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Kiwi fails to hold onto risk driven gains in face strong US domestic data

NZD - New Zealand Dollar

The New Zealand dollar enjoyed mixed fortunes through trade on Wednesday popping through 0.65 before touching intraday lows at 0.6468. Reports a Chinese university had found a drug to treat coronavirus sufferers while researchers in the UK have made significant strides in finding a vaccine. Markets loaded up on risk in the wake of the headlines driving kiwi 30 points higher before strength across US domestic data sets forced investors to unwind gains.

Having opened at 0.6474 attentions now turn to tomorrow’s quarterly inflation expectations with direction driven by fluctuations in risk demand and coronavirus updates.

Key Movers

The US Dollar advanced against haven counterparts through trade on Wednesday, buoyed by an extension in heightened risk demand and an uptick in private payroll data. Unchecked reports a possible treatment in the fight against the coronavirus bolstered markets demand for risk driven assets forcing a correction in Yen and Swiss franc. Investors looked to consolidate greenback gains through the north American session as ADP private payroll data, showed 291,000 new employment opportunities were added to the US economy through January, well above the 156,000 anticipated and the largest monthly advance in almost 5 years. Having touched two-week highs against the Yen the dollar forced the Euro lower and prompted a test of 1.10 while the dollar index pushed through 98, up three tenths of one percent to 98.264. Attentions now turn to commentary from ECB president Lagarde Thursday ahead of key Non-Farm payroll and labour market data Friday.

The Great British Pound fell through trade on Wednesday, slipping back below 1.30 as US dollar strength and sustained uncertainty surrounding the post Brexit landscape hampered sterling demand. Having touched lows at 1.2940 the Pound remains largely range bound with upside moves heavily dependent on EU trade talk headlines. With little of note on the domestic macroeconomic docket attentions turn to key US data sets and trade updates/commentary for direction into the weekly close.

Expected Ranges

NZD/USD: 0.6420 - 0.6510 ▼

NZD/EUR: 0.5830 - 0.5910 ▲

GBP/NZD: 1.9850 - 2.0250 ▼

NZD/AUD: 0.9490 - 0.9652 ▼

NZD/CAD: 0.8580 - 0.8650 ▼