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A rate hike? Not yet… RBNZ to surprise markets by cutting rates

- Since there is no clear sign of recovery yet as most US sectors continue to surprise significantly to the downside, the Fed’s statement will therefore focus on the weak US outlook

- We expect the Aussie to continue moving lower as sellers rush to the market and push the Australian dollar lower in anticipation that the Reserve Bank of Australia will step in and lower its key interest rate to boost inflation

- Tonight's RBNZ rate decision will likely remind investors of the central bank’s dovish bias and that it doesn’t look favourably upon the recent Kiwi appreciation

- We think that weakening the kiwi is necessary and that the RBNZ still has room to do so without affecting the credibility of the institution

- We target the pair USDNZD to reach 1.5000 over the medium term

 

The latest batch of economic data from the US came in mostly on the soft side yesterday, casting a shadow over the country’s economic outlook. Durable orders rebounded less than expected in March, suggesting that the contraction in the factory sector is not over. The indicator rose 0.8%m/m in March, missing median forecasts of 1.9%, while the previous month’s reading was downwardly revised to 3.1%. After stripping out demand for transportation goods, new orders shrank -0.2% versus an expected increase of 0.5%. On the release, EUR/USD jumped 0.60% to 1.1340 before consolidating at around 1.13 amid a slight improvement in both the Composite and Service PMIs. The first printed at 51.7 in April from 51.3 in March, while the latter rose to 52.1 from 51.3. The bottom line is that we do not yet have a clear sign of recovery yet as most US sectors continue to surprise significantly to the downside. The Fed’s statement will therefore emphasise the weak US outlook.

With the exception of the Australian dollar, which was literally hammered, it was a relatively quiet trading session in Asia with most G10 currencies trading sideways. AUD/USD fell 2% to 0.76 after headline inflation collapsed to the lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2008, printing at -0.2% versus +0.2% expected. Core inflation (excluding the most volatile components) printed at +0.2% versus 0.5% expected, down from 0.6% in the previous quarter. We expect the Aussie to continue moving lower as sellers rush to the market and push the Australian dollar lower in anticipation that the Reserve Bank of Australia will step in and lower its key interest rate in an attempt to boost inflation.

In New Zealand, the trade balance came in on the soft side, printing at NZ$117m versus NZ$401m median forecast, as exports fell more than expected. The slump in the values of primary produce exports has widened the annual trade deficit. The export of dairy products shrank another 12.2% in March after a contraction of 5.7% in the previous month. Similarly, meat products’ exports fell 10.9% after a negative figure of 8.3% in February. Only crude oil prices and fruits export values increased over the period and helped to limit the damage. Indeed, this is the largest trade deficit since April 2009. In such an environment, NZD/USD fell 0.50% in Wellington. Moreover, tonight’s RBNZ’s rate decision will likely serve to remind investors of the central bank’s continued dovish bias and that it does not look favourably upon the recent Kiwi appreciation.

Yann Quelenn, market analyst: " RBNZ to surprise markets by cutting rates: Many central bank decisions are awaited this week. Amongst these, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand will announce its Official Cash Rate decision tonight. Currently, the country’s rates are the highest amongst the G10.

Last month, the central bank took markets by surprise, which was something unusual, by cutting rates to 2.25% (record low). Inflation is far from reaching the target band of 1% to 3% over the medium term and is currently running at 0.4%. Furthermore, we believe that inflation will not be reached within the next year despite the recent rebound in commodity prices, which has been insufficient in providing significant upside pressure on inflation. Rates are likely to decrease again before the end of the year.

Therefore, we believe that the RBNZ will be forced against their will to feed the housing bubble, which is particularly significant in Auckland. If not, New Zealand will face deflation and slowed growth. The latest 2015 Q4 GDP printed at a decent 0.9% q/q but it still remains fragile due to the world economic slowdown (weaker demand). A global currency war on competitive devaluation continues to rage (the dovish stance is the new normal) and New Zealand is unfortunately obliged to participate. Weakening the kiwi is necessary and the RBNZ still has room to do so without affecting the credibility of the institution. We target the pair USDNZD to reach 1.5000 over the medium term.” Today traders will be watching retails sales from Spain; the economic tendency survey and trade balance from Sweden; consumer confidence, business confidence and economic sentiment from Italy; GDP figures from the UK; MBA mortgage application, pending home sales and FOMC rate decision from the US; RBNZ rate decision and Brazil rate decision.

Wednesday, 27 Apr, 2016 / 8:52

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