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Harried euro gets respite ahead of inflation test SYDNEY/SINGAPORE: The euro inched higher on Thursday and held above a one-year low versus the dollar, getting some respite as feverish speculation of an imminent round of easing by the European Central Bank cooled.Sources told Reuters on Wednesday that the ECB is unlikely to take new policy action next week unless inflation figures on Friday show the euro zone sinking significantly towards deflation. That prompted investors to trim very bearish positions in the euro.The common currency rose 0.2 percent to $1.3214 , up from Wednesday's low near $1.3152, which was the euro's weakest level in almost a year. The respite for the euro may not last very long, however, said Callum Henderson, global head of FX research for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. "The overall bias remains lower in the euro...the only question within that is how far and how fast," Henderson said, adding that euro zone inflation data on ...

Euro hits fresh lows, Asia shares at highs on ECB buzz SYDNEY: The euro was cracking under pressure on Wednesday as feverish speculation of further policy stimulus in the euro zone drove bond yields to all-time lows and lifted Asian stocks to peaks not seen in almost seven years. The groundbreaking call by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi for more action on both the monetary and fiscal fronts has markets wagering that fresh steps could come as soon as next week when the central bank's ...
Australian dollar pops to 10 month peak vs euro, NZ dollar steadier WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar popped to a 10-month peak versus a deflated euro on Wednesday, while New Zealand's currency got a respite following hefty losses against the US dollar. The euro fell as low as A$1.4109, the lowest since November, to be last at A$1.4120. The euro is down 2 percent this month largely due to growing expectations of another round of policy easing by the European Central Bank. "The downtrend is fairly strong since ...
NZ dollar hits 6 month lows vs USD, Aussie rallies against yen & euro WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar slipped to six-month lows against its broadly stronger US counterpart on Monday, while the Australian dollar shot up to multi-month highs versus the euro and yen in a volatile session. The New Zealand dollar slumped to $0.8336, its lowest since late February, as the US dollar powered up after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen appeared relatively less dovish than other central bank chiefs. "Everyone had been a bit worried about ...
Dollar in demand as stimulus talk dogs euro, yen SYDNEY: The dollar marched higher against the euro and yen on Monday as investors wagered that interest rates were set on a diverging course in the United States, Europe and Japan, giving a lift to Tokyo stocks in the process. Pledges of policy stimulus from the heads of the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan pressured both the euro and the yen, leaving the US dollar as the winner by default. The common ...
Australia dollar lifted by gains vs yen & pound, NZD struggles WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars bounced from multi-month lows on Friday as the US dollar rally fizzled ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. The Australian dollar nudged up to $0.9305, having recovered from $0.9229, its lowest since early June. It was on track to end the week where it started, a resilient performance given the weakness of Chinese numbers. "Everyone is focused on Yellen and we expect her to ...
Australian dollar falls after soft HSBC China PMI survey SYDNEY: The Australian dollar dropped around half a US cent on Thursday after a soft survey reading of China's manufacturing activity. Australia is sensitive to news out of China, its key export market. The Aussie fell as low as $0.9235 to be last at $0.9245, to show a 0.5 percent decline on the day. The Aussie had already been weakened by a broadly stronger US dollar earlier in the session. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln