Australia, NZ dlrs higher amid China's 3Q data
By Paulina Duran
SYDNEY, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The Australian dollar rose on Monday after data showed China extended its economic recovery, and the New Zealand currency also posted gains following a landslide election victory for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during the weekend.
The Australian dollar AUD=D3, which correlates closely with the Chinese economy, rose 0.2% to $0.7091 against the greenback, recovering a fraction of the previous week's losses.
China's economy grew 4.9% in the third quarter compared with a year earlier, extending its economic comeback, while monthly indicators pointed to a pickup in momentum too.
The New Zealand dollar NZD=D3 edged up 0.3% at $0.6620 after falling about 1% last week and ending Friday's session at $0.6605.
With polls ahead of the election flagging Ardern's win and no major new policies unveiled, the kiwi's reaction has been somewhat subdued, analysts said.
However, "there's potential for further modest gains during the day (and) the multi-month outlook remains positive, with potential to rise towards 0.6800 – the top of a multi-month range," Westpac strategists said.
Australian government bond futures were slightly lower on Monday, with the three-year bond contract YTTc1 down half a tick at 99.83, ahead of the release of Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) monetary policy minutes on Tuesday.
The 10-year contract YTCc1 was 2.5 ticks lower, at 99.25.
RBA Governor Philip Lowe last week said Australia's 10-year yields were higher than "almost everywhere in the world" and so the bank was studying whether it should buy more government bonds to push yields lower.
Analysts expect a cautious tone in coming days given the RBA's policy meeting next month, held the same day as the U.S. election, is likely to put pressure on the Aussie.
The RBA is widely expected to cut its cash rate to 0.1% on Nov. 3 and expand its quantitative easing programme. AU/INT
"The near-term risk environment remains uncertain and potentially volatile as we head into the US election," Nomura strategists told clients. "We believe the RBA is easier to read and note what we see as a significant shift in its thinking and policy approach, which is clearly tilting in a dovish direction."
(Editing by Gerry Doyle)
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