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Australian & NZ bonds track global rally, currencies subdued SYDNEY: Australian and New Zealand government bonds surged on Thursday, tracking a global rally on heightened speculation the European Central Bank (ECB) was preparing an easing package.In contrast, both Antipodean currencies were little changed in subdued trade. The Aussie was steady at $0.9365 and still stuck in a tight $0.9203-$0.9410 range after again failing to sustain a break above 94 cents. Support was seen at $0.9334, the 50 percent retracement of the April-May fall. The currency was hovering near six-month highs against the euro, which has come under pressure following a Reuters report that the ECB is preparing a package of policy options for its June meeting, including cuts in all its interest rates. That, combined with the Bank of England head dousing expectations of near-term monetary tightening, sparked a bond rally worldwide. Australian government bond futures surged with the three-year bond contract up 5 ticks to 97.190, near a ...

Aussie & kiwi steady vs dollar and euro; China data, Australian budget in focus SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held gains versus their US counterpart and euro on Tuesday, with markets awaiting Chinese data and the Australian government's annual budget expected to be the toughest in 20 years. The Aussie was steady at $0.9354, not far from a one-month peak of $0.9395 set on Thursday. Support was seen at $0.9334, the 50 percent retracement of the April-May fall, with resistance around $0.9400.It hovered near one-month highs against ...
Australian & NZ dollars hold near one month highs vs euro SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar consolidated recent gains versus the US dollar and euro on Monday with markets awaiting the Australian government's 2014/15 budget expected to show a deficit of around A$30 billion. The New Zealand dollar found a steadier footing after three sessions of decline. The Aussie edged lower to $0.9355, from $0.9362 in New York on Friday, having gained nearly 1 percent last week.It stood near a one-month peak of $0.9395 set Thursday with ...
NZ dollar faces selling as markets trim rate rise bets WELLINGTON: Growing signs that the New Zealand dollar could be in for a fall may grant the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's wish for a softer currency without the need for intervention in the foreign exchange market that it threatened this week. In a speech on Wednesday, RBNZ Governor Graeme Wheeler said the central bank could sell the "kiwi" dollar, which has soared to a post-float high against a currency basket, if economic fundamentals no ...
Australia dollar shines after upbeat data, NZ dollar struggles SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar received a fillip on Thursday from upbeat data in Australia and China, while the New Zealand dollar still nursed losses following a threat of intervention by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The Aussie rose half a cent to $0.9374, though it faces tough resistance at $0.9400, the 76.4 percent retracement of the April-May fall. It was pulling closer to this year's peak of $0.9461, having gained 5 percent since Jan. ...
Kiwi rattled by central bank warning, dollar steadies LONDON: The New Zealand dollar was the main mover on developed currency markets overnight, falling more than half a cent after its central bank warned it could intervene against a currency boosted by rises in official interest rates. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has led its peers this year in raising interest rates, driving a 13 percent rally for the kiwi against the US dollar since last August. The US dollar's failure so far ...
Dollar wallowing close to recent lows as Yellen awaited TOKYO/SYDNEY: The US dollar languished close to six-month lows against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, as investors braced for the possibility that dovish comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen could further undermine the greenback.Yellen is widely expected to hammer home the Fed's dovish position at her congressional hearings on Wednesday and Thursday, even after last Friday's upbeat US payrolls report."She might be more confident about the US labor market, but I think ...


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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 15, 2014
Reserves $14.264 bln