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NZGBS: Bear Flattening Extends, RBNZ Pricing Continues To Adjust Higher


Thursday’s weakness in U.S. Tsys has allowed NZGBs to extend on their own Thursday cheapening, with the major benchmarks running 4-7bp lower as the pull away from YtD yield lows extends and the curve flattens again. Swap rates have moved in the same direction, albeit in a more measured manner, showing ~3bp higher across the curve, resulting in swap spread tightening. The 2-/10-Year swap spread has generally consolidated in February, after the pull away from cycle extremes (deepest inversion since the GFC) in late ’22.

  • RBNZ dated OIS firms again this morning, leaving just over 60bp of tightening priced for this month’s meeting, alongside pricing of a terminal OCR of ~5.40%.
  • The BusinessNZ manufacturing PMI moved back into expansionary territory, printing above the breakeven 50.0 level for the first time since September.
  • Elsewhere, domestic card spending data ticked higher in M/M terms, with total card spending breaking a run of two consecutive months of declines lodged at the end of ’22.
  • We don’t have anything in the way of meaningful domestic risk events slated ahead of the weekend, which will leave cross-market gyrations, as well as any spill over from the RBA’s SoMP and Chinese inflation data front and centre during the remainder of Friday trade.
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