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Kiwi falls on improving US data

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/10/2017 Jonathan Underhill

The New Zealand dollar has fallen as an index of the US non-manufacturing sector jumped, underpinning confidence in the economy, while a measure of private payrolls fell as expected in the wake of hurricane disruptions.

The kiwi declined to US71.64 cents as at 8am on Thursday in Wellington from US71.80c late Wednesday. The trade-weighted index fell to 75.59 from 75.74.

The US Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index climbed to 59.8 in September, the highest in 12 years and exceeding economists' expectations, up from 55.3 in August.

Separately, the ADP employment report showed that US private payrolls increased by 135,000 in September, the lowest gain in 11 months and in line with economists' expectations. The official payrolls figures due on Friday are expected to show similar weakness after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, with a forecast of just 90,000 jobs added by US employers last month.

"US data releases continued to point to robust momentum in the economy as the Q3 data trail draws to a close," ANZ senior economist Sharon Zollner said.

"The NZ economy has lost some of its lustre, at a time when the tone of US data is looking solid."

Treasury is to release the Crown accounts for the 12 months ended June 30 on Thursday, the only event on the local economic calendar.

Traders will likely watch for releases across the Tasman, where Australian trade and retail sales data for August are due for release. On Thursday night the US releases trade figures for August.

On Thursday morning, the kiwi fell to 91.16 Australian cents from A91.34c. It traded at 54.07 British pence from 54.13p and fell to 60.91 euro cents from 61.03c. It decreased to 80.77 yen from 80.90 yen and dropped to 4.7658 yuan from 4.7791 yuan.

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