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Australian dollar scales multi-month highs vs yen & pound; NZD off lows WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars bounced off lows versus their US counterpart on Thursday, while the Aussie climbed to multi-month highs against everything else after solid economic data underpinned sentiment. The Australian dollar rose as far as $0.9367, a full cent higher from a low touched Wednesday. Helping was data showing retail sales increased 0.4 percent in July to a record A$23.3 billion while the trade deficit narrowed to A$1.4 billion versus forecasts of A$1.5 billion. Aussie bulls had already been relieved on Wednesday after firmer-than-expected gross domestic product data dispelled fears that economic growth had stalled in the second quarter. The Aussie was last at $0.9355, having been stuck in a very familiar band of $0.9200-$0.9500 seen since March. "With the Aussie so stable, it reduces fears of long-term investors as the Aussie has been prone to steep declines in the past," said Sean Callow, a senior ...

Australian dollar dips on US dollar strength; RBA fails to surprise WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars lost some ground versus a broadly stronger US dollar on Tuesday, while the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) offered no surprise in its monthly policy statement and refrained from talking down the currency.The Australian dollar dropped a third of a US cent to $0.9296 from $0.9331 in early trade as the US currency advanced across a broad front. The Aussie dollar was, however, still stuck in a familiar ...
Euro sees little reprieve in holiday trade, Aussie eyes rate call SYDNEY: The euro languished at one-year lows early on Tuesday, following an aimless session overnight with market activity severely hampered by a holiday in the United States.The common currency last traded at $1.3129, having drifted in a slim $1.3119/1.3146 range for all of Monday.That helped keep the dollar index near a 13-1/2 month peak of 82.804 . Against the yen, the greenback held just below a one-week high of 104.36. The euro dithered at 136.94, ...
Australian dollar cautious ahead of RBA, hits 15 month peak vs yen WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar scaled a 15-month peak against the yen on Tuesday, and gave some ground versus its US counterpart as investors awaited the outcome of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) monthly policy meeting. The central bank is considered certain to hold rates steady at a record low of 2.5 percent and to signal further stability for policy. Markets will be scrutinising the tone of the statement. "A mention of the improved investment ...
Euro hamstrung by Ukraine worries, dollar up SYDNEY: The euro slipped to a fresh one-year low early on Monday as the situation in Ukraine worsened, although a holiday in the United States and major central bank events later in the week will probably keep investors sidelined. The common currency fell as far as $1.3127, from around $1.3140 late in New York on Friday, reaching lows not seen since early September 2013. It last traded at $1.3131. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned a ...
Australia & NZ dollars hold ground on euro, steady vs USD SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held hefty gains on a battered euro and marked time against their US counterpart on Monday, as geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and a week packed with events kept investors cautious. The euro drifted to A$1.4052, close to a 10-month trough of A$1.4043 touched Friday. It fell 2.4 percent in August and charts are negative with the 5, 10 and 20-day moving average edging lower.The deterioration of the situation ...
Australian dollar lifted by investment outlook, kiwi dragged up WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar received a boost on Thursday after a better-than-expected outlook for business investment leant hope the economy could weather an ongoing pullback in the mining sector, hoisting the New Zealand dollar higher.The Australian dollar powered up to $0.9360, from $0.9336 in early trade. It climbed to a three-week peak of $0.9373, where it met heavy resistance."Both the Aussie and bonds reacted to the headline print, but details were mixed," said Su-Lin Ong, ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln