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Aussie & kiwi dollars hold ground on USD, nurse losses vs yen  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were holding ground on the US dollar on Tuesday, but nursed losses against the yen due to Japanese fund repatriation ahead of their half-year book-closing.   The Aussie edges up to $1.0438, from $1.0412 in early trade, having bounced from $1.0387 offshore. Key support at $1.0340, the 200-day MA and 61.8 pct of the $1.0165/$1.0625 move with resistance at $1.0564, last week's high.   The NZ dollar firm around $0.8237 after an overnight two-week low of $0.8184.   Near term support $0.8198, ahead of $0.8184. First topside hurdle $0.8250, then $0.8282.   Investors cautious after poor European data and weak earnings forecast from Caterpillar which added to global growth worries.   Antipodeans pressured by a broadly stronger yen as Japanese investors repatriate profits ahead of half-year book-closing this week.   Aussie at 81.15 yen, having lost more than a yen in two sessions. Support seen at 80.96, the 61.8 pct of the September climb, ahead ...

South Korea SEOUL: South Korea's Major Feedmill Group (MFG) has purchased 55,000 tonnes of soybean meal via a tender closed late on Wednesday, traders said on Thursday.   The group bought US origin soybean meal from Archer Daniels Midland for arrival by Jan. 5, 2013, at the ports of Kunsan and Pyongtaek, they said, while declining to give price information.   Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...
Bonds extend losses after ADP July job growth  NEW YORK: US Treasuries extended early losses on Wednesday after the ADP National Employment Report showed higher-than-forecast private sector job growth in July. The benchmark 10-year Treasury note, down 5/32 before the report, was down 7/32 afterwards, its yield rising to 1.49 percent from 1.47 percent late on Tuesday. The 30-year Treasury bond, down 13/32 in early dealings, was down 20/32 after the report, its yield rising to 2.57 percent from 2.55 percent late on Tuesday. The ADP ...
Australia govt debt agency sees global uncertainty underpinning bonds CANBERRA: Foreign ownership in Australian government debt is at record levels with sovereign wealth funds among keen buyers, the head of the government debt agency told Reuters, while global market conditions should add to investor interest in local debt. Australia is one of only 18 nations with a top-rated AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's, which on August 5 downgraded the US AAA credit rating, rattling global markets. To keep the Australian ...
Euro bond would get weakest member ALPBACH: A joint bond issued by euro zone countries would get the weakest member's rating if the issue was jointly guaranteed, the head of Standard & Poor's European sovereign ratings said on Saturday. S&P was not in talks with the European Union about the idea because that would present a potential conflict of interest, Moritz Kraemer, managing director, EMEA sovereign ratings, told a panel discussion at the Alpbach Forum economic. Kraemer said his understanding was that joint ...
Fitch Affirms Bank of New Zealand Covered Bonds at SYDNEY: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Bank of New Zealand's (BNZ; Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (LT IDR): 'AA'/Outlook Stable, Short-Term IDR: 'F1+') outstanding NZD3.4bn residential mortgage covered bonds at 'AAA'. The rating is based on BNZ's 'AA' LTIDR and a Discontinuity Factor (D-Factor) of 26.4pc, the combination of which enables the covered bonds to reach a 'AAA' rating for the programme on a probability of default basis. The rating also takes into account the programme's asset coverage ...
Australia bond risk index jumps on credit volatility      SYDNEY: Australia's bond risk index iTraxx opened 27 points higher at 157/158 points, according to data provider Markit, on fresh volatility in global credit markets. A rise in iTraxx, a credit default swaps index of Australia's top 25 debt issuers, means that cost of protecting against companies defaulting on their debt is more expensive. The biggest single movers were insurance company QBE Insurance Group , fund manager AMP , property developer GPT Group and wagering company ...


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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln