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19 Feb 18, 8:22am
Various USD indices recovered by 0.8-0.9% by the close of the week; NZD was modestly higher on most of the crosses; EUR was the weakest, closing near 1.2400 USD
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19 Feb 18, 7:54am
US public holiday brings light calendar. Impressive US data overshadowed by Mueller's indictments, and impending tariff actions. Fed minutes eyed for clues about number of hikes
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16 Feb 18, 8:14am
Equities signal risk-on but bonds don't play by the same script. EU surplus with US grows. NZ rates play catchup with USTs with NZG 10yr yield rising
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16 Feb 18, 8:11am
JPY and CHF that have outperformed over the past 24 hours, while the USD is lower against all the majors; GBP has also performed well; NZD trades this morning at 0.7380 near the level at the NZ close; AUD has been the worst performer for the day
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15 Feb 18, 7:53am
US CPI rose by 0.3% m/m in January, 0.1 percentage points ahead of market expectations; US Treasury rates were higher across the curve; CPI's positive impact on the USD quickly faded; NZD is currently trading around 0.7340 USD
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14 Feb 18, 8:25am
The Fed's Powell and Mester play their roles, seeing 'great progress' and 'upside risks'. Market eyes on US CPI with consensus variance the trigger for reaction
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14 Feb 18, 7:50am
The two safe-haven currencies, JPY and CHF have outperformed; softer USD sees EUR up 0.5% to 1.2360 and GBP up 0.3% to 1.3880; commodity currencies have underperformed; NZDUSD has nudged up to 0.7280
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13 Feb 18, 8:16am
Higher global rates start to feed into local markets. Markets ignoring dovish RBNZ views. Rising US debt getting ratings agency attention
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13 Feb 18, 7:58am
NZD peaked around the local close at 0.7277 yesterday and has back nudged down to 0.7240; EUR, GBP and JPY changes versus the USD are all currently within 0.1% of the weekend close
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12 Feb 18, 8:31am
USD held on to its gains seen earlier in the week; NZD was up 0.5% to 0.7255 USD, reducing its loss for the week to just 0.6%; GBP was the worst performer
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12 Feb 18, 8:16am
Economic analysts and markets view the rising tide of US Government debt differently. US curves steepen. Economists see four Fed hikes in 2018, markets now less than three
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9 Feb 18, 8:02am
NZD is around half a cent lower than this time yesterday with most of that move happening in the immediate aftermath of the RBNZ MPS; AUD also weakened around 0.5% overnight; the USD DXY index is at 2 week highs but remains down for the year
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9 Feb 18, 8:01am
Stock markets slide again and bond yields rise again. Bank of England surprises markets. Fed officials brush off concerns, says sell-off "small potatoes"
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8 Feb 18, 7:58am
Volativility calms, equity losses pared as earnings still beating expectations. Markets see 85% chance of March Fed hike. Eyes turn to RBNZ
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8 Feb 18, 7:58am
The USD DXY index is up 0.6% on the day and is now up around 2% from the multi-year lows reached in late January; NZD is back down to around 0.7260; EUR has fallen to a 2 week low against the USD
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7 Feb 18, 7:56am
US stocks down sharply, erasing gains for 2018; bond yields moved sharply lower in response to the sharp declines in stock markets; NZD is close to 0.7300 USD, similar to where it closed last week
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5 Feb 18, 7:59am
USD back in favour on 'position reduction' by US investors. NZD drops by more than 1%. The AUD fell more. The GBP also slumped on data and political turmoil
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5 Feb 18, 7:50am
Faster, unexpected US wage growth spooks markets with bond yields jumping, stock prices falling. Local rates steepen and may do so further today ahead of NZ jobs report and RBNZ review
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2 Feb 18, 7:48am
Various USD indices were down around 0.3% for the day; NZD finds itself back up to the 0.7400 USD mark; EUR is back up probing the 1.25 USD mark; GBP has largely managed to keep pace with the EUR
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1 Feb 18, 7:59am
NZD has performed well amidst a mildly softer USD backdrop, now trading at 0.7370 USD; NZDAUD moved on to a higher plane to around 0.9140 after the Australian CPI result; JPY has been the weakest of the majors
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