Kiwi slips as retail sales slow


NZD/USD near two-week lows

The New Zealand dollar fell to the lowest in almost two weeks versus the US dollar the growth rate for the nation’s retail sales slowed in the third quarter. Sales showed no gains on a quarter-on-quarter basis, well below Q2’s 1.1% advance. If you exclude car sales, then retail sales rose 0.4% q/q from +1.3% in Q2. NZD/USD fell to an intraday low of 0.6756, the lowest since November 13, before recovering to 0.6788. The FX pair is currently capped by the 200-day moving average, which has contained prices since April 23.


NZD/USD Daily Chart

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Pound unmoved by Brexit deal

The pound has been stable in slow trading during the Asian session, confined to about a 45 point range. It would appear that the currency is not out of the woods yet, despite the Brexit summit producing a deal, with many tough negotiations and a parliamentary vote to come. PM May has stated that the UK would continue to have a good, close partnership with European partners and the deal was a compromise that both sides had to give. Support for the deal is in the national interest and reiterated that the next weeks are crucial for the future with one of the most significant votes in Parliament in recent history.

Meanwhile, the UK’s Telegraph newspaper is reporting that UK cabinet ministers and EU diplomats are secretly drawing up a “Plan B” Brexit proposal on the assumption PM May’s deal will not get through Parliament. GBP/USD is now trading at 1.2815.


GBP/USD Daily Chart

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A slow start to a busy week on the data front

It’s a slow start to the week on the data calendar with Germany’s IFO sentiment surveys the next item on the agenda. All three indices are expected to show lower readings, with the current assessment at 105.3, the business climate at 102.3 and the expectations index at 99.2.

We have a slew of ECB speakers on tap, with Praet, Nowotny and Coeure all scheduled, with BOE’s Carney also listed. The US slate lacks any tier-1 data with the Dallas Fed manufacturing index the only item on tap. That index is seen slipping to 25.0 from 29.4 in October.


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Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Senior Market Analyst at MarketPulse
A seasoned professional with more than 30 years’ experience in foreign exchange, interest rates and commodities, Andrew Robinson is a senior market analyst with OANDA, responsible for providing timely and relevant market commentary and live market analysis throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Having previously worked in Europe, since moving to Singapore he worked with several leading institutions including Bloomberg, Saxo Capital Markets and Informa Global Markets, proving FX strategies based on a combination of technical and fundamental analysis as well as market flow information. Andrew began his career as an FX dealer with NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland in the UK.
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