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post Jun 14 2017, 02:06 AM
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New Zealand Food Prices Gain 2.4% In May



Food prices in New Zealand were up 2.4 percent on month in May, Statistics New Zealand said on Wednesday - following the 0.8 percent gain in April.

Fruit and vegetable prices rose 8.2 percent on month, while meat, poultry, and fish prices rose 2.3 percent.

Seasonally adjusted, food prices gained 1.6 percent on month.

On a yearly basis, prices were up 3.1 percent.

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post Jun 14 2017, 03:15 AM
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Tech Stocks’ Rebound Sends Wall Street to Close at Records



The Dow and the S&P 500 notched fresh record highs as technology shares regained footing following two days of selloff. But investors are now setting their sights on an expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike after the central bank's two-day June policy meeting.

Tech shares were hit by sell offs on Monday, extending from a downturn at the end of last week and dragging broader index particularly the tech-heavy Nasdaq. On Tuesday, the S&P 500 tech sector regained footing and rebounded by 0.9 percent after its biggest two-day losing streak in almost a year. Microsoft and Facebook led the index higher.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 92.80 points or 0.4 percent to end at 21, 328.47 after hitting a historic intraday peak of 21, 332.77. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index advanced by 10.96 points to end at 2,440.35, also entering record territory, bolstered by materials and IT sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 44.90 points or 0.7 percent to close at 6,220.37.

Analysts said that with regards to the Fed meeting, investors had already priced in a rate-hike and is seen to have little impact to the market. Investors are also confident with the concept that the Fed will continue to be cautious to ensure that the higher rates will not slow down growth.

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post Jun 15 2017, 02:26 AM
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New Zealand Reports Stable Q1 Economic Growth Despite Slowdown in Building Activity



The New Zealand economic growth accelerated slightly on a sequential basis in the first quarter of this year. GDP grew 0.5 percent after rising 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, showed Statistics New Zealand.

"Much lower building activity combined with mixed results for the service sector took the shine off higher dairy production and saw a second quarter of moderate overall GDP growth. At an industry level, 11 out of 16 industries increased this quarter, with agriculture and retail trade having the biggest increases, while construction was significantly down,” said national accounts senior manager Gary Dunnet.

Construction dropped 2.1 percent, with all building sectors indicating a decline. Non-residential building construction, declining from a recent peak, was the important driver. This was also reflected with declining investment in both residential and non-residential building construction.

Service industries activity came in mixed, rising 0.4 percent in the first quarter. Retail trade and accommodation mainly drove the service growth. On the contrary, postal, transport and warehousing and rental hiring and real-estate services dropped.

Household spending rebounded in the first quarter, growing 1.3 percent. This shows solid growth in retail trade. This rise added to the year-on-year growth rate of 4.7 percent, the largest rise in household spending in more than a decade. Meanwhile, net exports dropped in the March quarter. Exports of goods and services dropped 0.4 percent, while imports of goods and services were up 1.3 percent.

On a year-on-year basis, the GDP growth of New Zealand came in at 3 percent.

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post Jun 15 2017, 03:07 AM
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U.S. Bank Shares Regain Footing after Earlier Retreat



Shares of U.S. lenders rebounded in New York afternoon trading after being hit by weak retail sales and inflation data released earlier in the day, causing investors to flock to the more defensive areas in the equity market.

The broader financial sector of the S&P 500 index slid 0.6 percent before regaining footing later in the session, ending 0.2 percent up. The KBW index, which monitors both regional and national banks, slid 1.2 percent to 93.19 at one point but finished 0.1 percent up at 94.44.

The S&P financial sector has followed suit of the broader index but jitters surrounding the Federal Reserve's decision to hike rates, along with fresh details regarding the central bank's plan to shrink its balance sheet, caused it to end 0.1 percent down at 2,437, regardless of gains 0.6 percent of the utilities sector.

Energy companies' shares also struggled during the session, with S&P 500's energy sector sliding 1.8 percent after a 3.5 percent drop in the price of the international benchmark brent to $47.02 per barrel.

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post Jun 16 2017, 03:40 AM
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Fxwirepro: Usd/jpy Hits Fresh 2-Week High at 111.14 Mark, Markets Await Boj’s Policy Rate Decision



USD/JPY is currently trading around 111.03 marks.

It made intraday high at 111.14 and low at 110.81 levels.

Intraday bias remains neutral for the moment.

A daily close above 110.94 will take the parity higher towards key resistances a111.84, 112.62, 113.79, 114.88, 115.50, 117.21, 118.18, 118.66, 119.52 and 120.46 levels respectively.

On the other side, a sustained close below 110.94 will drag the parity down towards key supports around 109.27, 108.32, 106.72, 106.03 and 104.96 levels respectively.

BOJ will release latest monetary policy statement and policy rate today.

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post Jun 16 2017, 04:00 AM
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Dollar Strengthens on Upbeat Data, Poised for Weekly Gains



The dollar firmed in Asian trading, bound for weekly gains versus a currency basket as positive U.S. economic data bolstered hopes by investors that the central bank will remain true to its penciled in rate hike path.

The dollar index, which monitors the greenback's performance against six of its major counterparts, rose 0.1 percent to 97.474 and has risen 0.6 percent for the week.

The U.S. dollar advanced 0.2 percent to 111.11 yen, bound for 1 percent weekly gains as investors are on the sideline ahead of a Bank of Japan meeting. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will release an update on the central bank's policy at the end of the policy meeting, during which it is widely expected that it will maintain its ultra-loose monetary policy and reiterate past assurances that it has no plans to follow the Fed's tapering plans.

The euro was stable at $1.1147, significantly shy of the seven-month high of $1.1296 hit on Wednesday. It is down 0.6 percent for the week. Meanwhile, the sterling ticked up 0.1 percent to $1.2762 after receiving a boost overnight following a divided decision from the Bank of England after its policy meeting.

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post Jun 19 2017, 02:20 AM
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Japan Has Y203.367 Billion Trade Deficit In May



Japan had a merchandise trade deficit of 203.367 billion yen in May, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday.

That missed forecasts for a surplus of 43.3 billion yen following the 481.7 billion yen surplus in April.

Exports were up 14.9 percent on year, shy of expectations for a gain of 16.0 percent following the 7.5 percent gain in the previous month.

Imports climbed an annual 17.8 percent versus expectations for 14.5 percent and up from 15.1 percent a month earlier.

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post Jun 19 2017, 04:50 AM
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U.K. and EU Begin Brexit Talks



British Brexit Secretary Davis Davis launches official talks in Brussels on Monday, that will forge the terms on with the UK will divorce from the European Union and set its ties with the zone for the coming years.

Almost a year since Britons shocked the world by voting on June 23 to sever ties with their main trading partner and almost three months since PM Theresa May triggered a two-year countdown to Brexit in March 2019, there is almost no clarity to what the future holds for both parties.

Even the British premier's political survivability is in question. Theresa May's conservatives lost their majority in a general election 10 days ago.

Davis is slated to meet chief EU arbitrator Michel Barnier at the European Commission's headquarters. They are scheduled to give a joint press conference following dialogue among their teams that will last seven hours.

Both parties attempted to downplay expectations for the possible results after a day of discussions. EU diplomats hope that the first meeting can enhance the talks' atmosphere following heated exchanges.

Davis conceding to Monday's agenda led some EU officials to perceive that May's government may be beginning to come around how the Brexit talks should proceed on Brussel's terms.

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post Jun 20 2017, 02:57 AM
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RBA Minutes On Tap For Tuesday



The Reserve Bank of Australia will on Tuesday release the minutes from its June 6 meeting, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity.

At the meeting, the RBA decided to retain its interest rate at a record low 1.50 percent for the ninth consecutive meeting.

Australia also will see Q1 figures for house prices, with forecasts suggesting an increase of 2.2 percent on quarter and 8.9 percent on year. That follows the 4.1 percent quarterly increase and the 7.7 percent yearly gain in the previous three months.

New Zealand will provide June data for the consumer confidence index from ANZ; in May, the index climbed 1.8 percent to a score of 123.9.

Japan will release May figures for nationwide and Tokyo area department store sales; in April, sales were up 0.7 percent on year and down 0.8 percent on year, respectively.

Hong Kong will provide May numbers for consumer prices and unemployment. In April, the inflation rate was 2.0 percent, while the jobless rate came in at 3.2 percent.

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post Jun 20 2017, 03:29 AM
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Dow, S&P 500 Log Record Close as Tech Stocks Regain



US equities rallied on Monday as technology stocks recuperated following their not-so-impressive performance in the last session.

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones glided higher as the technology sector climbed 1.7%, pushing equity indices higher. Previously, the sector lost 3.4% in the last few weeks.

Major tech shares including Facebook, Apple, and Alphabet all inched higher. Also, Amazon logged an all-time high as the trading session started.

The Dow stood at 21,528.99, up 0.83%, with Apple leading the advances. The Nasdaq ended at 6,239.01, up 1.42%. The S&P 500 closed at 2,453.46, with the IT leading eight sectors to their surge.

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post Jun 21 2017, 02:20 AM
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Sek Likely to Strengthen Gradually in Months Ahead, Eur/sek to Trade Around 9.2 by End-2017



The Swedish krona has consolidated in a comparatively narrow range between 9.70 and 9.80 against the euro in the past month. Riksbank’s surprise decision in April to extend its quantitative easing program to the end of this year, albeit halving the monthly rate of asset purchases in the second half of the year, came against the backdrop of volatile inflation readings and uncertainty in Europe, noted Lloyds Bank in a research report.

However, additional easing of monetary policy over and above this is unlikely. To a greater extent, Emmanuel Macron’s performance in the French presidential and legislative elections has lowered the political uncertainty in Europe. Moreover, keeping inflation aside, the Swedish economy continues to perform well.

Household consumption continues to be strong, while manufacturing and services PMI are solid. Furthermore, the SEK is believed to be considerably undervalued on a fundamental basis. Therefore, a gradual strengthening is likely in the months ahead, with EUR/SEK falling to 9.2 by the end of 2017, added Lloyds Bank.

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post Jun 21 2017, 03:46 AM
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U.S. Treasury Yields Slide as Traders Wager on Gradual Rate Hikes



U.S. government bond yields traded down as two Fed Reserve officials underlined that central bank's gradual strategy to hiking interest rates, while, taking note of the concerns regarding weak inflation and subdued growth in the economy.

Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said the U.S. central bank can postpone another hike until December and hold off in September another increase in interest rates. Meanwhile. Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said the lower rates may be a norm in the market for a longer period of time.

Yield on the 10-year Treasury note declined 3.5 bps to 2.153 percent. The two-year note yield trimmed 1.6 bps at 1.348 percent. Yield on the 30-year bond lost 5.2 bps to trade at 2.735 percent, bringing the bond's yield to its lowest level since November 8.

The statements caused bond investors to become doubtful on how fast the Fed will hike rates in the future as it also looks to unwind its $4.5 trillion balance sheet this year.

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post Jun 22 2017, 03:19 AM
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New Zealand Credit Card Spending Data Due On Thursday



New Zealand will on Thursday release May figures for credit card spending, highlighting a modest day for Asia-Pacific economic activity. Spending was up 0.9 percent on month and 6.4 percent on year in April.

Taiwan will see May figures for unemployment, with the jobless rate expected to rise to 3.80 percent from 3.78 percent in April.

Hong Kong will provide Q1 data for current account; in the three months prior, the current account surplus was 34.83 billion HKD, while the capital account had a deficit of 185 million HKD and the financial account showed a shortfall of 65.92 billion HKD.

The central bank in the Philippines will wrap up its monetary policy meeting and announce its decision on interest rates.

The bank is widely expected to keep its benchmark lending rate unchanged at 3.00 percent.

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Gold Climbs as Treasury Yields Hit Near 10-Year Low



Gold prices rose Thursday as the US dollar's easing made the Treasury yields hit its lowest in almost a decade.

The curve of the Treasury yield straightened to almost 10-year troughs as investors assessed how the Federal Reserve's hawkish tool shaped the economy but inflation measures are slumping. The greenback tumbled from a one-month peak versus a bunch of currencies.

US gold futures for August settlement traded at $1,253.10 an ounce, up 0.6%. Spot gold stood at $1,251.91 an ounce, up 0.5%. Earlier, it gained 0.3%, its biggest intraday percentage change since June 6.

Meanwhile, the holdings of SPDR Gold Trust climbed 0.4% to 853.98 tonnes, previously 853.68 tonnes.

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post Jun 23 2017, 02:15 AM
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Japan Manufacturing Sector Slows In May - Nikkei



The manufacturing sector in Japan continued to expand in May, albeit at a slower pace, the latest survey from Nikkei showed on Friday with a seven-month low manufacturing PMI score of 52.0.

That's down from 53.1 in May, although it remains above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction.

Individually, output posted its slowest growth in nine months, although exports expanded and job creation was sustained.

Stocks of purchases, stocks of finished goods and backlogs of work all swung to contraction.

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Gold Climbs following Five-Week Low



Gold continued its rebound Thursday as it climbed above the last session's five-week trough as the US dollar stabilized.

US gold futures for August settlement closed at $1,249.40, up 0.3%. Spot gold settled at $1,249.17 an ounce, up 0.3%. In the last trading session, it added 0.3% after trading at $1,240.75, its five-week trough.

Meanwhile, silver stood at $16.57 per ounce, up 0.9%. Platinum ended at $924.40, up 0.1%. But palladium traded at $884.60, down 0.4%.

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