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Australian and NZ dollars subdued, hold gains vs euro SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars struggled to make headway on Monday against their US counterpart and held gains versus the euro with a holiday in Britain and the United States likely to keep investors on the sidelines. The Aussie was steady at $0.9233, from $0.9214 on Friday, having formed a base just above 92 US cents after a recent selloff. It shed 1.4 percent last week, its largest decline since January, mostly on positioning. Dealers said investors tend to use any excuse to sell, such as falling prices of iron ore, Australia's top export earner. The mineral slumped to its lowest in more than a year at $97.50 a tonne.Yet, Joseph Capurso, a strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, sees a potential bounce for the Aussie above 93 cents on the back of local data. Australian business investment figures are due on Thursday with forecasts of a fall ...

Australian and NZ dollars on the defensive, local data weighs SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar fell to a fresh 2-1/2-week low against the greenback on Wednesday, staying under a cloud after a survey showed consumer sentiment deteriorated sharply this month. The Aussie slid as far as $0.9216, before recovering a bit of ground to stand at $0.9235, down 0.1 percent on the day. It fell nearly 1 percent on Tuesday in its biggest one-day decline in four months.David de Ferranti, market analyst at FXCM in Sydney, ...
Australia & NZ dollars firm, bond prices off highs SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars spent Monday on the sidelines with progress capped by stiff chart resistance and uncertainty over Europe and the United States. The Aussie was holding around $0.9362, off a low of $0.9335 touched Friday and not too far from this year's peak of $0.9461 set last month.It has been stuck in a tight $0.9203-$0.9410 range, having repeatedly failed to make a sustained a break above 94 cents since mid-April, ...
Australian & NZ bonds track global rally, currencies subdued SYDNEY: Australian and New Zealand government bonds surged on Thursday, tracking a global rally on heightened speculation the European Central Bank (ECB) was preparing an easing package.In contrast, both Antipodean currencies were little changed in subdued trade. The Aussie was steady at $0.9365 and still stuck in a tight $0.9203-$0.9410 range after again failing to sustain a break above 94 cents. Support was seen at $0.9334, the 50 percent retracement of the April-May fall. The ...
Aussie & kiwi steady vs dollar and euro; China data, Australian budget in focus SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held gains versus their US counterpart and euro on Tuesday, with markets awaiting Chinese data and the Australian government's annual budget expected to be the toughest in 20 years. The Aussie was steady at $0.9354, not far from a one-month peak of $0.9395 set on Thursday. Support was seen at $0.9334, the 50 percent retracement of the April-May fall, with resistance around $0.9400.It hovered near one-month highs against ...
Australian & NZ dollars hold near one month highs vs euro SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar consolidated recent gains versus the US dollar and euro on Monday with markets awaiting the Australian government's 2014/15 budget expected to show a deficit of around A$30 billion. The New Zealand dollar found a steadier footing after three sessions of decline. The Aussie edged lower to $0.9355, from $0.9362 in New York on Friday, having gained nearly 1 percent last week.It stood near a one-month peak of $0.9395 set Thursday with ...
NZ dollar faces selling as markets trim rate rise bets WELLINGTON: Growing signs that the New Zealand dollar could be in for a fall may grant the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's wish for a softer currency without the need for intervention in the foreign exchange market that it threatened this week. In a speech on Wednesday, RBNZ Governor Graeme Wheeler said the central bank could sell the "kiwi" dollar, which has soared to a post-float high against a currency basket, if economic fundamentals no ...


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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
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