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Dollar underpinned by GDP, BOJ next in focus SYDNEY: The dollar held at four-week highs against a basket of major currencies early on Friday, getting another boost from encouraging growth data a day after the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment on the economy.The dollar index climbed as far as 86.491 - a high last seen on Oct. 6 - after US gross domestic product grew at an annual pace of 3.5 percent in the third quarter, beating forecasts for 3.0 percent. The index has since eased back to 86.174, but was still up 0.5 percent so far this week.Against the yen, the greenback bought 109.32, near a four-week high of 109.47 reached overnight. The euro fell as low as $1.2545, but managed to recover to $1.2606.The GDP report should go some way in justifying the Fed's optimistic stance on the economy when it announced the end of its monthly bond buying stimulus program on Wednesday.Yet, some analysts ...

New Zealand dollar falls sharply after RBNZ statement SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar fell sharply on Thursday after the country's central bank was seen as sounding a bit more dovish following a widely expected decision to leave interest rates unchanged.The kiwi, already under pressure against a firmer US dollar, dropped to a session low around $0.7766 from $0.7820. It last traded at $0.7782.Catching the market's attention was the fact that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) did not repeat the phrase that ...
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 ...
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 ...
US dollar wary ahead of Fed, Swedish crown bruised after rate cut SYDNEY: The US dollar was subdued early on Wednesday as investors waited for the latest guidance from the Federal Reserve, while a surprisingly dovish message from Sweden's central bank saw the crown slump to four-year lows.The Riksbank cut interest rates more than expected to zero and said it would delay tightening policy until the middle of 2016 as it moved decisively to tackle the risk of deflation.Both the euro and dollar jumped to four-year highs ...
Australian & NZ dollars swept higher by carry trade demand SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars rose on Wednesday as calmer global markets and a rally in equities sparked demand for carry trades.The Australian dollar edged up to $0.8865, having risen to a three-week peak of $0.8882 on Tuesday. It has gained nearly 1 percent in three sessions.The Aussie was squeezed higher after some bears gave up on short positions following a global improvement in risk sentiment.The Aussie was pulling close to the top ...
Australia & NZ dollars hold firm, cautious ahead of c.bank meetings SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held firm on Tuesday with investors cautious of taking large bets ahead of central bank policy meetings later this week.The Australian dollar paused at $0.8803, but remained well within the $0.8640-$0.8900 range seen this month, following a steep 6.3 percent fall in September.The Aussie managed to end the New York session above 88 cents for the first time in two weeks, supported by a stabilisation in market volatility ...

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,195.42 1.30
Arrow Nasdaq 4,566.14 0.37
Arrow S&P 1,994.65 0.62
Arrow FTSE 6,463.55 0.15
Arrow DAX 9,114.84 0.35
Arrow CAC-40 4,141.24 0.74
Arrow Nikkei 15,658.00 1.67
Arrow H.Seng 23,702.04 1.49
Arrow Sensex 27,346.33 0.92





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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJuly-June
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
Imports $45.11 bln
WeeklyOctober 27, 2014
Reserves $13.464 bln