Asia And Oceania Regain Optimism; Kiwi Learning To Fly Again

The Asia-Pacific region published healthy reports that keep financial markets’ wariness from turning into a sustained sell-off. The New Zealand dollar has surpassed the milestone of 0.7000, the Chinese yuan was testing the highs of the last six weeks, and the Japanese yen was trading near 109 per dollar, its lowest in 8 weeks.

New Zealand unemployment rate fell to pre-pandemic levels

The New Zealand dollar was up by 0.5% for the second day in a row, surpassing the major round level 0.7000 on strong labor market data. Employment rose 1% in the second quarter after 0.6% in the first. The unemployment rate fell to 4% from 4.6% in the second quarter, returning to pre-pandemic levels. Technically, the RBNZ has no obstacles to normalize monetary policy as inflation, GDP, and employment have already fully recovered. Additionally, wages jumped by 1.2% in the previous three months, the sharpest jump since 2008.   Although the New Zealand economy has suffered less than other developed countries, it is also supported by the surge in demand for its exports (dairy products) from China and a housing market boom.

NZDUSD has surpassed the milestone of 0.7000

Such strong fundamentals present an opportunity for the kiwi to repeat the successes of the early 2000s with a multi-year solid rise. At that time, the NZD/USD doubled within seven years. Although a second flight with the same amplitude is unlikely, the bulls have a 0.73-0.75 area in sight in the short term and a renewal of historic highs near 0.90 in the perspective of a couple of years. China was supporting the markets’ optimism today with a firm services PMI release. The index rose to 54.9 in July, marking an acceleration after June’s failed 50.3 and alarming manufacturing activity data earlier in the week.

China Services and Manufacturing PMIs

The dollar retreated to 6.45 Chinese yuan, an area of support since late June, thanks to a neat recovery in demand for risk assets. China caused a stir yesterday with an angry article in a state-owned newspaper about gaming services, further fueling fears that Politburo policies were depriving China of its appeal to foreign investors. However, the article was soon removed, and local stocks saw renewed buying after a strong decline last month.

USDCNH near major local support line

USD/CNH will signal the USD bears’ strength on the drop under the support line at 6.45 and the 50 SMA. This might clear the way for a quick pullback to the more global lows at 6.35 and further at 6.25 if the Fed continues to demonstrate its slowness in winding down the stimulus.The FxPro Analyst Team

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