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Aussie & NZ dollars get a lift from Fed largesse           WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were on track for a third straight week of gains Friday, with risk assets underpinned by the Federal Reserve's latest commitment to keeping US policy super-easy for years to come. The Australian dollar was steady at $1.0612, having hit a peak of $1.0688 on Thursday, leaving it up 1.4 percent for the week and 4 percent for the month so far. Chart support was seen at $1.0588 and $1.0555, with resistance at $1.0688 ahead of the next major target at $1.0753. The US dollar has slipped since the Federal Reserve forecast rates would stay low out to late 2014, encouraging investors to borrow in dollars to fund carry trades in commodities and higher yielding assets. "The very dovish comments from the Fed have boosted expectations for another round of quantitative easing," said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital. "All of this is seen as ...

Aussie dollar climbs in knee-jerk inflation move        WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar added half a cent on Wednesday as a reading on core inflation came in higher than bears had been betting on, causing a short squeeze in a thin market. The Aussie was up at $1.0520, from $1.0468 just before the government released its consumer price report (CPI). It has traded a range of $1.0442 to $1.0527 so far, after ending at $1.0473 in New York. Traders said speculators had been betting on a ...
Aussie & NZ dollars head higher as EU strains ease  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were up near three-month highs on Tuesday as investors wagered a deal on Greek debt would get done sooner or later while signs of easing liquidity strains in Europe bolstered risk sentiment generally. * The Aussie was up at $1.0520, from $1.0486 in late local trade on Monday having leaped as high as $1.0574 late in New York. Resistance at $1.0579, with support at $1.0450. * The New Zealand dollar ...
Aussie & NZ dollars hold gains, Greek deal in focus WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars stayed firm near multi-week highs on Monday, displaying yet again resilience to a cautious mood as Greece is still in negotiations to strike a crucial debt swap deal to avoid a messy default. The Aussie consolidated at $1.0486, against $1.0484 late in New York on Friday, having touched an 11-week peak of $1.0495 earlier in the session. Analysts cited chart resistance at $1.0496, a major retracement level, but said ...
Aussie & NZ dollars kept in check by stronger euro        WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars struggled to extend gains on Friday as a broadly stronger euro triggered a wave of short covering sales on cross rates. The Aussie little changed at $1.0400 from  $1.0407 in New York, up 1.2 pct this week. Aussie held back by option expiries at $1.0400/10 and by euro/AUD short covering. Support seen at $1.0370, Thursday's daily low, with resistance at around $1.0450, the 11-week peak set on Tuesday. The NZ dollar steady ...
Euro enjoys short squeeze, Aussie eyes jobs data SYDNEY: The euro and commodity currencies got off to a positive start in Asia on Thursday, following solid gains overnight after news the IMF wanted to bolster its war chest to help tackle the euro zone debt crisis shored up risk sentiment. The euro rose as high as $1.2867, from $1.2855 late in New York, putting even more distance from a 16-month trough of $1.2624 plumbed at the start of the week. A break above the ...
Aussie & NZ dollars off highs on euro, EZ debt auctions eyed        SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held near record highs on the euro and nudged up on the greenback on Wednesday as investors were buoyed by a raft of upbeat data, ahead of European bond sales. While a broadly firmer euro held off recent lows against the Antipodean currencies, it still remained dangerously close. It inched up 0.2 percent to A$1.2275 on the Aussie, from an all-time trough of A$1.2222 hit offshore. Against the ...


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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
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