The NZDUSD opens at 0.6730 (mid-rate) this morning.
Australian Leading Index fell 0.4% for the month of August, following the 0.3% increase in July.
Interestingly though during the six-month period through August, the leading economic index decreased 1.2%, which is a reversal from the growth of 1.1% (about a 2.1% annual rate) over the previous six months.
Japan posted a merchandise trade deficit of 114.5 billion yen in September – a decline of 88.1% from the previous month! The headline figure was well shy of forecasts for a surplus of 87.0 billion yen following the 569.4 billion yen shortfall in August. The adjusted trade balance showed a deficit of 355.7 billion yen, missing forecasts for a shortfall of 63.4 billion yen following the downwardly revised 373.5 billion yen shortfall in August (originally -358.8 billion yen).
As expected, the Bank of Canada kept its benchmark interest rate at 0.5%. Following the announcement, the loonie pared its recent gains against its major rivals – NZD/CAD up 0.8%.
Central banks of China and the U.K. agreed to extend the existing reciprocal sterling/renminbi currency swap line for a further three years. The maximum value of the swap line was increased to RMB 350 billion from RMB 200 billion, when the original 3-year swap was agreed in June 2013.
Data Releases overnight include: UK Retail Sales, ECB Official Cash Rate announcement and ECB Press Conference, US Unemployment Claims, and US Existing Home Sales
Global equity markets are mixed : Dow +0.03%, S&P 500 -0.34%, FTSE +0.05%, DAX +0.89%, CAC +0.46%, Nikkei +1.91%, Hang Seng -0.38% Shanghai -3.06%.
Gold prices are down 0.6% at $1167 an ounce, WTI Crude Oil is down 0.3% at $45.24 a barrel.
Indicative mid-rate pricing:
NZDUSD 0.6730 -0.2%
NZDEUR 0.5931 -0.3%
NZDGBP 0.4635 0.0%
NZDJPY 80.74 -0.1%
NZDAUD 0.9316 0.2%
NZDCAD 0.8823 0.8%
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