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Australian & NZ dollars slip, jobs data eyed SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars drifted lower on Wednesday, trimming overnight gains in an absence of major economic data and as investors were reluctant to take aggressive positions a day ahead of key Australian employment figures. Both Antipodean currencies had squeezed higher overnight in a wave of short covering as a further drop in US Treasury yields weighed on the greenback. The Australian dollar last traded at $0.8793, down 0.3 percent on the day.It had risen as high as $0.8835 overnight as it corrected from last week's slide to a four-year low of $0.8642. Demand for the US dollar in the wake of strong US jobs data last Friday has quickly reversed as US yields stayed stubbornly low amid worries about global growth. Those concerns were reinforced on Tuesday by a plunge in German industrial output and when the IMF cut its global growth forecasts again. "While traders ...

Yen rallies broadly as global growth woes sap risk appetite SYDNEY/TOKYO: The safe-haven yen stood tall on Wednesday, having risen broadly as risk appetite waned in the wake of a plunge in German industrial output and after the IMF cut its global economic growth forecasts for a third time this year. The dollar traded at 108.335 yen after sliding to a three-week low of 107.82 yen, further recoiling from a six-year high of 110.09 set a week ago.The euro dipped to its lowest in a ...
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 ...
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 ...

 



 
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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