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Australian and NZ dollars pinned down, upbeat data no help SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars struggled for traction on Thursday after data in China and at home failed to excite the market ahead of key offshore events in Europe and the United States. The Aussie was down at $0.8879, after speculative sellers took out stop-loss offers under $0.8880. "The market is containing the Aussie at the moment and the topside is fairly limited," said a trader at a European bank in Singapore. He said a needed catalyst could be the European Central Bank policy decision due later in the session or US nonfarm payroll data on Friday. Initial support for the Aussie was seen at $0.8855 ahead of $0.8820, a three-year trough touched last month. Immediate resistance was found at $0.8925. The Aussie got only a brief lift from upbeat data on retail sales and home building even though they added to evidence that policy stimulus was working ...

Australia and NZ dollars subdued, but outperform CAD SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars found themselves stuck in a very slim trading range for a third session on Wednesday as caution ahead of major events offshore this week kept investors largely sidelined. But both Antipodean currencies climbed against their Canadian peer, which came under broad selling pressure on the back of disappointing domestic data. The kiwi traded at C$0.8927, having hit C$0.8931 overnight, a high not seen since June 2005. The Aussie ...
Yen out in the cold as year-end cheer lifts stocks SYDNEY: The yen wallowed at five-year troughs against the dollar and euro on Friday, having fallen prey to a renewed appetite for risk which lifted Wall Street to record highs and weighed on the low yielding currency.The dollar fetched 104.81 yen, having risen as far as 104.85, while the euro was at 143.47 yen after peaking around 143.57 -- highs not seen since October 2008.The yen's decline came in thin year-end trade and was a ...
Australian, New Zealand dollars stall in holiday stupor SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were largely in a holding pattern on Monday, with investors in no mood to do much ahead of a two-day Christmas break and as a public holiday in Japan further drained liquidity in Asia. The Aussie was steady at $0.8922, still enjoying a bit of the short squeeze that lifted it from a 3-1/2-year low of $0.8820 late last week. While the market remains bearish on the Aussie, ...
Dollar searches for fresh inspiration in holiday week SYDNEY: The U.S. dollar got off to a sluggish start in Asia on Monday, having slipped late last week as investors took some profits although analysts still expect its longer-term uptrend to stay intact.The dollar bought 104.01 yen, having stepped back from a five-year peak of 104.64 scaled on Friday. The euro, which slid to a two-week trough of $1.3625, last stood at $1.3670.Trading could be choppy this week as liquidity dries up with many ...
New Zealand dollar trims losses after mixed GDP data SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar rose on Thursday after data showed the economy grew faster than expected last quarter, though the details of the report were not as strong as the headline suggested.The kiwi initially gained one third of a cent to $0.8264 after data showed a measure of gross domestic product rose 1.4 percent versus forecasts of 1.1 percent for the third quarter.It then faded back to $0.8237, still showing a loss of 0.4 ...
Aussie dollar hits three-year low on Fed taper SYDNEY: The Australian dollar Thursday fell to its lowest level against the greenback since August 2010 after the US Federal Reserve said it would scale back its stimulus programme next month.The Aussie hit a low of 88.21 US cents after Fed chairman Ben Bernanke's announcement, but has since recovered slightly to 88.37 US cents. It was trading at 89.04 US cents on Wednesday.LTG GoldRock director Andrew Barnett said the Australian dollar's fall was limited because ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyFebruary
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln