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Weekly roundup: AUD, NZD benefit from weak USD demand ahead of New Year

currency-newsWeekly roundup: AUD, NZD benefit from weak USD demand ahead of New Year
The latest disappointing US data releases helped the Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar to make several advances during the period between Christmas and New Year.

Weakness in the US dollar over the Christmas period saw risk appetite heat up, boosting the Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar against their safer peers.

Poor US consumer confidence and trade balance figures, released on the 27th and 28th respectively, kept demand for the safe-haven weak.

This was fortuitous timing for AUD and NZD, as the only data on the domestic calendars for Australia and New Zealand combined were the Australian private sector credit figures for November on Friday 29th.

With little to provide support from a domestic front, the Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar had to rely on global market conditions; conditions that happened to be favourable.

The New Year didn’t start well for the New Zealand dollar, however, with the latest Global Dairy Trade auction revealing a -3.9% drop in the dairy price index.

Five of the last six auctions have resulted in a strong fall for dairy prices, boding ill for New Zealand’s chief export and therefore the fate of the domestic economy in the year ahead.

There is no New Zealand data set for release for the rest of the week, but the Australian calendar holds a few publications of note.

Wednesday sees the release of the CBA services and composite services PMIs for December, as well as the more influential AiG performance of service index for the same period.

November’s Australian trade balance data is scheduled for release on Friday; as forecasts are for a near AU$450 million increase in the trade surplus, the Australian dollar could receive a significant boost.
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