Kiwi falls as stalled US talks sap risk appetite

The New Zealand dollar fell from a nine-month high amid concerns politicians in Washington are making no progress in talks to avert the fiscal cliff, countering the impetus growth assets got from the Federal Reserve's further quantitative easing and weighing on stocks.

The kiwi fell to 84.23 US cents from 84.40 cents at 5pm in Wellington yesterday. The trade-weighted index slid to 75.25 from 75.33 yesterday, having earlier reached a five-year high 75.47.

Hopes around the fiscal cliff – the $US600 billion of tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in on January 1 – faded after US House Speaker John Boehner said there had been a lack of progress in talks with the White House, which was "so unserious about cutting spending that it appears willing to slow-walk our economy right up to the fiscal cliff".

Sentiment was also dented after Standard & Poor's cut the outlook on the UK's crediting rating to negative.

"The euphoria over the Fed's latest round of quantitative easing was balanced by the impasse over US fiscal proposals," says Imre Speizer, a strategist at Westpac Banking Corp.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.6 percent in afternoon trading and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index dropped 0.8 percent even as figures showed US unemployment claims fell more than expected to 343,000 last week, while retail sales rose and business inventories increased.

With no local economic data scheduled for today, traders will likely take their lead from China's HSBC flash manufacturing PMI for December and Japan's Tankan survey of companies for the fourth quarter.

The kiwi rose to 80.10 Australian cents from 80 cents yesterday and fell to 70.39 yen from 70.52 yen. It slipped to 64.41 euro cents from 64.52 cents and was little changed at 52.29 British pence.


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NZ Market Snapshot


Sym Price Change
USD 0.7156 -0.0018 -0.25%
AUD 0.9118 -0.0025 -0.27%
EUR 0.6081 -0.0015 -0.25%
GBP 0.5428 -0.0011 -0.20%
HKD 5.5866 -0.0145 -0.26%
JPY 80.3270 -0.1940 -0.24%


Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1284.9 -9.930 2017-10-17T00:
Oil Brent 57.9 0.040 2017-10-17T00:
Oil Nymex 51.9 0.010 2017-10-17T00:
Silver Index 17.0 -0.328 2017-10-17T00:


Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 8112.1 8131.5 8112.1 0.04%
NASDAQ 6621.4 6628.6 6624.0 -0.01%
DAX 13012.8 13031.2 12995.1 0.25%
DJI 22952.4 23002.2 22957.0 0.18%
FTSE 7516.2 7541.1 7516.2 0.32%
HKSE 28636.2 28729.3 28697.5 0.05%
NI225 21374.7 21402.8 21336.1 0.13%
ASX 5889.6 5906.1 5889.6 0.12%