Kiwi extends slide as equity markets weaken, euro economy shrinks

The New Zealand dollar weakens against the greenback as global equity markets extend their slide and data shows the eurozone economy continues to shrink, eroding the appeal of growth linked assets such as the kiwi.

The New Zealand dollar fell to 80.92 US cents from 81.22 cents at 5pm in Wellington yesterday. The trade-weighted index slipped to 72.75 from 72.88.

Stocks fell on Wall Street after Wal-Mart gave guidance that disappointed investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.3% and key benchmarks in Europe fell.

Data showed the eurozone's gross domestic product dropped 0.1% last quarter and a Reuters poll of more than 70 economists predicted the bloc's new recession will extend until the end of the year and 2013 promises little better than stagnation.

"Another gloomy night in US and European equity markets has dented sentiment towards high-risk currencies like the NZD," says Mike Jones, currency strategist at Bank of New Zealand.

The kiwi fell to 63.35 euro cents from 63.72 cents and fell to 51.05 British pence from 51.21 pence.

It gained to 65.66 yen from 65.12 yen amid speculation Japanese elections next month will usher in the opposition LDP party, which may hasten efforts to weaken the Japanese currency.

It rose to 78.28 Australian cents from 78.14 cents yesterday.

(BusinessDesk)

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NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7407 -0.0007 -0.09%
AUD 0.9347 -0.0066 -0.70%
EUR 0.6571 -0.0092 -1.38%
GBP 0.4908 -0.0035 -0.71%
HKD 5.7439 -0.0036 -0.06%
JPY 87.6920 0.6960 0.80%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1292.6 -7.090 2015-01-23T00:
Oil Brent 49.9 0.320 2015-01-23T00:
Oil Nymex 45.6 -0.820 2015-01-23T00:
Silver Index 18.3 -0.060 2015-01-23T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5675.2 5703.0 5675.2 0.41%
NASDAQ 4752.4 4770.0 4757.9 0.26%
DAX 10593.0 10807.6 10649.6 1.40%
DJI 17668.1 17688.3 17672.6 -0.10%
FTSE 6832.8 6855.9 6832.8 0.29%
HKSE 24907.2 24916.5 24850.5 0.24%
NI225 17285.7 17471.9 17511.8 -0.25%