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NZ dollar hit by dovish-sounding RBNZ, Aussie also pressured WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar suffered a double whammy on Thursday, as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand softened its stance on future interest rate increases while expectations that US interest rates may rise next year bolstered the greenback.The kiwi fell around half a US cent to a session low of $0.7769 on the RBNZ's rate outlook, which piled on more pressure after the Fed statement had already knocked the currency off a session high of $0.7977.The kiwi pushed lower after the RBNZ held its official cash rate at 3.5 percent, as widely expected, and removed references to further monetary tightening seen in previous statements, which raised speculation that any future rate rises might not come until later next year or in 2016."The RBNZ's move to a bit more of a neutral bias on the rates side of things reduces the yield advantage of the New Zealand dollar," ANZ currency ...

Dollar stands tall on Fed's show of economic confidence TOKYO: The dollar stayed on the front foot on Thursday, hovering near 3-1/2 week highs against a basket of currencies after the Federal Reserve surprised markets with a more hawkish policy tone and signaled its confidence in the U.S. economic recovery.The Fed released a statement that underscored the improving U.S. labour market, dismissing recent financial market volatility, European growth challenges and largely weak inflation outlook.While the central bank said interest rates would remain low for ...

Australia shares rise, NZ stocks hit record high on upbeat outlook SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian and New Zealand shares rose around 0.3 percent on Thursday, underpinned by financials and consumer stocks, as investors shrugged off the U.S. Federal Reserve's widely expected ending of its stimulus programme.The S&P/ASX 200 index was up 19.82 points or 0.3 percent by 02:13 GMT, having touched a seven-week high of 5,481.6 points Wednesday.The Fed said after a two-day policy meeting it will end its quantitative easing programme of bond purchases and also expressed ...

India rupee falls to 2-week low on Fed's US econ outlook MUMBAI: The Indian rupee fell to a two-week low against the dollar on Thursday as the greenback posted gains after the U.S. Federal Reserve statement at the conclusion of its meeting was seen as showcasing more confidence about the U.S. economy prospects.The local currency was trading at 61.43/44 to the dollar after falling as low as 61.55, a level last seen on Oct. 17. The rupee had closed at 61.35/36 on Wednesday.The rupee is likely ...

China's yuan eases as dollar gains globally on Fed's hawkish tone  SHANGHAI: China's yuan fell against the dollar on Thursday after rising in the previous four trading sessions, tracking a weaker midpoint fixing by the central bank as the greenback strengthened in international markets.The People's Bank of China (PBOC) fixed the midpoint rate at 6.1457 per dollar, down 0.08 percent from the previous fix, as the dollar index surged after the Wednesday's Federal Reserve meeting.The dollar stayed on the front foot on Thursday, hovering near 3-1/2 ...

Won leads Asia FX losses as Fed seen hawkish SINGAPORE: Most emerging Asian currencies slid on Thursday as the Federal Reserve struck a more hawkish tone than expected at its policy meeting this week, signalling confidence in the US economy after ending its bond-buying programme.South Korea's won led losses among emerging Asian currencies on selling from offshore funds. The Indonesian rupiah fell with importers buying dollars for payments.The Malaysian ringgit hit a seven-month low as government bond prices slid.The greenback rose to the highest ...

Dollar up in Asia on Fed's bullish tone TOKYO: The dollar rose in Asia on Thursday as a slightly bullish turn by the US Federal Reserve fuelled hopes for an early rise in US interest rates.The greenback hit a three-week high of 109.04 yen in afternoon trade, up from 108.90 yen in New York and 108.12 yen in Tokyo earlier Wednesday.The euro bought $1.2624, compared with $1.2634 in US trade and well down from Wednesday's $1.2737 in Asia. The single currency was at ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
Imports $45.11 bln
WeeklyOctober 27, 2014
Reserves $13.464 bln