Investing.com - The New Zealand dollar edged higher against its
U.S. counterpart on Tuesday, as demand for the greenback weakened
after the U.S. Congress failed to reach an agreement on a budget
for the next fiscal year, leading to a partial shutdown of the
NZD/USD hit 0.8318 during late Asian trade, the session high; the
pair subsequently consolidated at 0.8332, adding 0.36%.
The pair was likely to find support at 0.8252, Monday's low and
resistance at 0.8360, the high of September 24.
The greenback remained under pressure as the U.S. government began
a partial shutdown after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on
a new budget. It is the first partial government shutdown in the
U.S. for 17 years.
Republicans have insisted on delaying the implementation of
President Obama's health care reforms as a condition for passing
The kiwi was lower against the Australian dollar with AUD/NZD
advancing 0.72%, to hit 1.1304.
Also Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia held its benchmark
interest rate at a record low 2.50%, saying that earlier rate cuts
are still filtering through the economy.
In addition, official data showed that retail sales in Australia
rose 0.4% in August, beating expectations for a 0.3% increase,
after a 0.1% rise the previous month.
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