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Discussion in 'FOREX Forums' started by InstaForex Gertrude, May 10, 2016.

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    NZ Dollar Climbs Amid Rising Risk Appetite On Trade Deal Hopes

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    The New Zealand dollar strengthened against its major counterparts in the Asian session on Monday amid rising risk appetite, as investors welcomed progress in trade talks between U.S. and China, after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that trade deal would go "way beyond" previous efforts to open China's markets to U.S. companies.
    Speaking on the sidelines of the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund this weekend, Mnuchin said that U.S-China trade talks are "close to the final round of concluding issues".
    Mnuchin said that the two sides have consented that "the enforcement mechanism works in both directions."
    Data from BusinessNZ showed that New Zealand services sector continued to expand in March, albeit at a slower rate, with a Performance of Services Index score of 52.9.
    That's down from 53.6 in February, and it marks the lowest index score since 2012.
    The kiwi advanced to an 11-day high of 0.6783 against the greenback, from a low of 0.6760 seen at 5:00 pm ET. The next possible resistance for the kiwi is seen around the 0.69 level.
    The kiwi that closed last week's trading at 75.72 against the yen firmed to a 2-week high of 75.96. The kiwi is poised to find resistance around the 77.00 level.
    The kiwi appreciated to a 4-day high of 1.6677 against the euro, compared to 1.6700 hit late New York Friday. If the kiwi rises further, 1.64 is possibly seen as its next resistance level.
    The NZ currency edged up to 1.0582 against the aussie, following a low of 1.0614 touched at 5:00 pm ET. The kiwi is seen finding resistance around the 1.04 level.
    Looking ahead, Swiss producer and import prices for March are due at 2:30 am ET.
    Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans will deliver a speech in a television appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box at 8:30 am ET.
    In the New York session, New York Fed's empire manufacturing survey for April and Canada existing home sales for March are slated for release.
    At 1:00 pm ET, Evans will speak about the economy and monetary policy at the New York Association for Business Economics luncheon.

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    Carry trade is back in fashion

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    In conditions of low volatility, traders once again resort to the help of a carry-trade strategy. Last week, a Bloomberg currency index that measures carry-trade returns from eight emerging markets has increased for the second week in a row. Such dynamics is recorded for the first time in more than two months. At the same time, expected fluctuations in currencies dropped for a second week, according to a JPMorgan Chase & Co volatility indicator.

    The lack of volatility in the foreign exchange markets suggests that investors need evidence to accelerate the growth of the global economy. Only then will they begin to enter long positions in EM-assets. Buyers' confidence in improving the state of the Chinese economy seems to be increasing every day. But the data on Wednesday, most likely, will show that the growth rate of the second largest economy in the world in Q1 stalled to 6.3%.

    Investors continue to worry about country risks. In India, Indonesia and South Africa, elections are scheduled, Brazil is still trying to implement pension reforms, and Turkey cannot stop the economic decline and high inflation.

    Upcoming events

    On Wednesday, Indonesians will decide whether to give the current president, Joko Widodo a mandate for a second five-year term or to choose another leader. The official count may take several days. Last month, the rupee became the best in Asia after the Philippine peso.
    In Brazil, traders' attention will be directed to the first congressional vote on the pension reform bill. Any postponement of a political event scheduled for Wednesday will be perceived negatively. Markets will focus on the number of votes that supported the bill. The situation with the speaker of the lower house, Rodrigo Maya, will also be in sight, after local media accused him of bribery.
    Senior representatives of the Bank of Korea on Thursday will discuss the possibility of a rate cut later this year after an unexpected slowdown in inflation in March. Market participants are already evaluating potential monetary easing. The yields on 3-year government bonds for the first time since 2016 fell below the rate at the end of March.

    China is in focus

    Along with the GDP report for Q1, China will publish monthly data on retail sales and industrial production. Investors are waiting for growth rates. In addition, on Wednesday comes the first maturity of the medium-term credit line in the amount of 367.5 billion yuan, or $ 55 billion. According to Chinese analysts, this gives the ideal time to adjust the reserve indicators of banks in case of disappointment with the growth statistics. China's securities should benefit from easing trade tensions with the US.

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    This April is going to be idle again for the pound

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    For the second year in a row, the British currency is missing the once-solid seasonal April rally associated with dividend flows. Blame it on the long-suffering Brexit and the risk of participating in European elections. Earlier for more than a decade, the sterling rose in price against the dollar every April. It was a kind of tradition.

    The reasons for the pound's growth at this time of year were simple. Local companies repatriated "home" dividends. Most firms are transnational. Not surprisingly, after receiving dividends abroad, they converted them to pounds. This model was absolutely workable and even withstood a powerful shock in the form of the 2008 crisis.

    While the pound rose 0.4% in tandem with the US dollar since the end of March, over the past 13 years to 2017, the average sterling grew by 2.3% in April. Last April, the pound approached the peak after the 2016 Brexit, when a referendum was held before turning down. As a result, the GBPUSD pair ended April with a fall of 1.8%.

    London has achieved the extension of the country's exit date from the European Union, market concerns about the chaotic "divorce" process have decreased, but this does not mean that the worst is over. Now investors will have to face political risks, such as the upcoming local elections in the UK, and the Brexit deadlock is only delayed. Alarming moods are likely to return and would put even more pressure on the pound. In late April, the British currency may start a new wave of decline.

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    Fasten your seat belts: after a lull in the market, a surge of "turbulence" is expected

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    Despite the global lull in the Forex market, traders do not seem to relax. The bottom, where JP Morgan's world currency volatility index turned out to be, may portend strong fluctuations in the US dollar exchange rate - this has happened three times in the past 25 years. Some currency strategists warn that they should prepare for a surge in market "turbulence."

    In the meantime, in the face of declining volatility of key currencies, investors are forced to search every corner of the market in search of profit.

    "The lack of serious movement in developed markets means that currency traders should try their luck in the darker corners of the liquid currencies of developing countries," said Peter Rosensstraich of Swissquote Bank.

    "Hedge funds have begun to redefine the weight of emerging markets against the dollar," said Philip Ferreira, senior mixed assets strategist at Lyxor Asset Management.

    According to Keith Jax, a Societe Generale specialist, using the yen as a funding currency to buy Indian rupee, Chinese yuan or the Philippine peso could bring substantial profits.

    Carry trading also looks attractive in a low volatile environment.

    "At the beginning of the year, we opened longs for the USD/ZAR pair, since it managed to rally, which took place in February-March. We received about 6% profit on this jump, and I am very pleased with it, "said Allianz investment manager Casper Brzezniak.

    "The pound sterling is trading in an even narrower range than its counterparts, since Brexit was postponed until October, and the volatility of the British currency fell sharply. To make money in these conditions, you need to have time to take advantage of short periods of volatility on the news. This strategy can bear fruit if you choose the right range. Timing is also very important," said Scott Thiel of BlackRock Inc.

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    South Korea GDP Slips 0.3% In Q1

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    South Korea's gross domestic product contracted a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2019, the Bank of Korea said in Thursday's advanced estimate.

    That follows the 1.0 percent increase in the three months prior.

    On an annualized yearly basis, GDP climbed 1.8 percent, slowing from the 2.7 percent increase in the previous three months.
    Real gross domestic income picked up 0.2 percent on quarter because of an improvement in terms of trade, the bank said.

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    Japan Retail Sales Add 0.2% On Month In March

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    Retail sales in Japan were up a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent on month in March, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Friday.

    That beat expectations for a flat reading and was down from the 0.4 percent increase in February.

    On a yearly basis, retail sales climbed 1.0 percent - also beating forecasts for a gain of 0.8 percent and up from 0.6 percent in the previous month.

    Large retailer sales were up an annual 0.6 percent, beating forecasts for a drop of 1.8 percent - which would have been unchanged.

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    Finland Consumer Confidence Slows In April

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    Finland's consumer confidence slowed in April after rising in the previous month, survey data from Statistics Finland showed on Monday.

    The consumer confidence index rose to 15.7 from 16.1 in March. The reading remained above its long-term average of 12.7.

    The survey was conducted among 1,143 persons in Finland between April 1 and 17.

    Among the four sub-indexes, only consumers' expectations concerning Finland's economy improved slightly in April. Households' personal finance expectations eased, while they were less pessimistic regarding the situation in Finland's economy.

    Elsewhere, survey data from the Confederation of Finnish Industries showed that the manufacturing confidence index dropped to -1 in April from 1 in March.

    Morale deteriorated in construction, while it improved in services and retail trade.
     
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    South Korea Industrial Production Gains 1.4% On Month In March

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    Industrial output in South Korea climbed a seasonally adjusted 1.4 percent on month in March, Statistics Korea said on Tuesday - rebounding from the 3.4 percent contraction in February.
    On a yearly basis, industrial was down 2.8 percent following the 3.4 percent annual slide in the previous month.
    The index of all industry production was up 1.1 percent on month and down 0.7 percent on year. In February, the index was down 2.6 percent on month and 1.9 percent on year.
    The Manufacturing Production Index increased 1.5 percent on month but fell 2.9 percent on year. The Manufacturing Shipment Index gained 2.5 percent on month but fell 1.5 percent on year. The Manufacturing Inventory Index shed 0.6 percent on month but climbed 4.6 percent on year.
    The Production Capacity Index added 0.2 percent on month but fell 0.5 percent on year. The Index of Capacity Utilization Rate climbed 1.4 percent on month but lost 2.5 percent on year.
    The Manufacturing Average Capacity Utilization Rate in March marked 71.5 percent, which increased by 1.0 percentage points from the previous month. The Index of Services added 0.2 percent from the previous month and 0.6 percent on year.
    The Retail Sales Index jumped 3.3 percent on month and 2.4 percent on year. The Equipment Investment Index jumped 10.0 percent on month but tumbled 15.5 percent on year.
    The Domestic Machinery Shipment Index in March dropped 15.2 percent on year. The value of Domestic Machinery Orders Received fell 6.7 percent on year.
    The value of construction completed at constant prices increased 8.9 percent on month but lost 2.9 percent on year. The value of construction orders received at current prices surged 18.7 percent on year.
    The Composite Coincident Index in March added 0.1 percent from the previous month. The Cyclical Component of Composite Coincident Index, which reflects current economic situations, eased 0.1 points from the previous month.
    The Composite Leading Index in March gained 0.2 percent on month. The Cyclical Component of Composite Leading Index, which predicts the turning point in business cycle, eased 0.1 points on month.

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    Rising oil prices pose a problem for the global economy - Morgan Stanley

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    According to analysts of the largest bank Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, the markets underestimate the risks associated with rising oil prices. Investors are careless over this fact, although they should purchase low-cost energy stocks to hedge their portfolios so as not to lose.

    At the beginning of this week, the situation on the stock markets developed favorably, which is why investors have lost their vigilance, bank experts say. On Monday, April 29, the S&P 500 index updated its record high. The main catalyst for its growth were US data. By the end of March 2019, consumer spending in America rose substantially, and the base rate of inflation, which the Fed carefully monitors, fell to an annual low. This can affect the decision of the regulator about the interest rate, analysts believe. The positive dynamics of the S&P 500 index suggests that investors are satisfied with oil prices, which is not very good, Morgan Stanley believes.

    Experts advise market participants not to rest on their laurels, noting that the current rise in oil prices could be a problem for the global economy. If the cost of oil remains at the current level until the end of this year, the consumer price index may exceed 3%, creating a problem for the Fed. At the same time, the purchasing power of the population will significantly decrease, putting pressure on corporate profits and slowing economic growth in China and in emerging markets, Morgan Stanley believes.

    Recall that the prices of Brent and WTI crude oil have recently reached their highest level in the last six months. On Tuesday, April 30, Brent crude rose by 1.10% to $ 72.74 per barrel. According to experts, the price of black gold will remain high or continue to grow, if OPEC and its allies extend the term of the agreement on the restriction of raw materials supply. It is possible that a decision will be taken at the next meeting in June of this year.

    In the current situation, bank analysts recommend buying cheap oil stocks to hedge their portfolio, especially if so-called "growth stocks" prevail. These include papers purchased for the cyclical recovery of the economy. This will help lower the risks in the future, according to Morgan Stanley.

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    Franc Falls Ahead Of Swiss CPI

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    At 2:30 am ET Friday, Swiss CPI for April is due. Ahead of the data, the franc dropped against its major counterparts.

    The franc was worth 109.28 against the yen, 1.0202 against the greenback, 1.1394 against the euro and 1.3295 against the pound at 2:25 am ET.
     
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    Sweden Services Growth Slows For Second Month

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    Sweden's services sector growth slowed for a second month in a row in April, but has stabilized in recent months, suggesting a bottom in the cycle, survey results from the Swedbank and the logistics business lobby Silf showed on Monday.

    The Purchasing Managers Index, or PMI, for the services sector fell to 54 from 55.1 in March. A reading above 50 suggests growth in the sector.

    The next few months will be decisive to determine the direction of the services cycle, Jorgen Kennemar, the economist responsible for analysis for PMI at Swedbank, said.

    Overall private sector growth also slowed for the second consecutive month with the Composite PMI falling to 53.2 in April from 54.4 in March.

    That means weaker activity in the business sector, but also suggests a stabilization, Kennemar said.
     
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    Aussie Steady Ahead Of RBA Decision

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    At 12:30 am ET Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia announces its decision on interest rates. The RBA is widely expected to cut its benchmark lending rate by 25 bps to 1.25 percent.

    Ahead of the announcement, the aussie held steady against its major rivals.

    The aussie was worth 77.44 against the yen, 1.6012 against the euro, 0.6999 against the greenback and 1.0592 against the kiwi as of 12:25 am ET.

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    What was Trump really up to?

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    It's no secret that Donald Trump likes to intimidate the markets; this is his favorite weapon. It is equally safe to say that all these threats cannot be taken at face value. If Washington actually introduces new duties, which Trump tweeted, then the tariff barrier between the US and China will be higher than in many developing countries.
    All these emotional outbursts are more like a continuation of the game "who blinks first," rather than a change in the course of trade negotiations. In this case, a logical question arises: what did Trump actually plan?
    There are suggestions that China has nothing to do with it, and Trump's tweets are part of a certain president's game with the Fed. Earlier, the pressure was on the central bank to strengthen the position of the economy, which could bear the consequences of a trade war without complications. Perhaps now Trump is trying to drive the Fed into a corner. If trade uncertainty exists, the regulator will be forced to lower rates and ensure an economic boom before the 2020 elections. By the way, expectations for a reduction in the rate have now increased, whereas a few days ago they were declining.
    It is unlikely that the head of the White House plays a strategic game, but in general, events confirm this. In addition, he has to reckon with what is happening in the foreign exchange market. The Chinese yuan, most of the post-crisis era, became cheaper following the slow growth of the country's economy. Companies that are subject to Chinese risk lagged behind other stocks, the exchange rate increased the competitiveness of the state. That all changed a little over a year ago, in part because of concerns about a trade dispute with the United States. On Monday, Chinese stocks plummeted, and the yuan fell to its lowest level in more than three years.
    The authorities of China continue to carefully monitor the national currency, so it will not be easy for Donald Trump to increase the competitiveness of the US economy. More precisely – it is impossible. We need the Fed to lower the rate.

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    Dollar Up Slightly As Trade War Concerns Linger

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    The U.S. dollar was mostly subdued slightly above the unchanged line on Wednesday with traders weighing political and economic news from across the globe for direction.

    The ongoing trade spat between the U.S. and China threatens to significantly impact global economic growth.

    Earlier this week, the markets were reacting to news that the U.S. administration will hike tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% from the existing 10% from this Friday.

    U.S. President Donald Trump noted in a post on Twitter that Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will be a part of the talks, claiming the high-ranking official is "coming to the U.S. to make a deal."

    "We'll see, but I am very happy with over $100 Billion a year in Tariffs filling U.S. coffers...great for U.S., not good for China!" Trump tweeted.

    Trump also claimed China is attempting to renegotiate terms of a trade deal in order to strike a new deal with a Democratic president that continues to rip off the U.S.

    The U.S. dollar index, which 97.68, was last seen hovering around 97.60, up 0.06% from previous close.

    Against the Euro, the dollar was $1.1192, after moving between $1.1183 and $1.1215.

    The British Pound Sterling weakened to $1.3009, losing more than 0.5% against the dollar.

    The Chinese yuan was down 0.2% against the greenback, extending losses to a third straight day, due to rising concerns over U.S.-China trade war.

    The Aussie and loonie were lower by 0.37% and 0.04%, respectively, against the greenback. The Swiss franc was down as well, with the dollar-franc pair trading at 1.0208.

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    U.S. Wholesale Inventories Unexpectedly Edge Lower In March

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    A report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday unexpectedly showed a modest decrease in U.S. wholesale inventories in the month of March.
    The Commerce Department said wholesale inventories edged down by 0.1 percent in March after climbing by an upwardly revised 0.4 percent in February. Economists had expected inventories to come in unchanged.
    The slight drop in wholesale inventories came as inventories of non-durable goods slid by 0.6 percent amid a sharp pullback in inventories of drugs.
    On the other hand, the report said inventories of durable goods rose by 0.3 percent, reflecting notable increases in inventories of machinery and metals.
    The Commerce Department also said wholesale sales surged up by 2.3 percent in March after rising by 0.3 percent in February.
    Sales of durable goods jumped by 1.4 percent amid sharp increases in sales of electrical equipment and miscellaneous durable goods.
    A spike in sales of petroleum products also contributed to a 3.1 percent leap in sales of non-durable goods.
    With inventories falling and sales soaring, the inventories/sales ratio for merchant wholesalers dropped to 1.32 in March from 1.35 in February.

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    Japan Has 2,847.9 Billion Current Account Surp

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    Japan posted a current account surplus of 2,847.9 billion yen in March, the Ministry of Finance said on Tuesday - down 10.6 percent on year.

    That missed forecasts for a surplus of 3,007.2 billion but was still up from 2,676.8 billion in February.

    The trade balance showed a surplus of 700.1 billion yen, also missing expectations for 838.9 billion yen and up from 489.2 billion yen in the previous month.

    Exports fell 5.2 percent on year to 7.058 trillion yen, while imports added an annual 1.5 percent to 6.358 trillion yen.

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    China's Industrial Output Growth Slows

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    China's industrial production and retail sales growth eased in April, figures from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Wednesday.
    Industrial production advanced 5.4 percent year-on-year in April, following March's 8.5 percent increase. The growth rate was forecast to slow moderately to 6.5 percent.
    Likewise, annual growth in retail sales eased to 7.2 percent from 8.7 percent a month ago. Sales were forecast to expand 8.6 percent.
    Data showed that fixed asset investment climbed 6.1 percent during January to April period compared to the 6.3 percent expansion logged in January to March period. Economists had forecast 6.4 percent growth.

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    Australia Jobless Rate Rises To 5.2% In April

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    The unemployment rate in Australia came in at a seasonally adjusted 5.2 percent in April, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday.

    That was above forecasts for 5.0 percent and up from the upwardly revised 5.1 percent in March (originally 5.0 percent).
    The Australian economy added 28,400 jobs last month - exceeding expectations for an increase of 15,000 following the gain of 25,700 a month earlier.

    The participation rate ticked up to 65.8 percent, beating forecasts for 65.7 percent - which would have been unchanged from the previous month.

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    The growth of China's gold reserves is breaking records

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    According to some analysts, Chinese authorities are showing a growing appetite for increasing the country's gold reserves. Last week, the central bank of China announced its purchase of a record amount of the precious metal. Analysts are certain that this is not the limit, and that China will continue to increase its reserves of the yellow metal.
    Last week, the financial authorities of China released a statement, which confirmed the growth of the country's gold reserves by 14.9 tons, to a mark of more than 1900 tons in April of this year. According to analysts, the gold reserves of China have been growing for five months in a row. Since December 2018, the Chinese regulator has increased their volume by 58 tons. Note that from October 2016 to November last year, Chinese authorities did not disclose information about their gold reserves. Analysts believe that this indicates the absence of official purchases.
    Analysts of the precious metals market are confident that the real volume of gold reserves in China is much more than official sources say. According to the World Gold Council, at the end of 2018, 1,506 tons of ferrous metal were imported into the country, and 17 tons were exported, while the precious metal production was 404 tons. Some experts have suggested that the Chinese authorities are not telling the whole truth, so as not to cause a rise in world prices for the yellow metal.
    At present, China is also the main holder of US state bonds. In 2010, China's share in US government bonds was 14%. At the moment, it does not exceed 5%, although experts are confident that the trend to diversify international reserves will continue with the help of the yellow metal.

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    New Zealand Performance Of Service Index Slows In April

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    The services sector in New Zealand continued to expand in April, albeit at a slower pace, the latest survey from BusinessNZ revealed on Monday with a Performance of Services Index score of 51.8.

    That's down from 52.3 in March, although it remains above the boom-or-bust line of 50 that separates expansion from contraction.

    The April reading was the third straight monthly decline and the lowest index reading since September 2012.

    Individually, sales, supplier deliveries and new orders expanded, while stocks and employment were in contraction.

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