Australian dollar gives up rally as RBA delivers dovish hike



SYDNEY, Oct 4 (Reuters) -

The Australian dollar lost ground on Tuesday, having rallied sharply overnight, after the Reserve Bank of Australia delivered a smaller-than-expected rate hike, even as central banks elsewhere are raising rates aggressively.

The Aussie AUD=D3 slid 0.6% to $0.6476, moving closer to its recent 2-1/2 year trough of $0.6364, after the RBA raised its official cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.6%, defying expectations for a bigger 50-basis-point rise.

It rallied 1.6% overnight on the back of a rebound in global risk sentiment, as Britain's move to reverse course on parts of a controversial tax cut plan and a soft U.S. manufacturing report offered solace to investors.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), which had predicted the 25-basis-point move, expects the central bank to hike by another 25 bp in November before pausing.

"From that point our central scenario has the RBA on hold as they give themselves time to assess the lagged impact of rate rises on the Australian economy," said Gareth Aird, head of Australian economics at CBA."

Interest rate futures 0#YIB: jumped as the market priced in a lower peak for rates of 3.6%, compared with about 4.1% previously. 0#RBAWATCH

Australian three-year government bond yields AU3YT=RR plunged 34 basis points to 3.258% while ten-year yields tumbled 20 bps to 3.708%.

Sean Callow, a currency strategist at Westpac in Sydney, said any renewed deterioration in the global risk sentiment should boost the U.S. dollar and see the Aussie probe again the $0.6400 area.

"Near term, AUD/USD price action is being muddied by the bounce in global equities and broad-based US$ pullback."

The New Zealand dollar NZD=D3 was off 0.4% to $0.5695 on Tuesday, having bounced 2.0% overnight. Short-term resistance remains around 0.5750% while support lies around $0.5600.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) is widely expected to raise its interest rate by half a point to 3.5% on Wednesday, as it fights to contain inflation. 0#RBNZWATCH NZ/INT
Reporting by Stella Qiu in Sydney and Kevin Buckland in Tokyo; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa

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