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A$ skids to 6-week lows on soft data, China worries  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollars fell to six-week lows on Monday after a weak reading of retail sales added to worries about a slowing Chinese economy and raised the risk of more rate cuts. Aussie slips 0.7 pct on the day to $1.0250, from $1.0290 in early local trade, having dipped as low as $1.0239, its weakest since late July after a raft of disappointing data at home. Interbank futures edged up as the market priced in a modestly greater chance of a cut in interest rates by year-end. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) holds its September policy meeting on Tuesday and is still expected to keep rates steady at 3.5 pct for a third straight month. Weak data gives a fillip to Australian debt futures which jump to five-week highs. The three-year bond contract rises 0.08 points to 97.630, while 10-year contract adds 0.055 points to 97.05. Australian retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.8 ...

SYDNEY: The euro and commodity currencies started the new week on the defensive, with the Australian dollar slipping to a fresh five-week low as the market reacted in dismay to more signs of weakness in the Chinese economy.   But hopes the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank would soon add more stimulus to revive their respective economies helped limit losses in high-beta currencies like the Aussie dollar.   The Aussie slid to an early low of ...
A$ & NZ$ continue slow descent on euro  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars hovered near two-month lows against the euro, which stayed firm on Wednesday as investors clung to hopes that policymakers will finally take concrete steps to tackle Europe's debt crisis. The euro rises as high as NZ$1.5628, highest since July 5, having jumped 1 pct overnight. Likewise, it reaches A$1.2123 against the Aussie, with charts pointing to A$1.2140 as the next big target. The euro benefits from a wave of short ...
A$ & NZ$ in retreat, AUD bonds at 3-week highs  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars ground to multi-week lows on Tuesday, weighed by persistent global growth concerns with investors waiting for concrete action from policymakers in the United States and Europe.  The Aussie dollar plumbed one-month lows against both the US dollar and yen, undermined by Japanese sales. It dipped to $1.0345, its weakest since late July, to last fetch $1.0360.  "The AUD has been trading heavily with an overhang of long speculative positioning," said ...
A$ & NZ$ dollars struggle, bonds rise  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars traded with a heavy tone on Monday and looked vulnerable amid persistent concerns about the health of China's economy. The market, though, was generally subdued as investors waited for concrete monetary policy action in Europe and the United States. The Aussie dollar skidded to one-month lows at$1.0372, having broken through major support around $1.0420 following a sell order from a UK account, according to a trader. It last fetched $1.0385, with ...
A$ trims gains after weak China PMI data  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar trimmed gains against the US dollar on Thursday after weak Chinese data added to concerns about demand for Australia's commodity exports. The HSBC Flash China manufacturing PMI fell to 47.8 in August, its lowest since November, from 49.5 in July. The weak reading adds to fears of a marked slowdown in China following a run of disappointing economic data. The Australian dollar is very sensitive to news out of China, its biggest export ...
Aussie & kiwi hold gains on USD, await China data  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held gains on the US dollar on Thursday after US Federal Reserve minutes indicated a willingness to implement more monetary stimulus. * But Aussie, kiwi subdued versus the euro, as a climb in the single currency to a seven-week high versus the broadly weak dollar prompts investors to cut bets for euro weakness versus the Antipodeans. * Aussie at $1.0497, from around $1.0440 in late local trade on Wednesday, after ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 28, 2014
Reserves $13.582 bln