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Aussie & kiwi dollars hold firm vs yen, steady on USD  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars hovered near multi-week peaks against a defensive yen on Friday as markets grew more confident that the Bank of Japan will ease next week, making the yen more attractive as a funding currency for carry trades.   Both Antipodean currencies are little changed on the greenback, with the Aussie holding near a near three-week high of $1.0412 set on Thursday.   The kiwi stands at $0.8188 , off a 1-1/2 week high of $0.8231.   Near term support for the Aussie seen around $1.0315, a level that had previously provided a floor, while $1.0500 should cap the topside. A retreat towards $1.0300 may be needed to form a base for a run to $1.0500 and beyond, traders say.   For the kiwi, demand towards $0.8150 should provide support. Technical support also seen at around that level, its 55-day moving average, and $0.8135, the 50 percent retracement of its sharp rally in ...

Aussie & kiwi dollars stay buoyed, China data seen positive  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars hit multi-week highs against a broadly weaker yen on Thursday, underpinned by solid risk appetite as markets saw some encouraging signs in a batch of Chinese economic reports.   The data came a day after talk of a credit line for Spain and Moody's decision to maintain the country's investment grade rating helped fuel demand for riskier assets globally.   The Aussie rose 0.2 percent to a 2-1/2 week high of $1.0397 ...
Aussie dollar hits 2-week highs vs USD, kiwi also firmer  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar hit two-week highs against the greenback on Wednesday, while its New Zealand counterpart also gained ground thanks to buoyant risk appetite after Moody's maintained its investment grade rating on Spain.   Traders said there was some relief that Spain was not downgraded to junk status and optimism was growing that Madrid is moving closer to addressing its debt woes.   That saw the euro rise against the dollar, which in turn helped lift the Antipodean ...
NZD tempered by tame inflation, A$ unruffled by RBA  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar slipped on Tuesday and underperformed its Australian peer after a surprisingly low reading on inflation juiced rate cut speculation, though most analysts still see steady policy in New Zealand for a long time to come.   The kiwi plumbed a session low of $0.8138 after data showed annual inflation slowed to just 0.8 percent in the third quarter, less than forecasts for 1.1 percent and below the RBNZ's target band of 1 ...
Aussie & NZ dollars find support, China data looms  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars inched higher on Friday after Singapore's central bank surprised markets by sounding more upbeat on its economy than many had feared, enough to skip a chance to ease policy.   Singapore also managed to dodge a technical recession with upward revisions to growth, which combined to lift the Singapore dollar while knocking the US dollar down across the board.   That helped the Australian dollar Aussie nudge up to $1.0271, from an ...
Aussie gets lift from job data, kiwi softer  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar gained on the greenback on Thursday as a strong employment gain was matched by more people looking for work sending the jobless rate to a two-year high, keeping expectations for lower rates in Australia in play.   Australian employment easily beat expectations, rising 14,500 vs forecasts for 3,750 jobs. But jobless rate surprised by rising to 5.4 pct, highest since April 2010, from 5.1 pct in August and above forecasts of 5.3pc.   The Aussie ...
Aussie & NZ dollar bounce on euro, bonds in demand  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars bounced on the euro on Wednesday and held off lows against the US dollar, with a whopping sale of Australian long-dated bonds helping attract demand.   The Antipodeans regained some ground against a soggy euro with the Aussie rising to a one-week high of A$1.2563 , moving away from four-month lows hit last week.    The euro was undermined by large liquidations of long euro positions as uncertainties about Spain and Greece ...

 



 
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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 $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln