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Australia dollar skids as central bank takes another swing at bulls SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar was on the defensive on Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) reiterated the local currency was still uncomfortably high, encouraging speculators to challenge major support levels. The Aussie slipped to $0.9063, after an early rally to $0.9137 met consistent sellers. Dealers said a bearish market was gunning for stop-loss orders under $0.9055, its November trough, in the hope of triggering an even steeper fall. Hedge funds have been aggressive sellers of the Aussie in recent weeks in large part as a shift away from currencies leveraged to emerging market countries and toward assets in the major developed nations. This rotation has hit commodity currencies from Australia to New Zealand, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. Australia's central bank has been cheering the move since it keenly wants a lower currency to help boost trade-exposed sectors of the domestic economy. "The market needed the RBA comment ...

Australia shares pull back from 5 year high, ANZ buffers SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.5 percent on Tuesday, pulling back from five-year highs as buying momentum paused ahead of the outcome of the US Federal Reserve's policy-setting meeting this week.Global miners BHP Billiton Ltd and Rio Tinto Ltd hobbled the market, falling 0.7 percent and 1.5 percent respectively, as China's iron ore futures dropped for a seventh straight session on a sluggish steel market.The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 25.9 points to 5,415.5. The benchmark jumped ...
Australia shares edge higher on healthcare and bank stocks, China SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.3 percent on Thursday, led by strength in the financial and healthcare sectors, and after a preliminary survey showed China's manufacturing sector had its fastest expansion in seven months.The October flash PMI figure, the earliest reading of China's monthly economic performance, offers some positive news after disappointing export figures and September's manufacturing PMI, which had shown weak domestic demand.The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 16.8 points to 5,372.9, hovering at 5-year highs. ...
Australia shares rise to new 5 year high, BHP cheered by strong SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.4 percent on Tuesday to a new five-year closing high, led by BHP Billiton on solid production results, while a rush of US data in coming days kept investors focused on the implications for the Federal Reserve's stimulus programme.BHP Billiton climbed 2.4 percent after it posted a 23 percent rise in quarterly iron ore output and raised its production forecast for the 2014 financial year.The S&P/ASX 200 index added 21.3 points ...
Aussie shares hit 5-yr high, dollar near 8-mth low TOKYO: Australian shares climbed to a five-year peak on Monday, taking cues from the US S&P 500's record high as investors bet the Federal Reserve will extend its cheap money policies into next year.The change in expectations followed a 16-day shutdown of the US government that could cloud the economic outlook and make the Fed wary to scale back its $85 billion a month bond-buying programme this year as many had expected. This kept the ...
Australia shares slip on worries about looming US debt deadline SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.4 percent on Monday, hurt by nervousness as a deadline neared for Washington politicians to strike a deal and avert a possible US debt default.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 23 points to 5,207.9. The benchmark rallied 1.6 percent on Friday, posting its biggest gain in three months. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index slipped 0.1 percent or 6.6 points to finish the session at 4,734.2. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
Australia shares fall for third consecutive session on Fed uncertainty SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.4 percent on Tuesday dragged down by bluechip stocks in a broad-based selloff as Wall Street declined overnight and investors continued to fret about when the US Federal Reserve will start tapering its stimulus.The Big Four banks were trading lower, with top lender the Commonwealth Bank of Australia fell 0.6 percent while Australia and New Zealand Banking Group lost 0.8 percent. Westpac Banking Corp slipped 0.4 percent.Bellwether miners BHP Billiton Ltd ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 05, 2015
Reserves $18.349 bln