New Zealand Dollar Takes Off versus the Greenback After GDT Auction Prices Tick Up

The New Zealand dollar traded sharply higher versus its American counterpart on Tuesday after reports showed prices in the latest Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction in New Zealand advanced while new orders for U.S.-made goods recorded their biggest drop in nearly three years in July.

The Kiwi jumped more than 1.3 percent against the U.S. dollar in North American trading session on Tuesday to the highest level since August 30th. The price index reported an increase of 0.3% at the 5th sale of the 2017/18 season following a 0.4% decline at the previous sale.

Although whole Milk Powder prices fell 1.6% after having declined by 0.6% previously and Skim Milk Powder prices fell 1.2%, butter prices recorded an increase of 3.8% from the previous auction to just below the $6,000 per tonne.

Meanwhile, turning to the greenback, the Commerce Department reported that factory goods orders tumbled 3.3 percent in July amid a slump in demand for transportation equipment. While June’s data was revised upwards to show orders rising 3.2 percent, adding 0.2% from previously reported of 3.0 percent surge, July’s reading marked biggest drop since August 2014.

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