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A$ hurt by soft retail sales, NZ$ edges up  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar fell across the board on Thursday and hovered around one-month lows against the US dollar as subdued retail sales data added to the case for further rate cuts, while the New Zealand dollar edged up.   The Australian dollar slips to a low of $1.0182, its weakest since Sept 6 after Australian retail sales edged up 0.2 pct in August, against forecasts of a 0.4 pct gain.   The meagre rise encouraged investors to wager on more rate cuts with interbank futures pricing a 64 percent chance of a rate cut to 3.0 percent next month.   The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) eased by 25bp on Tuesday, as a slowdown in China, falling export prices and a high currency all combined to darken the economic outlook.   Aussie last at $1.0198, having shaved 1.7 pct this week. Key support seen at $1.0165, the September low.   Also weighing is pressure on the crosses. Euro leaps ...

Yen near 2-week low ahead of BOJ, euro eyes ECB  SYDNEY/TOKYO: The yen struggled at two-week lows against the dollar on Thursday, with wary speculators taking a pre-emptive move just in case the Bank of Japan surprises this week by easing policy. The market also gave the Australian dollar a wide berth, but left the euro pretty much alone against the greenback as investors waited for the outcome of the European Central Bank meeting due at 1145 GMT.    The dollar bought 78.47 yen, flat from late U.S, ...
Australian and NZ dollars fade as data hurts  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar was hemmed in around a one-month low on Thursday as weak data at home and stronger US jobs numbers weighed, dragging the New Zealand dollar to a three-week low in its wake.   * The Australian dollar sits around $1.0210 just above its Sept 6 lows, and little changed from its late local level on Wednesday. It ranged a relatively tight $1.0196 to $1.0235 range overnight.   * The Aussie has lost around a cent ...
Aussie dollar feels the heat, bonds on fire  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar extended losses against the US dollar on Wednesday and hovered near multi-week lows elsewhere as markets priced in more cuts in domestic interest rates, boosting bonds.   The Australian dollar skids to $1.0222, its lowest since Sept 6, from $1.0263 early, having knocked out options at $1.0250. A break below $1.0200, an area of stop loss selling, opens the way to $1.0165, the Sept low.   Aussie has lost a cent and a half since ...
Aussie & kiwi dollars on the defensive, China PMI no help  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were on the defensive on Monday, as concerns over global growth and uncertainty about Europe's debt weighed on investor sentiment.   The Aussie eases to $1.0338 after China released official PMI numbers. The reading matched expectations at 49.8, signalling the Chinese economy, a key customer for the Australia and New Zealand, may be stabilising as recent pro-growth measures gained traction.    But the results fail to quell global growth worries with Europe ...
Aussie & kiwi dollars edge up, set to end Sept higher  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Aussie and New Zealand dollars were on track on Friday to post healthy gains this month, displaying remarkable resilience even as Europe remains a hot spot and markets price in an Australian rate cut next week.   Aussie edges up to $1.0457, from $1.0438 early. Aussie helped by a squeeze in short positions after touching a two-week trough of $1.0328 this week. Local currency looks set to end the month 1.1 pct higher.   Resistance seen around ...
Aussie & kiwi dollars bounce, bonds extend gains  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars bounced from lows against the US dollar on Thursday, even as bonds climbed for a fourth session as investors fretted about European debt and the global growth outlook.   Long-dated government bonds leap with the Australian 10-year contract gaining the most. It is last up 0.045 points to 97.085, having risen to 97.130, its highest since late July. It pierced major resistance of 97.044 and now targets 97.34, the July ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
Imports $45.11 bln
WeeklyOctober 27, 2014
Reserves $13.464 bln