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Aussie and kiwi dollars on the defensive, awaiting major data WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar struggled to find a foothold on Monday, having posted its biggest weekly fall in over a month with nerves still raw days after the central bank governor described the currency as "overvalued by any metric". The Aussie was last down 0.1 percent at $0.9354 after falling as far as $0.9342. It fell 0.7 percent last week and has shed more than 1.5 percent since hitting an eight-month high of $0.9505 a week ago. "Our technical strategists note that the break below nearby support in the 0.9350 area signals a further short-term squeeze to the downside," analysts at Barclays wrote in a note to clients. "In their view, the risk is for a move lower towards a confluence of support in the 0.9200 area. We look for buying interest near there to keep the range of the past three months intact and the overall focus higher, toward ...

NZ dollar hits three-year high, Aussie buoyant WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar rose to a three-year high on Friday, benefiting from a broad chase for higher yields, while its Australian peer was a bit more circumspect ahead of its 2014 peak. Robust demand for better returns in a low global interest rate environment was evident in the debt market with Australian bonds resuming their rally.That drove the 10-year yield to a fresh one-year low at 3.549 percent. The kiwi traded at $0.8773 ...
Australia & NZ dollars off multi-month highs SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were off multi-month highs on Tuesday with investors cautious ahead of the US Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting where it is expected to start slowing its massive stimulus program.The Aussie edged lower to $0.9300, from $0.9317 in early trade, pulling away from a three-month peak near $0.9400 set on Monday.It showed a muted reaction to minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia's September policy meeting which kept the ...
Euro tripped by ECB, Aussie eyes rate decision SYDNEY: The euro struggled to gain any momentum in early Asian trade on Tuesday, while the Australian dollar nursed losses as bears bet on the prospect of a cut in interest rates later in the session.The common currency was at $1.3073, having pulled back from Monday's high of $1.3141. It fell as far as $1.3053 after the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) reiterated the central bank's readiness to cut interest rates again if ...
Australian shares rise on Wall St records, financials lead SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.7 percent on Thursday, underpinned by the financial sector as record overnight highs for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 boosted risk appetites.Among banks, Westpac Banking Corp rallied 1.7 percent while biggest lender the Commonwealth Bank of Australia climbed 1.1 percent.The S&P/ASX 200 index added 31.4 points to 4,999.4 by 0201 GMT, after reaching an intraday high of 5,013.2. The index fell 0.2 percent on Wednesday.Miguel Audencial, sales ...
Yen holds gains as euro suffers on Italy uncertainty   SYDNEY: The yen held near one-month highs on Wednesday, remaining susceptible to bursts of short-covering as political uncertainty in Italy kept the euro under the gun.   Comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that eased market concerns of an early end to the Fed's bond buying programme, also somewhat cooled demand for the greenback.   The dollar was at 91.99 yen, up from a one-month low of 90.85 touched on Monday. The euro stood at 120.18, having skidded ...
NZ WELLINGTON: The local government authority for New Zealand city's biggest city Auckland said on Thursday it was putting a planned issue on hold as it looked at the implications of a court case.   Earlier this week, the Auckland Council had announced plans for the issue of up to NZ$175 million of six year, fixed rate secured bonds for infrastructure and other spending.   However, it said a court decision involving possible council liability for poorly constructed buildings raised ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyMarch
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln