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Euro off to shaky start in subdued market, dollar holds strong SYDNEY: The euro probed fresh two-year lows early on Monday in a subdued start to a holiday-shortened week, extending a multi-month trend of weakness against the dollar that many traders say will remain intact in the new year. Speculation is high that the European Central Bank (ECB) will be forced to expand its asset-buying program to include sovereign debt in 2015, at a time when the Federal Reserve is preparing to do the opposite and lift interest rates.The common currency has fallen about 11 percent so far this year. It last traded at $1.2221, having touched $1.2220 early in the session, a low not seen since August 2012.The euro slipped to 146.17 yen, holding well off a six-year high of 149.79 set early in the month. ECB governing council member Luc Coene said in a newspaper interview on Saturday that the bank should start buying government bonds to tackle poor ...

Australia & NZ dollars find some calm after turbulent times SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars struggled for momentum on Monday, having steadied from recent volatility as investors found little incentive to trade in the final two weeks of the year. Many traders have already closed their books for 2014, and thin markets make for choppy conditions that are likely to keep all but the hardiest players on the sidelines. The Aussie was flat at $0.8143, not far from a 4-1/2-year trough of $0.8107 ...
Australian & NZ dollars feel the Fed pinch SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars nursed deep losses on Thursday after the Federal Reserve showed enough confidence in the US economy to stay on track to raise interest rates next year, giving the US dollar a fillip. The kiwi slipped to a one-week low of $0.7690 in volatile trade, brushing off domestic data showing stronger-than-expected quarterly economic growth. "The data doesn't change our forecast for the first Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) ...
Australia & NZ dollars pinned down by China, yen rally SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar fell to 4-1/2-year lows on Tuesday, while the New Zealand dollar struggled as growth concerns in China and plunging oil prices encouraged investors to buy the safe haven yen. The Australian dollar was at $0.8222, having touched $0.8200, its weakest since mid-2010 and an area packed with option barriers. A clear break would target the 2010 low of $0.8066. It got cold-shouldered after China's factory activity slowed more than expected last ...
Australia dollar battered by oil dip, hostage incident, NZ dollar softer SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar dropped to 4-1/2-year lows on Monday on falling commodity prices and concerns about global growth, while a hostage incident in Sydney further undermined sentiment. The Australian dollar slipped to $0.8214, from $0.8244 in early trade. It plumbed $0.8204, the lowest since mid-2010, as Brent crude futures fell to a new five-year low near $60 a barrel. Selling against the yen also pressured the Aussie which dropped to a six-week trough of ...
Australia dollar on defensive after RBA boss speaks, NZ dollar holds gains SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar struggled to stabilise on Friday after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) chief said the currency should be much lower, putting it on track for a fourth week of losses. In contrast, the New Zealand dollar was on track to show its first weekly gain in a month. The Australian dollar eased to $0.8250, not far from a fresh 4-1/2-year trough of $0.8214 set overnight. The Aussie has lost 3 percent ...
Australian dollar edges up after mixed jobs report SYDNEY: The Australian dollar nudged up on Thursday after a better-than-expected job report. The Aussie jumped to a week high of $0.8378, before paring back to $0.8367, still up 0.6 percent on the day. The Aussie has touched a four-year low of $0.8223 earlier in the week. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

 



 
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ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyOctober
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln