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SYDNEY/SINGAPORE: The safe-haven yen eased on Monday, while the Australian dollar jumped after surprisingly strong Chinese factory activity data eased fears about a hard landing in the world's second biggest economy. The Australian dollar rose 0.5 percent to $1.0400 having peaked at $1.0470 after a report on Sunday showed activity at big Chinese factories hit an 11-month high in March. "This is now three months of trend improvement, and is good news for the AUD and commodity currencies in general," said Annette Beacher, head of Asia Pacific research at TDSecurities.      Against the yen, the Aussie climbed to 86.44, pulling well away from last week's trough around 84.60. Adding to the yen's woes was a weaker-than-expected reading on business sentiment for big Japanese manufacturers, which put the spotlight on whether the Bank of Japan may conduct additional monetary easing as early as next week. "Personally I don't think that will happen," said a trader for a ...

SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar clawed back losses on Friday as investors picked up the currency on the cheap after it fell to a two-month low, but it risked more losses on concerns over slower Chinese economic growth. * The Australian dollar traded at $1.0380 after falling as low as $1.0305, its weakest since mid-January. The Aussie has suffered this week due to month- and quarter-end selling, and is poised end the month 3 percent lower. * A ...
SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were nursing losses across the board on Thursday as investors pared long positions amid uncertainties about China's economic growth and weakness in Asian stocks. The Australian dollar fell as far as $1.0341, from $1.0392 in New York, having lost 1 percent this week. It was last at $1.0368 and looked set to test last week's trough of $1.0336. A break there would take it to levels not seen since ...
SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars slipped versus a broadly recovering US dollar on Wednesday, as investors tempered expectations that the Federal Reserve may implement more monetary stimulus to advance the US economic recovery. The Australian dollar, last at $1.0452, fell to a session low of $1.0460, from around $1.0520 in late local trade on Tuesday. In a US television interview, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said US unemployment may not fall much more this year if ...
Aussie & kiwi dollars struggle with global growth           WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars struggled around two-month lows against the US dollar early Friday after being hit hard by soft European and China manufacturing surveys, with renewed worries about global growth putting pressures on commodity currencies. Aussie last at $1.0384, having been as deep as $1.0336, lowest since Jan. 17, from $1.0377 late Thursday. Major support now at $1.0300 with resistance at $1.0420. The NZ dollar at $0.8092 vs $0.8095 late Thursday. It slipped ...
A$ hits 2-month low on weak China data; Europe PMIs eyed              TOKYO: The Australian dollar dropped to a two-month low on Thursday after data showed China's manufacturing activity shrank in March for a fifth straight month, underscoring concerns about growth slowdown in the world's second largest economy. After HSBC flash PMI showed the overall rate of contraction deepening and new orders sinking to a four-month low, the Aussie fell 0.7 percent to $1.0383, hitting the lowest level since late January. It had fetched $1.0477 prior to the ...
Yen hits five-month lows on euro; dollar steady SYDNEY: The yen was on the defensive in Asia on Monday with the euro reaching a fresh five-month high against the Japanese currency, while the dollar nursed losses following a setback late last week. The single currency was at 110.03 yen, having risen as high as 110.09. Immediate resistance is seen around 110.16, the 50 percent retracement of the April-January fall. A break there could open the way to around 111.60, the Oct. 31 peak when ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 28, 2014
Reserves $13.582 bln