Kiwi gains amid signs fiscal cliff will be scaled, Greece bailout deal

The New Zealand dollar gains as equity markets rally amid hopes US policymakers will reach agreement over the $US607 billion fiscal cliff and Greece will secure the next tranche of its rescue package.

The kiwi rose to 81.84 US cents at 8am in Wellington from 81.34 cents yesterday. The trade-weighted index advanced to 73.41 from 73.09 yesterday.

Stocks on Wall Street and in Europe gained amid growing optimism US President Barack Obama will reach a deal with the House of Representatives to avert automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that would push the world's biggest economy back into recession.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 1.6% and Germany's DAX 30 index rallied 2.5%.

Investors are also hopeful European policymakers will sign off on the next aid payment for Greece, with the yield on the Mediterranean nation's 10-year bond falling 8.9 basis points to 17.2%.

"Investors certainly seem hopeful we'll get done with the fiscal cliff and Greece will get its next cart of bailout cash, and that hope is keeping equity markets perky," says Mike Jones, currency strategist at Bank of New Zealand in Wellington. "That's keeping the kiwi riding high."

The Reserve Bank of Australia will today release the minutes from this month's policy meeting, where the board unexpectedly kept the target cash rate at 3.25%. Governor Glenn Stevens is also scheduled to deliver a speech on the general state of domestic economy.

The kiwi advanced to 78.63 Australian cents from 78.38 cents yesterday.

The Bank of Japan will review monetary policy today and is expected to keep interest rates near zero and maintain its asset-purchase programme as general elections loom next month which may install a new government.

The kiwi climbed to 66.41 yen from 66.08 yen yesterday.

It aslo increased to 63.91 euro cents from 63.72 cents yesterday and gained to 51.45 British pence from 51.09 pence.

(BusinessDesk)


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NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

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AUD 0.8901 0.0000 0.00%
EUR 0.5907 0.0000 0.00%
GBP 0.5276 0.0000 0.00%
HKD 5.4294 0.0000 0.00%
JPY 78.9230 0.0000 0.00%

Commods

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Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 8124.1 8142.3 8124.1 0.07%
NASDAQ 6633.4 6640.0 6605.1 0.36%
DAX 13057.8 13063.6 12990.1 0.01%
DJI 23205.2 23328.8 23163.0 0.71%
FTSE 7523.0 7560.0 7523.0 0.00%
HKSE 28360.0 28519.8 28159.1 1.17%
NI225 21391.0 21489.3 21448.5 0.04%
ASX 5896.1 5924.9 5896.1 0.17%