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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 the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut rates by 25 bps to 3.25 pct on Tuesday, breaching major support in the $1.0240/50 area.   Aussie took another hit on Wednesday after Australia's trade deficit widened to A$2 bln in August, far exceeding forecasts of a A$700 mln shortfall.   The New Zealand dollar gets caught in the Aussie downdraft. Last at around $0.8240, from $0.8270 early. It hit a high of $0.8337 overnight, underpinned by kiwi buying against the ...

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 $1.0328 this week. Local currency looks set to end the month 1.1 pct higher.   Resistance seen around ...
Aussie & kiwi dollars bounce, bonds extend gains  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars bounced from lows against the US dollar on Thursday, even as bonds climbed for a fourth session as investors fretted about European debt and the global growth outlook.   Long-dated government bonds leap with the Australian 10-year contract gaining the most. It is last up 0.045 points to 97.085, having risen to 97.130, its highest since late July. It pierced major resistance of 97.044 and now targets 97.34, the July ...
Aussie & kiwi dollars pressured, bonds jump  SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were pressured on Wednesday, as investors refocused on nagging worries about Spain's debt and the impact of recent US monetary stimulus.   But investor caution benefits government bonds which jumped to two-week highs. Three-year contract rose 0.05 points to 97.570 and a sustained break above key resistance of 97.600 would target 97.717, the 61.8 pct retracement of the June-August decline.   The 10-year contract leapt 0.075 points to 97.015, eyeing major resistance ...
A$ & NZ$ retreat; odds narrow on rate cut  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars fell prey to profit-taking in choppy markets on Monday, as recent hefty gains left the currencies overstretched and concerns about global growth provided an excuse to sell.  The Aussie dipped to $1.0419, from $1.0446 in early trade. Traders saw support from layered bids under $1.0400 with resistance at $1.0564, last week's high. The local currency is still up more than two cents since it hit a low of $1.0165 earlier ...
A$ & NZ$ skid vs USD, yen on weak Asian stocks  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars fell sharply against the US dollar and yen on Monday, as weak Asian stocks and falling commodities hurt risk appetite. The kiwi takes a beating vs USD and yen, skidding nearly 1 percent to $0.8227 and 64.16 yen. Traders cite talk of macro fund selling. The Aussie not far behind, 0.4 pct lower at $1.0417 from Friday's late New York trade of $1.0457. Aussie seen stuck between $1.0400 and $1.0520 ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln