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Kiwi unmoved, may gain on dairy auction

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/09/2016 Jonathan Underhill

The New Zealand dollar was little changed and may gain after the overnight GlobalDairyTrade auction, which the futures market is indicating will mark the fourth straight gain in the price of whole milk powder.

The kiwi traded at 73.16 US cents from 73.35 US cents on Monday. The trade-weighted index was at 77.77, down from as high as 78.06, the highest since May last year.

Prices are expected to rise overnight for skim milk powder, butter, anhydrous milk fat and whole milk powder, according to activity in the NZX Dairy Derivatives market.

Imre Speizer, a senior market strategist at Westpac, said the kiwi dollar has been testing highs of 73.50 US cents "and tonight's dairy auction may be the catalyst" to push the currency above that level.

The kiwi traded at 95.92 Australian cents, down from 96.47 cents on Monday, having declined against its trans-Tasman counterpart ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australia's review of interest rates.

Governor Glenn Stevens kept the cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent as expected and there was little reaction in the currency market to the statement, where he reiterated that the stance of monetary policy was "consistent with sustainable growth in the economy and achieving the inflation target over time".

The kiwi didn't move much after government figures showed wholesale trade rose a seasonally adjusted 1.7 per cent in the second quarter and after state-owned valuer, Quotable Value posted data showing the average value of a New Zealand home rose 15 per cent in August from the year earlier to $612,527.

The average home value in Auckland topped $1 million for the first time.

The kiwi dollar was little changed at 75.82 yen from 75.79 yen and slipped to 4.8878 yuan from 4.8959 yuan. It was little changed at 65.65 euro cents from 65.63 cents and dropped to 54.94 British pence from 55.05 pence.

New Zealand's two-year swap rate was unchanged at 2 per cent and 10-year swaps rose 1 basis point to 2.44 per cent.

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