Sharechat Logo

NZ dollar eases against pound; otherwise stalled ahead of CPI

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Text too small?

The New Zealand dollar, little changed ahead of key inflation data today, slipped to a fresh two-month low against the British pound on stronger-than-expected employment and wages data there.

The kiwi was trading at 51.84 pence at 8.30am, from 52.21 pence late yesterday. It was virtually unchanged at 67.24 US cents, from 67.25 cents yesterday, while the trade-weighted index was at 73.06 from 73.07.

UK data showing record employment and a surprise 3.4 percent jump in weekly earnings in the three months through November was a positive among continued mixed signals on the global outlook.

“The data suggests that if it weren’t for Brexit uncertainty the Bank of England would be responding to these inflationary pressures by hiking interest rates,” broker HiFX said in a note to clients.

But Brexit uncertainty remains, with the International Monetary Fund citing a chaotic UK exit among key risks it sees for the global economy this year. The agency trimmed its 2019 global growth forecast to 3.5 percent, down 0.2 from its last forecast in October earlier this week.

US equity markets, which were closed Monday, fell overnight after a report showed sales of existing homes fell 6.4 percent last month, a three-year low. The Trump administration also rejected a Chinese offer of preparatory trade talks this week because of a lack of progress on ‘forced’ technology transfers and state subsidies, the Financial Times reported.

The S&P500 index was recently down 1.6 percent, following strong gains last week. The FTSE100 fell 1 percent, as Brexit drifts on and a sentiment survey in Germany put current economic conditions at a four-year low.

All local attention is on December quarter consumer price inflation date due today. The market is expecting a flat result, taking the annual rate to 1.8 percent. That outcome would be below the Reserve Bank’s forecast of 0.2 percent for the quarter and 2 percent for calendar 2018, but will be mainly due to the sharp drop in oil prices during the period.

The New Zealand dollar is trading at 94.34 Australian cents, from 94.23 cents yesterday. It was at 59.13 euro cents from 59.18 cents, 73.44 Japanese yen, from 73.60 yen, and at 4.5772 Chinese yuan from 4.5750 yuan late yesterday.

(BusinessDesk)

  General Finance Advertising    

Comments from our readers

No comments yet

Add your comment:
Your name:
Your email:
Not displayed to the public
Comment:
Comments to Sharechat go through an approval process. Comments which are defamatory, abusive or in some way deemed inappropriate will not be approved. It is allowable to use some form of non-de-plume for your name, however we recommend real email addresses are used. Comments from free email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc may not be approved.

Related News:

NZ dollar falls as China's yuan depreciates
COMMENT: ANZ still doesn't get it
FMA says ANZ should have reported Hisco house sale in financial statements
ANALYSIS: Another new head for Xero's American dream
Jetstar losing money on regional NZ services, watching market 'closely'
A2 Milk says rising environmental costs not a 'big risk'
Cavalier Corp shares fall 16% as it announces write-down
Twyford's choice: NZTA or Super Fund for Auckland light rail
Auckland Airport boss upbeat about future but warns against complacency
NZ Shareholders' Association to oppose Stride's directors' fee bump

IRG See IRG research reports