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A$ trims gains after weak China PMI data  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar trimmed gains against the US dollar on Thursday after weak Chinese data added to concerns about demand for Australia's commodity exports. The HSBC Flash China manufacturing PMI fell to 47.8 in August, its lowest since November, from 49.5 in July. The weak reading adds to fears of a marked slowdown in China following a run of disappointing economic data. The Australian dollar is very sensitive to news out of China, its biggest export market. Still, the pullback in the Aussie was limited by speculation of more stimulus in the United States after minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting showed it could announce quantitative easing "fairly soon". Aussie at $1.0516, off an early 10-day peak of $1.0546 but still up from $1.0440 before the Fed news. Support seen around $1.0480 ahead of $1.0440 with resistance at $1.0567-77. Aussie not helped after Australia's resources minister says the mining boom is over. ...

Aussie & kiwi hold gains on USD, await China data  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held gains on the US dollar on Thursday after US Federal Reserve minutes indicated a willingness to implement more monetary stimulus. * But Aussie, kiwi subdued versus the euro, as a climb in the single currency to a seven-week high versus the broadly weak dollar prompts investors to cut bets for euro weakness versus the Antipodeans. * Aussie at $1.0497, from around $1.0440 in late local trade on Wednesday, after ...
A$ & NZ$ extend losses on euro short-covering  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars extended losses to multi-week lows against the euro on Wednesday, as growing speculation about euro zone plans to rescue debt-laden countries sparked widespread short-covering in the single currency. The selling of Aussie for euros, which has been a very crowded trade recently, pulls it back against the US dollar, taking it 0.4 percent lower on the day to $1.0440, from $1.0470 in early trade. The euro powers up to five-week ...
Australian dollar hits 3-week low against US dollar  LONDON: The Australian dollar fell to a three-week low against the US dollar on Friday as investors cut previous bets on the higher-yielding currency gaining due to concerns that its recent rise may have been overdone. The Australian dollar fell 0.8 percent to $1.0424, its weakest since late July. It dropped by a similar margin against the euro, which hit a 3-week high of A$1.1850. Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...
A$ & NZ$ hold gains, bond yields jump to 3-month highs  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held modestly firmer on Thursday, underpinned by stronger Asian stocks, while bond prices fell to their lowest since early May on fading expectations of imminent easing globally.   The biggest movers of the session were Australian bond futures, which skidded to three-month lows, tracking a fall in US Treasuries. "There has been a fair re-rating of easing expectations in the market with heavy yield rises in both Europe and U.S," said ...
A$ & NZ$ dip vs USD, euro on China excuse  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollar slipped on Wednesday, with investors using growth concerns in China and a large unwinding of short positions in the euro as an excuse to take profits. Aussie edges lower to $1.0468, from $1.0490 in early trade. Next support seen around $1.0464, the 20-day MA, ahead of $1.0432, the low on Aug 2. Resistance at $1.0580. New Zealand dollar drifts to a near three-week low around $0.8040, more than half a ...
A$ & NZ$ off multi-month highs, await EU data  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollar were off multi-month highs on Tuesday as investors booked profits on short euro positions, while awaiting data from Europe and the United States which could add to global growth concerns. Aussie fetches $1.0522, having trimmed overnight losses thanks to firmer Asian bourses and demand out of Tokyo. The Australian dollar fell to a low of $1.0497 on Monday, after it had stretched its legs to $1.0615 last week, the highest ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln