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Australian dollar takes a breather, NZD up for 3rd session SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar conserved its energy on Tuesday after repeatedly failing to break resistance above 93 cents, while the New Zealand dollar's relatively high interest rates helped it climb for a third straight session. The Aussie was firm at $0.9282, within sight of a 4-1/2-month peak of $0.9310 touched last week.The 93 cent barrier has proved a major obstacle to bulls, who have failed four times to sustain a break. Still, the Aussie managed to hit its highest in more than four months against a basket of currencies at 71.4. Against the yen, the Aussie eased to 95.40, having run out of steam at a 10-month peak of 96.52 hit last week. A break below 95.25 would target the 38.2 percent retracement of the 91.00-96.52 rally at 94.40. "It gained 500 points in the space of two weeks to find reasonable support around 96 yen," said a trader at ...

Australia, NZ dollars hold near highs vs USD and euro SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held near recent highs versus their US counterpart and the euro on Monday as upbeat local data and talk about stimulus measures in Europe encouraged investors to buy riskier assets. The Aussie hovered around $0.9285, near a triple top around $0.9308-10, the highest level since November. A break above that level would target key resistance at $0.9340, the 61.8 percent retracement of the October-January fall. Underpinning the Aussie ...
Euro knocked lower by dovish ECB, US jobs data next SYDNEY: The euro traded at one-month lows against the dollar early on Friday, having suffered a bit of a setback after the European Central Bank notched up its dovish rhetoric following a widely expected decision to leave interest rates unchanged.ECB President Mario Draghi said the Governing Council was unanimous in its commitment to also using "unconventional instruments within its mandate in order to cope effectively with risks of a too prolonged period of low inflation".Long ...
Australia and NZ dollars dip after soft data, profit taking SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were lower against the US dollar on Wednesday as a mix of soft data and profit taking knocked the commodity currencies off recent highs. The Aussie was around $0.9232 from $0.9246 in late New York trade, after it had scaled a four-and-a-half month high of $0.9310 on Tuesday in the aftermath of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) monthly policy review. The central bank, as expected, held rates ...
Australian & NZ dollars gain vs yen, eye RBA & China SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars consolidated recent gains on Monday, with the kiwi hitting a six-year high on the yen, though progress was capped by stiff resistance and caution ahead of key economic data in China later this week. The Aussie was holding at $0.9246, half a cent below Friday's 16-month peak of $0.9296, as the failure to break above 93 cents encouraged investors to book profits. Support is seen at $0.9214. Major ...
Australia & NZ dollars maintain solid momentum against US dollar & euro SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar held firm near four-month peaks against its US counterpart and the euro on Thursday, while another set of upbeat data gave the high-flying New Zealand dollar a boost.The Aussie remained sturdy at $0.9224, not far from a four-month peak of $0.9245 set overnight. On a trade-weighted basis, it rose to 70.5, its highest since November. The next level of resistance is found at the 61.8 percent of the October-January fall at ...
Australian dollar breaks resistance to hit 2014 high SYDNEY: The Australian dollar rose on Tuesday to its highest level this year, driven by stop-loss buying that pushed it through several resistance levels and gave the New Zealand dollar a leg-up. The Aussie climbed as far as $0.9158, a peak not seen since mid-December, and was last at $0.9147. On a trade-weighted basis, it rose to its highest since November at 70.1. The next major resistance is seen at $0.9210, the 50 percent retracement ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln