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Australia, NZ dollars keep low profile as local events eyed WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were stuck in a holding pattern on Monday with a holiday in Japan and the risk of a fresh flare up in geopolitical tensions keeping investors firmly on the sidelines. The Aussie was a shade softer at $0.9391, having on Friday pushed up from $0.9336. It remained well within a $0.9320/9505 range seen in the past month. Its New Zealand counterpart marked time at $0.8702, steadying after last week's 1.5 percent tumble, the biggest weekly decline in about six months. The market had sold the currency in response to soft domestic inflation data and a further fall in dairy prices, but kiwi bears were turning wary ahead of an expected interest rate hike later in the week. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) is seen lifting the cash rate for a fourth consecutive review on Thursday, by 25 basis points to 3.5 ...

NZ dollar pinned at 3-week low, Aussie proves more resilient WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar was holding steady on Thursday having rebounded from two-week lows, proving more resilient than its New Zealand counterpart in a week that saw soft local inflation figures tame kiwi bulls. The Aussie was at $0.9361 after bouncing overnight from a two-week low of $0.9329. That kept the currency well within the $0.9320/0.9505 range seen in the past two months. The kiwi dollar traded at $0.8690, after touching a three-week low of ...
Euro hits the skids as sterling flies SYDNEY: The euro wallowed at five-month lows against the yen on Thursday and held near a two-year trough on sterling, having weakened broadly overnight in a move that should provide some comfort to the European Central Bank. Traders said recent upbeat UK data had prompted investors to switch into sterling from the euro.That in turn weighed broadly on the common currency, which extended its losses for a second session on Wednesday. The euro bought 137.50 ...
New Zealand dollar slips on benign inflation data SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar shed nearly half a US cent on Wednesday after local inflation data came in softer than expected, an outcome that could ease pressure on the central bank to continue tightening policy this year. The kiwi dollar fell to a session low at $0.8725, from around $0.8766, after the annual inflation rate came in at 1.6 percent in the second quarter, below the 1.8 percent consensus. Sentiment for the kiwi had ...
Dollar bulls hear hawkish hint from Yellen, inflation lifts sterling SYDNEY: The dollar clung to modest gains early on Wednesday after bulls latched onto a comment by the head of the Federal Reserve that rates could rise sooner if employment continued to improve, while strong inflation sent sterling to a six-year high. The dollar index last traded at 80.388, near the close in New York where it climbed 0.3 percent. The greenback was at one-week highs on the yen at 101.67, while the euro wallowed ...
Australian, NZ dollars on a tight leash ahead of data WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were mostly steady on Tuesday with the kiwi hunkering down near a post-float peak in the lead up to local inflation data. Caution ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony due later in the day and a batch of data on Wednesday from China, the top export market for Australia and New Zealand, kept both Antipodean currencies hemmed in. The Aussie was little changed at $0.9394, having ...
Australian, NZ dollars seek fresh cues in event-filled week WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars marked time on Monday, mirroring a generally aimless currency market that appeared to be waiting for fresh cues this week from China data and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's congressional testimony. The Aussie traded at $0.9399, having drifted in a slim $0.9370/9401 range so far this session. Since April, the Aussie has basically been flatlining near 94 US cents. Investors are nervous about pushing it much higher, but ...

 



 
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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