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Australian & NZ dollars jump on sterling, bonds underpinned WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held on to hefty gains against sterling on Thursday after enjoying their biggest one-day rally in six months after the Bank of England surprised markets by signalling it was in no rush to hike rates.The British central bank caused a ruckus by slashing its forecast for wage growth and saying higher rates hinged largely on an improved outlook for pay.Sterling was at A$1.7941, having slumped more than 1 percent Wednesday to a two-month low of A$1.7920. Against the New Zealand dollar, it fell to a three-week trough of NZ$1.9653 to be last at NZ$1.9698.There was less action elsewhere, with the Aussie idling at $0.8296, having peaked at $0.9320 overnight where it met heavy resistance. It has been unable to sustain a break above $0.9300 since last week's shock jump in Australia's unemployment rate.Also weighing on the Aussie is a weakness in commodities with ...

Australian & NZ dollars uninspired, investor mood cautious WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were looking for inspiration on Tuesday, hovering near recent lows as investors were hesitant to large positions with geopolitical tensions still simmering in the background. The Australian dollar marked time at $0.9262, not far from a two-month low of $0.9239 touched Friday. It was a touch firmer after a stronger-than-expected bounce in the Australian property price index and a survey showing a sharp improvement in business conditions. Still, ...
Dollar stalls as geopolitical storm quietens SYDNEY: The US dollar started trade in Asia on Tuesday in familiar territory, holding flat after a listless session overnight void of any meaningful economic data or market-moving events.The dollar index was flat at 81.455 after drifting in a 82 tick-range on Monday, a far cry from Friday's 336 tick-range. Traders said the index was looking toppish given last month's rally that swept it to a succession of 2014 peaks and the market will need ...
Australian & NZ dollars recover from lows as risk appetite improves WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were off lows on Monday, as appetite for risk grew following a slight easing in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, while optimism over the outlook for China's economy underpinned demand. The Australian dollar nudged up to $0.9278, from a two-month low of $0.9229 set on Friday. It managed to recover some ground against the yen at 94.75 yen, having sunk nearly one yen during Friday to touch 93.88, the lowest ...
Australian, New Zealand dollar hit by risk aversion WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were on the defensive on Friday, while bonds rallied sharply as news U.S. President Barack Obama had sanctioned air strikes in Iraq drove investors to seek safe-haven assets.The main move came in the safe-haven yen which climbed across the board and knocked the Aussie down to a 10-week trough of 93.88 yen.The Australian dollar also slipped as far as $0.9240, its weakest since early June, from $0.9269 in ...
Australian dollar slides as jump in unemployment sparks rate cut talk WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australia dollar tumbled on Thursday after a surprisingly weak jobs report cast doubt on market perceptions the Reserve Bank of Australia was done cutting rates. The Australian dollar slipped more than half a cent to $0.9283, nearing a two-month trough of $0.9275 touched last week. Technicals suggest a break would target $0.9205/10. The Aussie also lost around 0.8 percent against the euro, pound and yen.Australian employment dipped 300 in July, while the jobless ...
Dollar regains momentum on upbeat data, euro skids SYDNEY: The dollar held near an 11-month high against a basket of major currencies early on Wednesday, having got a second wind after upbeat US data bolstered expectations of solid economic growth in the third quarter. The dollar index was last at 81.537, not far from the overnight peak of 81.626. The euro languished at $1.3370, having plumbed a nine-month trough of $1.3358. Data on Tuesday showed US services sector activity hit an 8-1/2 year ...

 



 
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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 $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln