NZD/USD loses ground as US Dollar improves ahead of US Inflation data


The NZD/USD pair falls to near 0.6110 during the European trading session on Tuesday. The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) encounters pressure against the US Dollar (USD) is partially attributed to diminished Kiwi inflation expectations in the first quarter, as reflected in the RBNZ Inflation Expectations (QoQ) data, which rose by 2.5% but lower than the previous increase of 2.7%. Economists at Commerzbank offer insights into the Kiwi’s outlook, noting a significant decline in two-year inflation expectations to their lowest level since the third quarter of 2021. This places them just half a percentage point above the midpoint of the RBNZ’s 1-3% inflation target range. However, given the prevailing trends in inflation and economic growth, it is deemed highly improbable for the RBNZ to raise rates again.

The US Dollar Index (DXY) maintains its upward trajectory for the second consecutive session, hovering around 104.10. However, the Greenback’s ascent may be tempered by subdued US Treasury yields, with the 2-year and 10-year US yields at 4.47% and 4.17%, respectively, at present. The NZD/USD pair receives downward pressure as traders exercise caution ahead of the release of United States (US) inflation data scheduled for Tuesday. Market experts anticipate the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) to moderate, with a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 2.9%, compared to the previous rise of 3.4%. The month-over-month rate is expected to stay consistent at 0.2%. Core CPI YoY could rise by 3.7%, down from the previous increase of 3.9%. The monthly core inflation is anticipated to be unchanged at 0.3%.


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