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NZ dollar bounces along in narrow range


The kiwi slumped to a five-week low near 77.50USc before regaining some lost ground.

NZPA
Tue, 17 May 2011

The New Zealand dollar exchange rate against the greenback bounced along in a narrow range after slipping overnight.

From 78.44USc against the greenback at 5pm yesterday, the kiwi slumped to a five-week low near 77.50USc before regaining some lost ground to be at US78.17c at 8am today, and finished the day little changed: 78.18USc at 5pm.

The overnight drop -- against a backdrop of declining global commodity prices and a tick up in global risk aversion, according to BNZ strategist Kymberly Martin -- followed a consistent decline since last Friday's peak of 74.85USc.

The NZ dollar also tumbled from €0.5564 at 5pm yesterday -- reaching a one-week low around €0.5490 during the overnight session -- but clawed back a little ground to be €0.5517 at 5pm today.

The euro jumped from seven-week lows against the US dollar as a European Union meeting showed support for debt-burdened countries, lifting demand for the single-currency after last week's sharp sell-off.

Melbourne currency strategist Ben Potter said that overnight comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that a restructuring of debt by any euro-zone country before 2013 would be "incredibly" damaging to the currency's credibility saw traders cover short euro positions, pushing it higher against the US dollar.

The Australian dollar held up somewhat better despite the weak commodities backdrop, but Mr Potter, noted speculation that the Aussie exchange rate against the US dollar was vulnerable to further downside pressure given its high correlation to risk appetite and commodities as well as the growing concerns as to the health of the domestic economy.

"There are many very well respected business leaders commenting on the fragility of the Australian economy and warning against further interest rate hikes," he said.

The Aussie was at $US1.0593 at 5pm, compared with $US1.0551 at the same time yesterday.

The NZ dollar fell to 73.80Ac at 5pm against the aussie, from 74.32Ac at the same time yesterday, and was at ¥63.44 from ¥63.44 at the same time yesterday.

The trade-weighted index dropped to 67.85 from 68.23.

NZPA
Tue, 17 May 2011
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