higher for the Sterling, rallying over 1% to test 1.2500 against its US counterpart. Markets are now fully pricing in an interest rate hike next year by the Bank of England to depress inflation which has climbed above their targeted levels of 2% for the first time in four years. The British Pound opens higher against the Australian dollar (1.6220) and New Zealand dollar (1.7720).
The U.S Dollar continued along the path of least resistance edging lower through trade on Tuesday as investors looked to safe haven assets amid concerns of slower monetary policy normalisation and a delay in the introduction of pro-growth strategies. Fears President Trump' administration will delay the implementation of expansionary policies across key tax reforms, infrastructure projects and regulatory amendments pushed equities and stocks lower, forcing treasury yields down and extending the USD sell off. Last weeks measured and cautious assessment of future policy amendments fell well short of market bull' expectations and coupled with the delays in America First policies spruiked by Trump throughout the election campaign and market participants are forced to adjust current positions. Falling to three week lows against the Yen the greenback touched intraday lows at 111.63 while the Euro moved through 1.08 to touch session highs at 1.0820, its highest level in 7 weeks. The Euro found support following a French presidential debate where in the chances of far right nationalist Marine Le Pen appeared to take a measured blow with Centrist Emmanuel Macron outshining the anti EU candidate. Attentions now turn to key commentary from Fed Chair Janet Yellen Thursday for direction into the end of the week.
0.6980 - 0.7080
The New Zealand dollar once again remained in a tight range during the local session yesterday falling to an intraday low of 0.7035. Both NZ Visitor arrivals and credit card spending figures did little to move the Kiwi. With investors turning their attention to the Global Dairy Trade Auction, the NZD/USD rallied to a high of 0.7090 overnight as the average price rose by 1.7% and the price of whole milk powder increased by 2.9%. All gains were quickly erased during the North American trading session with equities and treasuries turning lower in a risk off environment. This saw the Kiwi driven to a low on open this morning of 0.7040.
0.7650 – 0.7780
The Australian dollar gapped higher through trade on Monday buoyed by wider USD softness following last week' dovish FOMC monetary policy outlook. Punching through 0.77 the AUD moved through resistance at 0.7690 touching intraday highs at 0.7746. The Aussie then edged lower pulling back toward key technical resistance at 0.7730 and opens this morning at 0.7729. The hangover from last week' dour outlook and propose slower rate of adjustment along the road to monetary policy normalisation forced the greenback lower as investors scrambled to correct positions and sell down USD longs. Safe Haven, emerging market and commodity currencies continued to benefit through trade on Monday as attentions turn to Today' RBA minutes for renewed guidance into diverging central bank policy outlooks.
1.5930 – 1.6100
It was a quiet night for traders as the Great British Pound drifted lower from an intraday high against the Greenback of 1.2430. The Pound started its descend as more certainty overnight regarding Article 50 has come to the forefront of investors’ minds as Theresa May communicated to the European council that she will trigger Article 50 on March 29th. UK eagerly awaits this evenings inflation figures as previous noted by the British Chambers of commerce that inflation is predicted to reach 2.7% in 2018. Cable opens this morning at 1.2360.
The U.S Dollar struggled to extend breaks above six week lows as the spectre of the Federal Reserve' dovish undertone hangs heavy over the world' base currency. The dollar retreated last week in the wake of the Fed' interest rate hike as investors scrambled to adjust interest rate bets as the FOMC hinted a slower pace of monetary policy normalisation was appropriate and the inheritance of the incumbent sell off continued through trade on Monday. While comments from FOMC member Charles Evans, where in, the Chicago Fed President suggested the board was on track to raise rates twice through the year steadied the ship market participants appeared reluctant in reversing losses ahead a raft of key Fed Policy makers commentary. Attentions now turn to Fed president Janet Yellen on for a deeper insight into short term direction.
0.6975 – 0.7125
The New Zealand dollar traded in a tight range in local markets yesterday moving off support at 0.7010. Westpac consumer sentiment did little to move the Kiwi on open yesterday, while the NZ performance of services fell slightly but remains above its long term average. The Kiwi reached a high of 0.7070 as investors wait for the latest round of Global Dairy trade auction readings on Wednesday. The New Zealand Dollar opens steady at 0.7050.
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