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NZ dollar skids to five-month low, Aussie outperforms WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar tumbled to a five-month low on Wednesday as a key support level gave way in the face of a broadly stronger greenback, further softness in dairy prices and investor preference for the neighbouring Aussie dollar.The kiwi fell as far as $0.8373, after support at $0.8400 finally gave way and triggered a flurry of stop-loss selling. It last traded at $0.8381. Strong appetite to buy the Aussie against the kiwi saw the cross rate climb 0.4 percent to a near nine-month high of NZ$1.1090. Being long on the kiwi against the Aussie had been a very popular trade in recent months. The kiwi suffered similar sizeable falls against the yen, euro and sterling, sending the trade-weighted NZ dollar index down to a two-and-a-half month low.The US dollar scaled an 11-month peak against a basket of major currencies after upbeat US housing data added to hopes of ...

Aussie dollar bears in hibernation until Fed calls SYDNEY: It is not often the biggest bear on a currency is its own central bank, yet the Reserve Bank of Australia has been warning for months that the Aussie dollar will slide to match the falling prices of the country's key commodity exports. The RBA's concerted efforts to talk the dollar down, most recently today (Wednesday), have had little impact with the Aussie embedded in a 92-95 US cent range since climbing from its ...
Kiwi dips, jury out on US dollar rally WARSAW: The New Zealand dollar slid almost half a percent on Tuesday after the government trimmed its forecast for growth and future budget surpluses, while progress for its U.S. counterpart halted near the top of a recent range.European trade in the major currencies looked set to be dominated by British inflation numbers due early in the session as well as the debate over whether the dollar can move higher after the stalling of a month-long ...
Australia & NZ dollars curbed by stiff resistance, Ukraine woes WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars drifted sideways on Monday, with broader progress capped by chart resistance and uncertainty over Ukraine. The Australian dollar was holding at $0.9310, having kept to a tight range for the last three sessions. Trading is particularly thin due to the summer holidays in the northern hemisphere. The currency has repeatedly failed to sustain a break above $0.9320-30 resistance in recent days, leaving bulls cautious. It has slowly recovered ...
Australian & NZ dollars jump on sterling, bonds underpinned WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held on to hefty gains against sterling on Thursday after enjoying their biggest one-day rally in six months after the Bank of England surprised markets by signalling it was in no rush to hike rates.The British central bank caused a ruckus by slashing its forecast for wage growth and saying higher rates hinged largely on an improved outlook for pay.Sterling was at A$1.7941, having slumped more than 1 ...
Australian & NZ dollars uninspired, investor mood cautious WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were looking for inspiration on Tuesday, hovering near recent lows as investors were hesitant to large positions with geopolitical tensions still simmering in the background. The Australian dollar marked time at $0.9262, not far from a two-month low of $0.9239 touched Friday. It was a touch firmer after a stronger-than-expected bounce in the Australian property price index and a survey showing a sharp improvement in business conditions. Still, ...
Dollar stalls as geopolitical storm quietens SYDNEY: The US dollar started trade in Asia on Tuesday in familiar territory, holding flat after a listless session overnight void of any meaningful economic data or market-moving events.The dollar index was flat at 81.455 after drifting in a 82 tick-range on Monday, a far cry from Friday's 336 tick-range. Traders said the index was looking toppish given last month's rally that swept it to a succession of 2014 peaks and the market will need ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 02, 2014
Reserves $13.581 bln