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Australian & NZ dollars stung by stronger USD, bonds skid WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were stung by broad US dollar strength on Tuesday as rising US bond yields and a Federal Reserve study gave the market an excuse to book recent profits and unwind carry trades. The Australian dollar fell to $0.9265, having dropped more than 1 percent overnight.Support was found at $0.9263, last week's low, and the currency is still within the $0.9200 to $0.9500 range that has held since March. It has gained 4 percent so far this year. Dealers said they were puzzled by the sudden spike in the US dollar and see the Aussie remaining under modest pressure. "On Monday, I would have seen a test of $0.9400 possible, but now I think the Aussie will cool its heels until Thursday's jobs figures," said Sean Callow, a senior currency strategist at Westpac, seeing a possible move to $0.9240-50 until then. Undermining the Aussie ...

Euro wary as ECB policy decision looms, BoJ eyed SYDNEY: The euro clung on to modest gains against the dollar early on Thursday, having pulled up from one-year lows as investors booked some profits ahead of the European Central Bank policy review.News of a ceasefire plan in eastern Ukraine further shored up the common currency, although this is now in doubt after Ukraine's prime minister dismissed the proposal outlined by President Vladimir Putin. The common currency has already fallen a long way, dropping from ...
Australian dollar scales multi-month highs vs yen & pound; NZD off lows WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars bounced off lows versus their US counterpart on Thursday, while the Aussie climbed to multi-month highs against everything else after solid economic data underpinned sentiment. The Australian dollar rose as far as $0.9367, a full cent higher from a low touched Wednesday. Helping was data showing retail sales increased 0.4 percent in July to a record A$23.3 billion while the trade deficit narrowed to A$1.4 billion versus forecasts ...
Australian dollar dips on US dollar strength; RBA fails to surprise WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars lost some ground versus a broadly stronger US dollar on Tuesday, while the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) offered no surprise in its monthly policy statement and refrained from talking down the currency.The Australian dollar dropped a third of a US cent to $0.9296 from $0.9331 in early trade as the US currency advanced across a broad front. The Aussie dollar was, however, still stuck in a familiar ...
Euro sees little reprieve in holiday trade, Aussie eyes rate call SYDNEY: The euro languished at one-year lows early on Tuesday, following an aimless session overnight with market activity severely hampered by a holiday in the United States.The common currency last traded at $1.3129, having drifted in a slim $1.3119/1.3146 range for all of Monday.That helped keep the dollar index near a 13-1/2 month peak of 82.804 . Against the yen, the greenback held just below a one-week high of 104.36. The euro dithered at 136.94, ...
Australian dollar cautious ahead of RBA, hits 15 month peak vs yen WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar scaled a 15-month peak against the yen on Tuesday, and gave some ground versus its US counterpart as investors awaited the outcome of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) monthly policy meeting. The central bank is considered certain to hold rates steady at a record low of 2.5 percent and to signal further stability for policy. Markets will be scrutinising the tone of the statement. "A mention of the improved investment ...
Euro hamstrung by Ukraine worries, dollar up SYDNEY: The euro slipped to a fresh one-year low early on Monday as the situation in Ukraine worsened, although a holiday in the United States and major central bank events later in the week will probably keep investors sidelined. The common currency fell as far as $1.3127, from around $1.3140 late in New York on Friday, reaching lows not seen since early September 2013. It last traded at $1.3131. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned a ...


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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