AUD, NZD Hit FiveWeek Highs on Rising Commodity Prices


SYDNEY, April 20 Reuters The Australian dollar hit its highest level in nearly five weeks on Tuesday after the central bank sounded upbeat on the countrys economic recovery, while higher commodity prices also underpinned the currency.

The Aussie gained 0.54 to 0.7796 its highest since March 18 after minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australias April meeting showed the RBA sees a faster rebound from the pandemic. Australias economic recovery has surpassed all expectations with an abovetrend expansion likely this year and next, the minutes showed on Tuesday.

A weaker greenback overnight also helped lift the kiwi dollar by 0.48 to 0.7215, also near a fiveweek high, with the currency crossing the 0.72 barrier for the first time since March 18.

The solid economic rebound in Australia, improving global economic outlook and elevated commodity prices all suggest AUD can lift above 0.80 in coming months, Commonwealth Bank of Australia strategists said in a note.

Iron ore prices rose on Tuesday, extending recent gains spurred by improved steel profit margins in top steel producer China. Disappointing output figures from major miners Rio Tinto and Vale SA have added fuel to the rally.

In the mediumterm, the Kiwi and Aussie dollars should benefit from a global economic recovery, along with other cyclical currencies and commodities, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group analysts said.

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