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  • NZD/USD remains bid despite the dismal New Zealand consumer spending data.  
  • Markets expect the RBNZ to deliver a rate cut before the year-end.  
  • The PBOC kept interest rates unchanged at 4.20% earlier today.  

The bid tone around the New Zealand Dollar remains strong, pushing the NZD/USD pair above 0.64  despite the weaker-than-expected New Zealand consumer spending data for September.  

The annualized Credit Card Spending growth slowed to 4.8% in September from 6% in August. The market was expecting spending to rise to 5.1%.  On a month-on-month basis, the spending fell 0.1%, having risen by an upwardly revised 2.5% in August.  

The weaker-than-expected spending figures will likely bolster the dovish Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) expectations.  

The market expects the central bank to deliver an end-of-the-year rate cut, having stunned with a 50 basis point rate cut to 1% in August.  

Even so, the NZD/USD pair is flashing green for the third straight day and looks set for a convincing move above 0.645 with key indicators like the 14-day relative strength index (RSI) reporting bullish conditions with an above-50 print for the first time since July.  

It is worth noting that the People’s Bank of China kept the one-year loan prime rate unchanged at 4.20%, contradicting expectations for a minor cut to 4.15%. So far, however, the NZD and other Commodity Dollars have shown resilience to PBOC’s reluctance to cut rates.  

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