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NZ jobs figures very poor; Kiwi tumbles after head fake

The New Zealand Dollar is selling off across the board. What appeared to be initially some surprisingly upbeat numbers through a reduction in the unemployment rate in New Zealand to 6.9% vs 7.1% expected in the fourth quarter, was simply too good to be true, and speculators have been faced with aggressive selling after realizing that the low unemployment was caused by low participation levels, down to 67.2% v 68.5% exp. Additionally, employment growth stood at -1% QoQ, well below the 0.4% rise expected. The NZDUSD, after a brief spike to 0.8446, is now at session lows around 0.8340.

New Zealand Employment Change falls to -1% in 4Q from -0.4%

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Forex: EUR/USD holds above 1.3500, but is it time for bears?

After being unable to break above the 1.3600 frontier, the EUR/USD set back towards the 1.3500 area where the pair found some support. The euro managed to trim losses but the recovery was capped by the 1.3545 area. This way, the pair was confined to a range and a consolidation phase as investors refrain from taking big positions ahead of the ECB meeting.
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