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Australian dollar edges up ahead of data; kiwi lags SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar rose on Tuesday ahead of local inflation data that could prompt markets into bringing forward expectations for when interest rates might rise.The Aussie was 0.3 percent higher on the day at $0.9356 , having drifted up from a two-week trough of $0.9315 as the local market returned from a four-day long Easter weekend.Australia's annual inflation, due out on Wednesday, is expected to come in at 3.2 percent, the fastest pace in over two years and above the Reserve Bank of Australia's 2-3 percent target band. "A higher-than-expected number pushes inflation into an uncomfortably high place and should generate odds of a hike in the second half of this year, more so in Q4," said Greg Gibbs, strategist at RBS in Singapore. Bank bill futures currently imply only a one-in-four chance of a hike by December. The Aussie was also firmer versus the yen and euro. Against ...

Yen grinds lower as global stocks rally, dollar holds steady SYDNEY: The yen wallowed at one-week lows against the dollar early on Thursday, having eased broadly overnight as a rally in global stocks dented demand for the safe-haven currency. The dollar bought 102.22 yen after rising 0.3 percent on Wednesday, while the euro reached a two-week high of 141.77 yen before edging back to 141.22 yen. The yen started its decline in Asia on Wednesday as the Nikkei surged after comments from Japanese Finance Minister ...
Australian and NZ dollars subdued as holiday lull sets in SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held their ground against the greenback on Thursday but were trapped in a slim trading range ahead of a four-day long Easter weekend and key event risks next week. Australian consumer inflation data on Wednesday and an interest rate decision by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) on Thursday could well shape the short-term outlook for both currencies. The Aussie last stood at $0.9377, having drifted between ...
Australia & NZ dollars steadier, up against euro SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars climbed against a broadly softer euro on Monday and were generally better-bid as Asian equities appeared to be stabilising after a punishing selloff. The euro dipped to A$1.4738 and NZ$1.5959, having retreated from Friday's session high of A$1.4835 and NZ$1.6106. Investors took aim at the euro after European Central Bank officials stepped up their verbal campaign against the currency, saying further policy easing would be needed if the ...
Australia, NZ dollars surge on upbeat local data and rate outlook SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar climbed to a 4-1/2-month peak on Thursday as startlingly strong jobs data added to the case for a steady interest rate outlook, while the New Zealand dollar climbed to a 2-1/2-year high following another upbeat economic report. The Aussie leapt more than half a cent to $0.9440, its highest since late November, before easing back to $0.9410. It was still sharply higher for the week to show a gain of 1.3 ...
NZ dollar extends gains, hits 2 1/2-year high vs US dollar WELLINGTON: The New Zealand dollar hit a 2 1/2-year high against the US dollar on Thursday as investors speculated its rate advantage against the greenback would increase after Federal Reserve minutes suggested US rates would stay low for months to come. The kiwi climbed to $0.8735, its highest level since August 2011. It rose to 80.99 against a currency basket , according to Reuters data, just shy of a post-float high around 81.03 hit in ...
Australian dollar takes a breather, NZD up for 3rd session SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar conserved its energy on Tuesday after repeatedly failing to break resistance above 93 cents, while the New Zealand dollar's relatively high interest rates helped it climb for a third straight session. The Aussie was firm at $0.9282, within sight of a 4-1/2-month peak of $0.9310 touched last week.The 93 cent barrier has proved a major obstacle to bulls, who have failed four times to sustain a break. Still, the Aussie managed ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyFebruary
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln