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Australian & NZ dollars scale new heights against yen SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars surged on the yen on Wednesday as investors went hunting for yields, helping them in turn recoup a little ground on their US counterpart. The Australian dollar edged up to $0.8687, having rallied 0.7 percent in the last session and pulling away from a four-year trough of $0.8540 hit last week. The biggest move was against the yen, with the Aussie back above 100 yen for the first time since May last year. It was last at 100.50, having gained 9 yen since mid-October thanks to the Bank of Japan's ultra-loose policy. The kiwi gained more than 1.5 percent to a high of 90.50 yen , a level last seen in October 2007. The latest blow for the yen came on growing expectations Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will postpone a planned sales tax hike to avoid damaging a fragile recovery and call a ...

Aussie & Kiwi steady but off highs as US dollar regains footing WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were sitting lower in subdued trading on Tuesday as the US dollar regained some of the ground lost after last week's softer than expected jobs numbers.The Australian dollar was at $0.8635, having been knocked from its overnight high of $0.8683 as investors saw the non-farm payrolls data as pointing to a bright US economic outlook and took the opportunity to rebuild long positions. "The market has been taking ...
Dollar keeps marching higher, Euro cowers as ECB looms SYDNEY/TOKYO: The dollar kept marching higher on Thursday in anticipation of a strong US payrolls report, while the euro dangled just above a two-year trough with investors waiting to see how European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi deals with dissent. The euro last traded at $1.2484, having fallen nearly a full US cent from Tuesday's high of $1.2577. It was flirting once again with a two-year low of $1.2439 set early in the week. Disappointing ...
Australia & NZ shares slip as commodity prices fall, China data awaited SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian and New Zealand shares slipped on Wednesday with weaker iron ore, copper and oil prices dragging down Australia's heavyweight resources sector amid concerns about global demand.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 29.9 points to 5,490 by 01:20 GMT, pulling away from a two-month peak set on Monday. Energy and basic materials suffered the most with 1 percent losses, while miners added to the pain. Spot iron ore prices dropped to their weakest level since ...
NZ dollar bounces on upbeat jobs news, A$ gains on yen SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The New Zealand dollar rallied for a second session on Wednesday as domestic jobs data showed an upbeat mix of falling unemployment and benign wage growth, while its Australian counterpart was underpinned by demand versus the yen. The kiwi jumped nearly a full US cent to a high of $0.7842 after New Zealand's jobless rate dropped to a 5-1/2-year low as employment growth proved rapid enough to outpace the strongest population rise in a ...
Dollar underpinned by GDP, BOJ next in focus SYDNEY: The dollar held at four-week highs against a basket of major currencies early on Friday, getting another boost from encouraging growth data a day after the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment on the economy.The dollar index climbed as far as 86.491 - a high last seen on Oct. 6 - after US gross domestic product grew at an annual pace of 3.5 percent in the third quarter, beating forecasts for 3.0 percent. The ...
New Zealand dollar falls sharply after RBNZ statement SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar fell sharply on Thursday after the country's central bank was seen as sounding a bit more dovish following a widely expected decision to leave interest rates unchanged.The kiwi, already under pressure against a firmer US dollar, dropped to a session low around $0.7766 from $0.7820. It last traded at $0.7782.Catching the market's attention was the fact that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) did not repeat the phrase that ...

 



 
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ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyOctober
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln