- NZD/USD extends gains above 0.6000 on China’s interest rates decision.
- Kiwi PPI data raises questions about whether the window for a rate hike is closed.
- PBoC kept benchmark rates unchanged at 3.45%.
NZD/USD receives upward support following China's interest rate decision. The People's Bank of China (PBoC) has opted to keep its loan prime rate (LPR) unchanged at 3.45%, in line with expectations. The NZD/USD pair trades higher around 0.6020 during the Asian session on Monday, extending the gains for the second successive session.
While the market leans towards a slowdown in inflation, it appears the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) holds a different view. There's a belief that risks still tilt towards the RBNZ having to hike again in the coming year. The RBNZ faces challenges in its November policy meeting, considering the recent weaker data; striking a balance to avoid signaling aggressive rate cuts while acknowledging economic conditions will be crucial.
New Zealand's Producer Price Index (PPI) – Output for the third quarter, rose to 0.8% from the previous reading of 0.2%. The data suggests that the previously expected Q4 inflation may not materialize. This raises questions about whether the window for a hike is closing as evidence of the lagged impact of monetary policy, particularly on the labor market, becomes apparent.
US Dollar Index (DXY) continues to lose ground, bidding around 103.70 at the time of writing, with a negative bias on US bond yields. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note hovers around 4.45% by the press time.
US Dollar (USD) experienced downward pressure despite positive US housing data on Friday. Building Permits (MoM) surpassed market expectations at 1.487M for October, exceeding the consensus of 1.450M. Additionally, Housing Starts (MoM) increased to 1.372M, up from the previous figure of 1.346M.
United States (US) reported soft inflation figures and weak economic activity. The market interpreted signs of inflationary pressures and a cooling labor market as indications that the Federal Reserve (Fed) might have completed its hiking cycle, resulting in the weakening of the US Dollar (USD) throughout the previous week.
With a gap until the November labor data in December, the focus this week will be on the FOMC minutes, offering insights into the committee's decision to hold rates. Fed speakers are subtly pushing back against early rate cut expectations for next year.
NZD/USD: Additional important levels
|Today last price||0.6021|
|Today Daily Change||0.0034|
|Today Daily Change %||0.57|
|Today daily open||0.5987|
|Previous Daily High||0.5998|
|Previous Daily Low||0.5941|
|Previous Weekly High||0.6055|
|Previous Weekly Low||0.5863|
|Previous Monthly High||0.6056|
|Previous Monthly Low||0.5772|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2%||0.5976|
|Daily Fibonacci 61.8%||0.5962|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||0.5952|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||0.5918|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||0.5895|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||0.601|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||0.6033|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||0.6067|
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