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Australia & NZ dollars stung by Fed comments SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were in retreat on Thursday after markets brought forward expectations of interest rate hike in the United States, sending bonds and stocks skidding. The Aussie slipped to $0.9007, having fallen 1 percent overnight after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank might end its bond-buying program this fall, and could start to raise interest rates around six months later. The US dollar jumped across the board with the Aussie dollar back to where it started the week. It had gained more than a full cent to $0.9138 on Wednesday and scaled a three-month peak of 70 on a trade-weighted basis. It was now targeting key chart support at $0.8990 with dealers citing stops below $0.8980. "A clear theme now is pressure on US rates which will keep the US dollar well bid," said a trader at a European bank in Singapore, ...

Australia & NZ dollars near multi-month highs vs USD as Fed review looms SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held near multi-month highs on Wednesday as risk appetite improved and the market wagered on a dovish outcome from the US Federal Reserve's two-day meeting. The Aussie scaled a three-month peak of $0.9138 to last trade at $0.9126. Key chart resistance was found at $0.9147, the 200-day moving average. It was recently buffeted by the crisis in Ukraine and slowing growth in China, Australia's key export market. Yet ...
Australia dollar jumps on upbeat data, NZ dollar leaps as RBNZ starts tightening WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar powered up on Thursday following a strong jobs report, while the New Zealand dollar climbed to an 11-month peak after the country's central bank raised interest rates and signaled more tightening ahead. The Aussie leapt more than half a cent to a peak of $0.9076, having recovered from Wednesday's one-week low of $0.8923. It made sharp advances against the yen, pound and euro, showing gains of around 0.7 percent in the ...
NZ dollar hits post-float high vs currency basket WELLINGTON: The New Zealand dollar hit a post-float high against a currency basket on Tuesday ahead of a widely expected rise in New Zealand interest rates on Thursday. On a trade-weighted basis, the kiwi rose as high as 79.51 according to Reuters data, its highest level since the currency was floated in 1985.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Australian and NZ dollars hindered by weak Chinese SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were off multimonth highs against their US counterpart and the yen on Monday after disappointing economic data in China fuelled worries about a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy. The Aussie slipped to $0.9035, having touched a three-month high of $0.9135 on Friday. Figures released over the weekend showed a surprisingly sharp drop in exports that tipped China's trade balance into a deficit, while inflation cooled to its ...
Australian dollar energised by glowing trade and retail sales data SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar leapt half a cent on Thursday after upbeat retail sales and trade data supported a steady interest rate outlook.The Aussie jumped to $0.9030, from $0.8983 in early trade, after stops above $0.9000 were tripped and squeezed short positions.Resistance was found around $0.9040, ahead of key chart barriers at the February peak of $0.9081.Australian retail sales surged by the most in almost a year in January, while the country's A$1.4 billion trade ...
Australian dollar gains as economy shows solid momentum in Q4 SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar edged up on Wednesday after data showed the resource-rich economy grew at a solid clip in the last quarter, supporting views of a steady interest rate outlook. The Aussie rose as far as $0.8998, from $0.8943 in early trade and a one-month low of $0.8891 touched on Monday. It had been aided overnight after Russian President Vladimir Putin played down the prospect of a war in Ukraine. It later pared gains ...

 



 
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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