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A$, NZ$ extend rally, hit new highs on euro SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars pushed higher against the greenback and the euro on Wednesday as upbeat US data bolstered the outlook for global growth while Cyprus' bailout scheme hung heavy over the euro zone.Aussie around $1.0485 early, not far from a two-month high of $1.0497 struck overnight. Momentum still positive, with $1.0500 the next target and supports at $1.0408, a 100-DMA.NZ dollar follows, rising to a one-month high of $0.8394 before steadying around $0.8390. Kiwi still seen between $0.8308, a 100-DMA, and $0.8392, a 61.8 pct retracement level.Kiwi sentiment positive after Fonterra increased its payout forecast to farmers as expected on the back of rising dairy prices in recent auctions. But it also pointed to worsening dry conditions.Aussie also back up on the yen at 99.00 amid reports the Bank of Japan will likely adopt a new bond buying target, perhaps as soon as next week.Wall Street ...

Euro recoils as Cyprus deal stings; BOJ in focus SYDNEY: The euro nursed heavy losses early in Asia on Tuesday, having suffered a steep drop across the board on fears that future bank rescues in the euro zone would come with the same stern conditions seen in Cyprus' deal.The common currency traded at $1.2854, near a four-month trough of $1.2829 plumbed overnight and closer to retesting the November low of $1.2661. It has fallen more than 6 percent from a peak of $1.3711 reached ...
Australia dollar calm in face of political uncertainty, China helps SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar held steady on Thursday as the market took a guarded reaction to news the country's prime minister was facing a leadership challenge from within her own party, which could have an impact on government policy.Prime Minister Julia Gillard called a ballot to resolve months of slipping polls and internal tensions that put her minority Labor government on course to be swept away at September elections.The Aussie showed little initial reaction at ...
Aussie & NZ dollars slip as Cyprus plan shakes markets SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars fell on Monday as uncertainty about the impact of a proposed bailout for Cyprus sent investors scurrying for safety in a move that saw bond futures bounce off 10-month lows.US dollar and yen big beneficiaries of the safe-haven shift, with the Japanese currency shooting higher as speculators were caught badly short of the currency.But the shift to safety also boosted Australian bonds, taking three-year cash yields down 15 ...
Kiwi & Aussie dollars consolidate as RBNZ looms SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The New Zealand and Australian dollars held their ground against the greenback on Wednesday and consolidated recent gains on the yen and sterling as investors waited for an interest rate decision from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ).While the RBNZ is considered almost certain to leave its benchmark cash rate at a record low 2.5 percent on Thursday, but there is considerable uncertainty about what stance it will choose for its statement.On the ...
A$, NZ$ bounce on better risk sentiment SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar bounced back against the US dollar on Tuesday after gains in US share prices and falling volatility pointed to improving risk appetite, which helped lift the New Zealand dollar from a six-week low.The kiwi pushed up to a session high of $0.8283 in early trade, boosted as the Dow Jones industrial average clocked another record high. The Aussie climbed to $1.0278, recovering from a slide to $1.0202.The kiwi outperformed most major ...
A$, NZ$ surf wave of global optimism   WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were firmly on the front foot on Wednesday as world stock markets rallied on a Chinese government pledge to maintain growth and positive euro zone and US data, bolstering risk sentiment and commodity currencies.   Australia has GDP data at 0030 GMT with expectations of a 0.6 percent rise for the fourth quarter and annual growth easing a tad to 3 percent. On Tuesday data showed net exports adding a ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln