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A$, NZ$ near 8-month peaks vs yen, up vs USD  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars scaled eight-month peaks against the yen on Thursday on expectations of more policy action in Japan, while encouraging Chinese manufacturing data saw the Aussie reach a session high.   HSBC's China flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rose to a 13-mth high of 50.4 in November, a sign the pace of growth in Australia's single biggest export market has revived after seven quarters of slowdown.   Aussie hits $1.0401, up from a pre-data level of $1.0385. It last trades at $1.0393, up 0.3 pct on the day.   Talk of good offers around $1.0400 appear to have capped its upside for now. Support seen around $1.0315, a 200-DMA and a lower Bollinger band.   Kiwi is up 0.2 pct on the day at $0.8162, having touched a session high of $0.8167, recovering from a trough of $0.8112 hit on Wednesday.   Antipodeans scale fresh multi-month highs against the yen with the Aussie powering ...

A$, NZ$ rally vs yen on BoJ rate speculation  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars hit seven-month highs against the yen on Wednesday as expectations for more aggressive Japanese monetary easing action bolstered the view that the Antipodeans would keep their rate advantage over the yen.   Aussie climbs to around 85.05 yen according to Reuters data, its highest since early April. Kiwi edges up to around 66.85 yen, a level also not seen since April.   Expectations rise that a new Japanese government after a Dec. ...
A$, NZ$ pause vs USD, EU meeting eyed  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars took a breather against their US counterpart on Tuesday, while the euro survived a ratings downgrade of France with sentiment bolstered by hopes of a Greek aid deal later in the session.   The Aussie was steady at $1.0413, having gained 1.3 percent since hitting a three-week trough of $1.0287 Friday.   It fully recovered from a brief dip to $1.0398 after minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) November meeting ...
A$, NZ$ halt decline, but mood fragile  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The New Zealand and Australian dollars hovered near multi-week lows against greenback on Friday as wary investors trimmed demand for high-yield assets, although the chances of more stimulus in Japan saw them firm on the yen.   New Zealand dollar at $0.8102 vs a two-month low of $0.8079 set in New York trade.   Aussie trades at $1.0334 vs $1.0307 early, it touched a three-week low near $1.0300 overnight when stop-loss selling was triggered at $1.0350.   Traders cite good ...
A$, NZ$ nurse hefty losses vs USD, euro  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were nursing hefty losses against their US counterpart and euro on Thursday, after the US Federal Reserve discussed the need for more bond buying and worries about Greece eased temporarily.   Aussie extends overnight fall to $1.0360 from $1.0372 early, well away from a six-month peak of $1.0480 hit last week. Major support seen at $1.0331, the 38.2 pct of the Sept-Oct decline.   Traders cite stops below $1.0355 and buy orders ...
A$, NZD lifted by strong yuan  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars edged higher on Monday, underpinned by a surging yuan, though investors remained wary about fiscal woes in the United States and uncertainty in Europe.   The kiwi dollar rose 0.2 percent on the day to $0.8163 , from $0.8144 in New York on Friday. Last week, it fell to a near three-week low of $0.8123 following a very weak jobs report at home, which revived expectations of a rate cut ...
A$ jumps to 5-week highs on US vote  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar scaled fresh five-week highs against the US dollar on Wednesday after TV networks projected a re-election win for US President Barack Obama.   Such an outcome was seen as removing a potential obstacle to continued quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve, something the Republicans have been opposed to. The promise of further stimulus led to a drop in Treasury yields and the US dollar, and a rise in commodities including gold.   That in turn ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln