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Australian and NZ dollars fade as data hurts  WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar was hemmed in around a one-month low on Thursday as weak data at home and stronger US jobs numbers weighed, dragging the New Zealand dollar to a three-week low in its wake.   * The Australian dollar sits around $1.0210 just above its Sept 6 lows, and little changed from its late local level on Wednesday. It ranged a relatively tight $1.0196 to $1.0235 range overnight.   * The Aussie has lost around a cent and a half since Tuesday's rate cut. The September low of $1.0165 sits as solid support, with the 100 day moving average around $1.0242 slowing the upside ahead of $1.0298.   * The New Zealand dollar at $0.8190 from Wednesday's $0.8215 having been dragged lower in the downdraft of the falling Aussie. Kiwi decline on the cross rate against the Aussie due to profit taking also weighs as does narrowing yield gap with the US   * The kiwi ...

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 ...
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 ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
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Reserves $17.75 bln