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Aussie & NZ dollars hold gains; RBA cuts growth out look           WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held overnight gains on Friday, as investors awaited the outcome of key US jobs data and a confidence vote in Greece. The Aussie edges down to $1.0395 , from $1.0413 in New York, having rallied overnight as risks of a messy Greek default and global financial chaos diminished for now. Aussie well-off a two-week low of $1.0203 struck on Wednesday but still 2.8 pct down for the week due to the dramatic developments in Europe . Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) says biggest threat to local economy is the ongoing EU debt crisis. As expected, the central bank cut its inflation and growth forecasts for 2012 & 2013. Earlier this week, it cut rates by 25 basis points to 4.5 pct, the first easing since early 2009 and its quarterly statement gives no hint to future rate moves. Still interbank futures almost fully priced for another ...

Aussie & NZ dollars edge off lows ahead of Fed           WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars found a tentative footing on Wednesday after two sessions of steep declines as markets wait to see if the US Federal Reserve will provide more stimulus. The Aussie was at $1.0364 , drifting up from Tuesday's low of $1.0272, as traders squared up positions in the currency which has fallen more than 3 percent in just two days. The Fed's post-meeting statement is due at 1630 GMT and Fed Chairman ...
Aussie & kiwi mark time, await RBA decision           WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars traded sideways on Tuesday, ahead of a possible first cut in Australian interest rates in two-and-a-half years. Aussie steady at $1.0525 from $1.0521 in New York, having slid 1.5 pct on Monday after Japan intervened to sell massive amounts of yen for US dollars--talk of as much as 10 trillion yen. This lifted the US currency across the board. It briefly touched a session low of $1.0498 after a soft ...
Aussie & kiwi on course to post huge October gains           WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars consolidated hefty monthly gains and sat near multi-week highs on Monday, ahead of a busy week including a possible first cut in Australian interest rates in two-and-a-half years. Investors focused on RBA policy meeting on Tuesday and quarterly monetary statement on Friday, with a majority of analysts expecting the central bank will cut rates by 25 basis points to 4.5 percent. The interbank market implies around an 82 percent ...
Aussie set to post largest monthly rise, kiwi at 6-wk peak           WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar was on track for its largest monthly jump on record, while the New Zealand dollars rose to six-week highs on Friday, following an eye-watering rally overnight after Europe struck a deal to tackle its debt woes. Aussie holding near 2-month highs at $1.0700 , after surging more than 3 pct on Thursday to a peak of $1.0753. It is on course to post its biggest monthly jump ever at 10.9 pct, a dramatic ...
NZ$, A$ boosted by RBNZ tightening bias, EU deal eyed   WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The New Zealand dollar gained on Thursday, after the central bank surprisingly reaffirmed its tightening bias, dragging the Aussie higher in its wake. Both currencies were supported after European leaders agreed to boost the region's rescue fund. The New Zealand dollar up two-thirds of a cent at around $0.8015, after the Reserve Bank of NZ appeared more hawkish than expected and repeated it will start raising rates when conditions allow. Financial market pricing implies ...
Aussie knocked lower by tame inflation, bonds rally        WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar fell about half a cent and underperformed the kiwi as interbank futures moved to fully price in a November rate cut after key measures of underlying inflation rose by much less than expected. Aussie falls to $1.0364 from $1.0435 after data shows a key measure of underlying inflation coming in at 0.3 pct on the quarter, well below a forecast 0.6 pct increase. Aussie last at $1.0369 vs $1.0457 late in New York, ...


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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln