Economic Events: (GMT + 10:00)

10:30     AUD      Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes are a detailed record of the bank's most recent policy-setting meeting, containing in-depth insights into the economic conditions that influenced the rate decision.

More dovish than expected minutes could be taken as negative/bearish for the AUD, while more hawkish than expected minutes could be taken as positive/bullish for the AUD.                                                                

12:00     NZD       Inflation Expectations (QoQ)                                                                    2.8%

Inflation Expectations measures the percentage that business managers expect the price of goods and services to change annually during the next two years. The data is released quarterly.

A higher than expected reading should be taken as positive/bullish for the NZD, while a lower than expected reading should be taken as negative/bearish for the NZD.                          

12:30     AUD       RBA Governor Stevens Speaks                  

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Governor Glenn Stevens (September 2006 - September 2013) is to speak. As the head of the RBA, which sets short term interest rates, he has a major influence over the value of the Australian dollar. Traders watch his speeches closely as they are often used to drop subtle hints regarding future monetary policy and interest rate shifts.

His comments may determine a short-term positive or negative trend.

NZD/USD

NZD/USD Fundamental Analysis February 21, 2012, Forecast

Analysis and Recommendation: (Close of  the Asian session )

NZD/USD reached a high of 0.8416 and  is currently trading at 0.8410 as traders become more optimistic about the global economy and the delivery of a second aid package to Greece.

The kiwi had a positive move after the decision by the Chinese central bank to lower the ratio of funds that commercial banks must hold as reserves. The cut, which will free up more money for commercial banks to lend, is aimed at helping to improve economic growth. Injecting the equivalent of billions of dollars into the economy, which will boost demand for goods and services in New Zealand and elsewhere in Asia and the Pacific.

Eurozone finance ministers will meet in Brussels tonight, and are expected to decide whether to approve the delivery of a second bailout package for debt-laden Greece.

 Monday February 20, 2012 Economic Data actual v forecast

US markets closed

NZD

 

PPI Input (QoQ) 

0.5%

 

0.4%

 

0.6%

 

JPY

 

Trade Balance 

-0.61T

 

-0.85T

 

-0.57T

 

Sovereign Bond Auction Schedule

Feb 21  09:30  Spain  3 & 6M T-bill auction

Feb 21  15:30  UK  Details gilt auction on Mar 01

Feb 21  18:00  US  Auctions 2Y Notes

Feb 22  10:10  Sweden  Nominal bond auction

Feb 22  10:30  Germany  Eur 5.0bn Mar 2014 Schatz

Feb 22  16:30  Italy   Details CTZ/BTPei on Feb 24 & BOT on Feb 27

Feb 22  18:00  US  Auctions 5Y Notes

Feb 23  10:10  Sweden  Sek 0.75bn I/L bond auction

Feb 23  16:30  Italy   Details BTP/CCTeu on Feb 28

Feb 23  18:00  US  Auctions 7Y Notes

Feb 24  10:10  Italy   Auctions CTZ/BTP

NZD/USD Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)

 

Name S3 S2 S1 Pivot R1 R2 R3

Classic
0.8336
0.8362
0.8378
0.8404
0.8420
0.8446
0.8462

Fibonacci
0.8362
0.8378
0.8388
0.8404
0.8420
0.8430
0.8446

Camarilla
0.8383
0.8387
0.8391
0.8404
0.8398
0.8402
0.8406

Woodie's
-
0.8360
0.8374
0.8402
0.8416
0.8444
-

DeMark's
-
-
0.8433
0.8411
0.8391
-
-