New Zealands dollar dropped by the most this month as speculation mounted that the central bank will cut interest rates, while Asian stocks retreated from their highest level since April as petroleum fell.

The kiwi weakened against all 31 major peers after Reserve Bank of New Zealand moved to rein in the nations housing boom, an obstacle to lowering borrowing costs. Australias dollar slipped to a one-week low, while the Japanese yen rose from around levels last insured on the day of the Brexit vote count. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index snapped a six-day winning streak as petroleum slipped to about $45 a barrel. Japanese stocks gained as trading resumed after a holiday. SoftBank Group Corp. tumbled by the most since 2012 after agreeing to pay $32 billion for ARM Holdings Plc.

Central banks remain in focus as New Zealands plan to curb speculation in the housing market by stiffening lending restrictions boosted prospects for an interest-rate cut. In Japan, a professor who has collaborated on research with Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the authority has no need to further increase monetary stimulus. U.S. earnings season ramps up Tuesday with Goldman Sachs Group Inc ., Microsoft Corp. and Johnson& Johnson among companies reporting.

The market is taking a pause, said Tony Farnham, a strategist at Paterson Security in Sydney. There isnt much of a catalyst out there. People are starting to question if the working group still value in the market following the post-Brexit rally.


New Zealands dollar fell 1.3 percent versus the greenback as of 10: 49 a.m. Tokyo time. The central bank said it will require investors in the housing market across the country to have a deposit of at least 40 percent from Sept. 1, compared with an existing requirement that such purchasers in Auckland have at least a 30 percent deposit. Swaps merchants are pricing in a 79 percentage opportunity of a rate cut by New Zealands central bank on Aug. 11, compared with 55 percentage at the start of the month.

The Aussie slipped 0.9 percentage as minutes from the latest Reserve Bank of Australia meeting presented policy makers kept their options open and reiterated that a higher currency could complicate adjustments in the economy.

The yen strengthened 0.4 percent to 105. 73 versus the greenback, after sliding 1.2 percentage in the last session.


The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.3 percent as benchmarks declined in Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea. Japans Topix index rose 0.1 percentage from Fridays close.

Futures on the S& P 500 Index declined 0.2 percentage, after the gauge closed at a record high. Chipmakers resulted gains among U.S. shares on Monday amid bargain activity, while corporate earnings spurred optimism that results this season will be sturdy enough to help sustain equities at record levels. Bank of America Corp. advanced 3.3 percentage in New York after posting higher profit in each of its four main businesses.

On current sentiment it seems likely that any pullbacks will be shallow and a buying possibility, said Chris Weston, chief marketplace strategist at IG Ltd. in Melbourne. We will need to see good earnings, or the market is at risk of rolling over.


Crude oil retreated 0.3 percent to $45.09 a barrel in New York. It slid 1.6 percentage on Monday after a failed takeover try in Turkey failed to disrupt shipments through the country, a vital conduit for moving from Russia and Iraq to the Mediterranean Sea.

Nickel widened gains from the highest close in nearly nine months on supplying disruptions in the Philippines, the top shipper of ore to China.

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