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Biggest one day move in 2014 for NZD/USD

Explicit comments from RBNZ sends NZD/USD lower; US jobless claims beat expectation by nearly 10%; UK retail sales disappoint

USD responds to higher inflation numbers

Upward trend for US inflation sees USD hit 6-week high against a basket of currencies; EURUSD pairing falls to 8-month low

Holding back, waiting for direction

Gold and oil rise, equities fall, as anxieties remain about Ukraine and Gaza; however currency markets subdued

Geopolitical events dominate

Despite risk aversion, NZD holds on to current levels, although that may change if tensions rise further

USD benefactor of Fed rate hike speculation

Dallas Fed President fuels speculation Fed may begin tightening monetary policy sooner rather than later

Kiwi dollar under pressure

NZD/USD falls following Yellen testimony and plunging prices in Fonterra's latest dairy auction

Portugal reassured

Authorities calm Portugeuse fears; Stevens tries to raise them over AUD heights; global equities rise

Portugal's largest bank has 'issues'

Fears of further banking contagion in euro zone as news emerges Portugal's largest bank is in trouble; peripheral euro-zone bonds, USD and EUR all hit

NZ TWI hits all time high

NZD hits 3-year high against USD and 14-month high against EUR; Global equity markets mixed

Fitch has warnings for NZ

Fitch upward revision of outlook for NZ pushes Kiwi dollar higher; warns about external debt, commodity dependence and exposure to China and Australia

NZD moves higher on USD weakness

Unexpecedly poor German factory data raises chance ECB will loosen monetary policy; equities lower

NZD in tightened ranges

Asian central banks banks big EU bond buyers; BofE on track to raise rates; gold and oil fall

US employment data above expections

US Non-Farm Payrolls come in 88,000 above top end expectations; US unemployment drops to 6.1%, its lowest level since September 2008

GBPUSD hit a 6-year high as UK data continues to impress

All eyes on US NFPs tonight, euro weakens ahead of ECB review, gold up, oil lower

AUD jumps to 7½ month high

RBA made no new attempts to talk down AUD but did reiterate it is high by historic standards

USD weakens

NZD ascent stalls as confidence falls, terms of trade past their peak, focus moves to offshore inflences

US rate hike hopes dim

NZD/USD hits 35 month high, NZD/EUR hits 12 month high, then eased; NZD attraction is yield

NZD stellar performance continues

NZD bulls lead the charge with NZD/USD just short of all time highs; BoE looking to stamp out excessive speculation in UK housing market

NZD direction driven by US data

Global equity markets mixed; NZD continues to trade above 87c against the USD on the back of weaker revised US GDP numbers

Traders reluctant to add risk to portfolios

USD strengthens on heightened geo-political risks and better than expected US economic data