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Australian & NZ dollars clamber off lows on short squeeze SYDNEY: The Australian dollar clawed its way off eight-month lows on Thursday after an attempt on the downside fizzled out and squeezed bearish bets, giving a fillip to the New Zealand dollar.The Aussie dollar rallied to $0.8798, from $0.8728 in early trade, helped by surprisingly strong 3 percent increase in Australian building approvals.The Aussie had already started a modest recovery overnight after the market was caught short trying to trigger stops below $0.8660, a major support level and the 2014 trough.The Aussie also gained around 0.6 percent versus the euro, pound and yen, pulling away from recent lows."We are in the mood where the Aussie can at least stabilise around $0.8800/20, but it is more a correction after being heavily sold," said Sean Callow, a senior currency strategist at Westpac.The Aussie has dropped more than 6 percent in the past month amid a strengthening US currency and sliding global commodity ...

Dollar set to cap off September with solid gains, HK unrest eyed SYDNEY: The dollar hovered at a four-year peak against a basket of major currencies early on Tuesday, on track to post its biggest monthly gain in well over a year even as some analysts warned its three-month long rally was at risk of running out of puff. Trading in Asia is likely to be subdued with investors keeping a wary eye on the spreading pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and with a raft of holidays ...
NZ dollar slides, drags Australia dollar to 8-month lows SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The New Zealand dollar hit a fresh one-year trough on Monday after New Zealand Prime Minister John Key suggested he would like to see a weaker currency, taking an already wounded Australian dollar deeper into red.The kiwi took a further pummelling as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand confirmed it had sold the currency in August, sending it to a one-year low around $0.7708.The central bank sold a net NZ$521 million ($406.1 million) in ...
Euro wilts after Draghi says ready for further steps SYDNEY: The euro languished at 14-month lows in Asia on Thursday after reported remarks from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi rekindled expectations of more policy steps to support the euro zone. The euro was already under pressure after surrendering to stop-loss selling on Wednesday, as a major chart bulwark at $1.2800 gave way. The common currency fell as low as $1.2762, nearing the 2013 trough of $1.2740. A break there would take it back ...
NZ dollar hits 1-year lows, Aussie pinned near 7-month trough SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were deep under water on Wednesday as jitters over global growth and falling commodity prices conspired to send the Antipodeans to fresh lows. The New Zealand dollar was nursing losses after dairy giant Fonterra cut sharply its forecast payout to dairy farmers, the nation's top export earners. The kiwi skidded to $0.8065, having shed nearly one percent on Tuesday to its lowest in more than a year at ...
Australia & NZ dollars struggle near 7 month lows as China underwhelms WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars struggled near seven-month lows on Tuesday after tumbling commodity prices and concerns over China's economy encouraged investors to further unwind long positions. The Australian dollar slid below 89 US cents for the first time since early March, having shed nearly 5 percent so far this month.It was last at $0.8880, not far from $0.8851 touched overnight. Even a better-than-expected headline reading of China's manufacturing activity failed to cheer ...
Australian dollar hurt by commodities, NZ dollar finds post-election respite WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar plumbed a six-month trough on Monday, weighed by falling commodity and stock prices, while the New Zealand dollars bounced off recent lows following a post-election rally over the weekend.The Australian dollar matched Friday's low of $0.8920, the weakest since early March, to be last at $0.8930. It has lost nearly 5 cents in two weeks and a break of $0.8891 would target a retracement to this year's trough of $0.8660.The move ...


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Arrow DJIA 16,461.32 0.92
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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln