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COZfx: NZD/USD slips lower as China PMI weighs

Postby dwang » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:47 am

COZforex: The New Zealand dollar slipped lower against its US counterpart on Monday, after the release of downbeat Chinese manufacturing data sparked fresh concerns over a slowdown in the world's second largest economy.

NZD/USD hit 0.8517 amid late Asian trade, the pair's lowest since March 20; the pair subsequently consolidated at 0.8516, falling 0.23%. COZforex senior currency strategist Ian • Quigley said, NZD/USD was likely to find support at 0.8439, the low of March 12 and resistance at 0.8583, the high of March 17.

The preliminary reading of China’s HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to an eight-month low of 48.1 in March from a final reading of 48.5 in February. Analysts had expected the index to tick up to 48.7.

China is New Zealand's second biggest export partner.

Meanwhile, the greenback remained supported after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested last week that a rate hike might come about 6 months after the bank’s stimulus program ends, which is expected to happen in the fall.

The kiwi was lower against the Australian dollar, with AUD/NZD rising 0.31% to 1.0674.

Later in the day, the US was to release preliminary data on manufacturing activity.

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