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Aussie & NZ dollars under pressure, BoJ awaited  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars took another step down from multi-month highs against the US dollar on Wednesday, while investors waited to see if the Bank of Japan (BoJ) will be the next major central bank to ease policy.   Speculation grows the BoJ might act after the Federal Reserve last week delivered a fresh round of monetary stimulus. Decision expected around 0300-0500 GMT.   Aussie & kiwi fall prey to position adjustment following recent hefty gains, with the Aussie slipping to $1.0419, from $1.0441 in early trade. Investors looking for excuses to sell as worries about China's economic health persist.   Kiwi dips to $0.8258 from $0.8267 early, keeping its distance from $0.8354, its highest since early March.   Aussie set to consolidate after last week's rally when it climbed four cents in seven sessions. Solid support at $1.0380-$1.0410, the 55-day MA and 50 pct retracement of the September climb. Resistance found at $1.0500, ahead ...

Aussie & kiwi dollars off highs; RBA ready to ease if needed  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were off six month highs on Tuesday, on a wave of profit-taking following sharp gains, while the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) left the door ajar for a rate cut if the economy took a turn for the worse.   The Aussie firm at $1.0482, from $1.0471 in early trade but well off Friday's $1.0625, its strongest since early March.   Minutes of the RBA's September policy meeting showed concerns about falling ...
Aussie & kiwi dlrs pause near 6-month highs, RBA minutes eyed  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held not far from six-month highs against the US dollar on Monday, still benefiting from improved global sentiment in the wake of the US Federal Reserve's aggressive stimulus plan launched last week.   The Aussie consolidated recent hefty gains at $1.0539, from $1.0545 in early trade. It exploded to $1.0625 on Friday, its highest in almost six months before it ran into heavy resistance.   The local currency has climbed an impressive ...
NZ & Aussie dollars scale new heights as Fed goes all out  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The New Zealand dollar leapt to a 6-1/2-month high and the Aussie to a one-month peak as an aggressive new stimulus programme from the Federal Reserve sent the US dollar reeling.   The NZ dollar surges to $0.8344, its highest since early March, having gained 5 pct from a trough of $0.7915 hit last week. It has made a clean break above its 55-weekly moving average, offering a bullish signal for now.   Kiwi on track to gain ...
Aussie & kiwi dollars hold hefty gains, eye Fed QE  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollar held near multi-week highs on Thursday, ahead of a US Federal Reserve's policy announcement which may propel the commodity currencies to new peaks.   * New Zealand dollar edges up to $0.8210, staying in reach of a five-month high of $0.8237 hit in offshore trade. Versus a currency basket, the kiwi pokes up to a three-week high.   * Kiwi offers little reaction to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's widely expected ...
A$ & NZ$ resilience to be tested by events  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar eased a fraction on Tuesday as the market held its breath ahead of a ruling on the euro zone's bailout fund and a US Federal Reserve policy decision that could set the path for global markets for weeks to come. The Aussie marked time at $1.0328, from $1.0332 in New York and $1.0401 on Friday, its highest since Aug. 27.  Traders said weak Asian bourses and light profit-taking modestly weighed on the local ...
A$ & NZ$ pin hopes on global easing  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held most of the hefty gains made in the past two sessions on Monday, as soft data in China and the United States fuelled hopes of more stimulus.  Profit-taking shaved the Aussie to $1.0355, from $1.0378 in early trade. But it is still up nearly two cents since it hit a two-month trough of $1.0165 last week, having risen as high as $1.0401 on Friday. The currency was weighed somewhat ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 15, 2014
Reserves $13.414 bln