Forex – Aussie Weaker In Asia After China Trade, Jump In Imports Noted

© Reuters. Aussie weaker in Asia – The Aussie held weaker after China’s trade balance surplus came in narrower than expected for January, though a jump in imports caught market attention.

China reported data with a $20.34 billion surplus, compared to a $54.10 billion surplus seen for January, data released on Thursday showed.

rose 11.1%, compared to a 9.6% gain seen and up from 10.9% in December, while soared 36.9%, compared to a 9.8% rise expected, and a jump from 4.5% in December.

traded down 0.06% to 0.7818 ahead of the China data with the currency’s fortunes closely tied to its top trading partner. changed hands at 109.36, down 0.01%.

The NAB quarterly business confidence index came in at pus-6 for the fourth quarter of 2017, down from plus-8 previously.

fell 0.68% to 0.7189 after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand held the official cash rate at a record low 1.75% as expected on Thursday with Governor Grant Spencer warning that volatility in financial markets could signal higher rates with unemployment near the natural level.

But the overall tone of the statement was for stable policy.

“Monetary policy will remain accommodative for a considerable period,” the bank said after its latest policy meeting. “Numerous uncertainties remain and policy may need to adjust accordingly.”

The , which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, was ldown 0.02% to 90.14.

Market participants were looking ahead to the RBNZ’s monthly policy decision, due early Thursday. The central bank was expected to leave interest rates on hold at 1.75%.

Investors will especially be focusing on the RBNZ’s policy statement for potential indications on the central bank’s future policy moves.

Overnight, the U.S. dollar was higher against other major currencies on Wednesday, as it recovered from earlier losses.

The dollar had risen after global equity markets fell on Friday following the release of strong U.S. employment data, which sparked concerns over rising inflation, sending bond yields sharply higher.

The index was particularly hit on Monday, when it recorded its worst daily point drop in history. Equities rebounded on Tuesday, which pressured the greenback after it had benefited from the sharp sell-off.

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