New Zealand dollar is steadily in range after RBNZ stands pat as widely expected. The central bank left the Official Cash Rate unchanged at record low of 1.75% and maintained a neutral stance. Governor Graeme Wheeler reiterated in the statement that "monetary policy will remain accommodative for a considerable period." And, "numerous uncertainties remain, particularly in respect of the international outlook, and policy may need to adjust accordingly." RBNZ acknowledged that the "trade-weighted exchange rate has fallen 4 percent since February, partly in response to weaker dairy prices and reduced interest rate differentials." While this seen as an "encouraging move" by the central bank, it reiterated that "further depreciation is needed to achieve more balanced growth."
RBNZ said that "quarterly GDP was weaker than expected in the December quarter, but some of this is considered to be due to temporary factors. The growth outlook remains positive, supported by on-going accommodative monetary policy, strong population growth, and high levels of household spending and construction activity." Regarding inflation, RBNZ noted that "headline CPI will be variable over the next 12 months due to one-off effects from recent food and import price movements, but is expected to return to the midpoint of the target band over the medium term."
Canada budget: Stay the course
Canadian dollar recovered as selloff in risk markets stabilized. WTI crude oil also recovered mildly and is back above 48 handle. The Canadian government unveiled a "stay-the-course" federal budget with few surprises. It’s perceived that the government would like to wait-and-see what US president Donald Trump would deliver on his policies first. The budget deficit is at CAD 23.0b in fiscal 2016/27 comparing to CAD 25.1b indicated last fall. But the government expects higher deficit onwards, at CAD 28.5b in fiscal 2017/18. Deficit is projected to trend low to CAD 18.8b by fiscal 2021/22.
More on Canada budget
- Canada 2017 Federal Budget: Stay the Course Budget – Expected and Delivered
- Canada 2017 Federal Budget – Back to Business as Usual
House to vote on Trump’s AHCA
In US, stocks stabilized after the steep selloff on Tuesday. DJIA dipped to 20578.95 but pared back some losses to close at 20661.30, down -0.03% only. S&P 500 gained 0.19% to close at 2348.45, after hitting as low as 2336.45. NASDAQ was relatively stronger and closed up 0.48% at 5821.64. The major focus today is the vote on US president Donald Trump’s American Health Care Act in House. Ahead of the vote, the Congressional Budget Office released a report noting that the AHCA will release in 24 million people losing coverage over the next decade. And the costs for those insured could skyrocket, including the elderly. But nonetheless, the vote is seen as a litmus test for Trump as markets are getting more doubtful in his ability to push through economic policies.
Germany will release Gfk consumer sentiment while UK will release retail sales and CBI reported sales. Eurozone will release consumer confidence. US will release jobless claims as usual on Thursday, as well as new home sales.
AUD/USD Daily Outlook
Daily Pivots: (S1) 0.7647; (P) 0.7668; (R1) 0.7697; More…
AUD/USD is trying to draw support from 4 hour 55 EMA for the moment but recovery is weak. Intraday bias stays on the downside first. As noted before, rebound from 0.7490 should have completed. Deeper fall would be seen back to 0.7490 support. Break there will confirm completion of whole rise from 0.7158. On the upside, above 0.7748 will resume the rise from 0.7158. But in that case, we’d expect upside to be limited by 0.7849/50 cluster resistance to bring reversal. That level represents 61.8% projection of 0.7158 to 0.7740 from 0.7490 at 0.7850 and key long term retracement level at 0.7849.
In the bigger picture, we’re still treating price actions from 0.6826 low as a correction. And, as long as 38.2% retracement of 0.9504 to 0.6826 at 0.7849 holds, long term down trend from 1.1079 is expected to resume sooner or later. Break of 0.6826 low will target 0.6008 key support level. However, firm break of 0.7849 will indicate that rise from 0.6826 is developing into a medium term rebound, rather than a sideway pattern. In such case, stronger rise should be seek to 55 month EMA (now at 0.8169) and above.
Economic Indicators Update
|20:00||NZD||RBNZ Rate Decision||1.75%||1.75%||1.75%|
|7:00||EUR||German GfK Consumer Confidence Apr||10||10|
|9:00||EUR||ECB Economic Bulletin|
|9:30||GBP||Retail Sales M/M Feb||0.40%||-0.30%|
|11:00||GBP||CBI Retailing Reported Sales Mar||4||9|
|12:30||USD||Initial Jobless Claims (MAR 18)||240k||241k|
|14:00||USD||New Home Sales Feb||566k||555k|
|14:30||USD||Natural Gas Storage||-53B|
|15:00||EUR||Eurozone Consumer Confidence Mar A||-5.8||-6.2|