NZ Dollar Rises As Asian Stock Markets Traded Higher
The New Zealand dollar strengthened against other major
currencies in the Asian session on Wednesday, as Asian stock
markets traded higher after the broad sell-off on Tuesday and
following the mixed cues from the global markets overnight. Traders
continued to cash in on recent strength in the markets amid
optimism about the outlook for interest rates that led to
While the U.S. Fed is widely expected to leave interest rates
unchanged in the coming months, traders are looking for more
evidence to solidify hopes of a rate cut in the near future.
In economic news, the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) price index rose
1.6 percent to 1,002 at its latest Global Dairy Trade auction held
A total of 29,559 million tons was sold at the latest auction,
with an average selling price of $3,323 per metric ton.
Tuesday, the NZ dollar traded lower against its major
In the Asian trading today, the NZ dollar rose to 2-day highs of
90.88 against the yen and 1.7498 against the euro, from yesterday's
closing quotes of 90.16 and 1.7604, respectively. If the kiwi
extends its uptrend, it is likely to find resistance around 92.00
against the yen and 1.73 against the euro.
Against the U.S. dollar, the kiwi edged up to 0.6171 from
yesterday's closing value of 0.6127. The kiwi may test resistance
near the 0.63 region.
Moving away from a recent low of 1.0696 against the Australian
dollar, the kiwi advanced to 1.0680. On the upside, 1.05 is seen as
the next resistance level for the kiwi.
In economic news, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics
showed that Australia's gross domestic product expanded a
seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent on quarter in the third quarter of
2023. That was shy of expectations for an increase of 0.3 percent
and was down from 0.4 percent in the previous three months.
On an annualized basis, GDP climbed 2.1 percent, unchanged from
the second quarter and beating forecasts for a gain of 1.7
Looking ahead, U.K. construction PMI for November, Eurozone
retail sales data for October and U.K. financial stability report
are due to be released in the European session.
In the New York session, U.S. MBA mortgage approvals data, U.S.
ADP jobs data for November, U.S. EIA crude oil data and U.S. and
Canada trade data for October are set to be published.
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