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Australian and NZ dollars fly after Fed stands pat WELLINGTON: The New Zealand dollar hit a lifetime high against a basket of currencies on Thursday, and along with the neighbouring Australian dollar notched hefty gains against the US dollar after the Federal Reserve hit a dovish tone and cut its growth forecast. The US central bank affirmed its "lower for longer" policy direction, reduced its asset purchases, but confounded expectations it would upgrade its economic view by cutting growth forecasts to between 2.1 percent and 2.3 percent for 2014 from an earlier forecast of around 2.9 percent. The Antipodean currencies were buffeted in the wake of the Fed statement, but eventually bounded about 0.7 percent higher. The Aussie greenback sat around $0.9400 after it hit $0.9410, in sight of the mid-April 18 month high.The New Zealand dollar flew to a five week high of $0.8735. "The major implication of today's steady-as-she-goes FOMC meeting is that the theme of subdued ...

Australia shares rise 1.6pc, biggest one-day gain since Dec on Fed cheer SYDNEY: Australian shares jumped 1.6 percent on Thursday, its biggest one-day percentage gain since December 19 as investors piled into stocks after the US Federal Reserve said the economic recovery was on track. The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 85.5 points to 5,468.2 at the close of trade. The benchmark slipped 0.3 percent to hover at 4-week lows on Wednesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.1 percent or 7.7 points to finish the session ...
Australia shares slip to lowest close since March 28 SYDNEY: Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent to hover at 4-week lows on Wednesday as investors remained cautious over turmoil in Iraq and ahead of a statement from the US Federal Reserve at the end of its two-day policy meeting. The S&P/ASX 200 index dropped 18 points to 5,382.7 at the close of trade, its lowest close since March 28. The benchmark fell 0.2 percent on Tuesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index slipped 0.2 percent, ...
Australia shares close at lowest since mid-April, banks weigh SYDNEY: Australian shares dipped 0.2 percent on Tuesday and hovered near 4-week lows on worries about sliding iron ore prices, talk of US air strikes in Iraq and an escalating dispute over Russia's gas supplies to Ukraine. The S&P/ASX 200 index to lost 11.6 points to 5,400.7, its lowest close since April 16.The benchmark rose 0.1 percent on Monday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.3 percent or 14.7 points to finish the session ...
Australia shares edge down to near 4 week lows; banks, energy down SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares declined slightly on Tuesday and hovered near 4-week lows on worries about sliding iron ore prices, the threat of US air strikes in Iraq and an escalating dispute over Russian gas supplies to Ukraine. US and Iranian officials conferred about the Iraqi crisis on the sidelines of a meeting in Vienna, sources said. Meanwhile, Washington said it could launch air strikes if needed to quell the Sunni Islamist rebellion that has roiled ...
Australia shares reverse early losses to nudge higher, miners buoy SYDNEY: Australian shares added 0.1 percent on Monday, nudging away from 3-1/2 week lows as the mining sector reversed earlier losses to edge higher, although investors were still cautious as the unrest in Iraq continued. The S&P/ASX 200 index added 7.3 percent to 5,412.3 at the close of trade. The benchmark fell 0.4 percent on Friday, and was down 1.1 percent last week, its third consecutive week of losses. Elsewhere, Australia's unemployment rate is likely ...
Australia shares hover at 3-1/2-week lows, banks weak SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares slipped 0.2 percent on Monday, hovering around 3-1/2-week lows, as banking stocks pulled the index lower and iron ore fell to a fresh 21-month low. Investors also exercised caution as the unrest in Iraq continued. The United States ordered military personnel to boost security for its diplomatic staff in Baghdad on Sunday and said some staff were being evacuated from the embassy as the Iraqi government battled to hold off insurgent forces. ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln