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Australian dollar steady but remain vulnerable, New Zealand dollar pauses SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were on a steadier footing on Monday, but the antipodean currencies remained vulnerable to domestic factors including from monetary policy and a raft of economic data.The Australian dollar rose to $0.7834, from Friday's low of $0.7789, inching closer to key chart resistance around $0.7840 and $0.7875.The Aussie hovered near a one-month high against the yen at 93.25, having gained 0.7 percent on Friday.The Aussie, however, remains vulnerable to falling interest rates at home and a large build up in bearish positions.Data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed net short positions in the Aussie edging up to 53,831 the week of February 17 as investor’s price in a follow-up rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).Markets give an around 50-50 chance of an easing to 2.00 percent in March, and are fully priced for a move by May."I think we'll have ...


Swiss franc drops towards 5-week lows on Greek debt deal LONDON: The Swiss franc fell towards five-week lows on Monday, as some of the Greek-related safety flows waned after a conditional loan extension for Greece was reached late last week.Despite a last-minute deal over Greece's bailout achieved late on Friday, uncertainty remained high, leaving the euro under pressure against the dollar, the pound and even the yen.The losses in the safe-haven Swiss franc, though, were relatively big. The dollar was up 0.9 percent against the ...

Sri Lankan spot rupee steady, central bank defends via moral suasion COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan spot rupee traded steady in dull trade on Monday as the central bank defended it via moral suasion, while currency forwards traded weaker after the monetary authority lifted a two-cents-per-day limit, dealers said.The spot currency was traded steady at 132.90/133.10 per dollar at 0720 GMT. Four-day forward, or spot-next-next, was traded at 133.45 per dollar, compared with Friday's close of 133.00/10. "The spot rupee is flat as nobody is quoting anything ...

Euro steady after Greece bailout deal TOKYO: The euro held steady Monday after it rallied on news of a last-minute deal to extend Greece's bailout, giving Athens a crucial lifeline to pay its bills and avoid a damaging default.The common European currency was slightly lower at $1.1380 and 135.37 yen, from $1.1381 and 135.51 yen on Friday in New York where it got a boost from the conditional debt deal.The dollar barely weakened to 118.95 yen from 119.03 yen in US ...

Euro steady after Greece bailout deal TOKYO: The euro held steady Monday after it rallied on news of a last-minute deal to extend Greece's bailout, giving Athens a critical lifeline to pay its bills and avoid a damaging default.The common European currency was slightly higher at $1.1387 and 135.55 yen, from $1.1381 and 135.51 yen on Friday in New York where it got a boost from the conditional debt deal.The dollar barely budged at 119.04 yen against 119.03 yen in US ...

Egyptian pound steady in official auction, weaker on black market CAIRO: Egypt's central bank kept the pound steady at 7.53 to the dollar at a foreign exchange auction on Sunday while a trader said the currency weakened on the black market. The central bank has now kept the official exchange rate steady for nearly three weeks after letting the pound weaken in an effort to wipe out black market trading. It typically holds auctions every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Analysts say the central bank ...

South Africa's rand steady, market looks to budget for steer JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand was slightly firmer against the dollar on Friday, with traders and analysts expecting it to track global markets ahead of next week's domestic fourth quarter GDP data and budget review.At 1542 GMT, the rand traded at 11.6535 versus the greenback, edging up 0.17 percent from Thursday's New York close at 11.6735. It also had the upper hand over the euro at 13.2098, after ending the previous session at 13.2681.The rand was ...


 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyDecember
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WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
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