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Australian and NZ dollars rise on euro, lag on USD SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars extended gains versus the euro as more easing by the European Central Bank and the ongoing Greek debt crisis dented appetite for the common currency.They had less luck against a firm US dollar with the Aussie sluggish at $0.7826, not far from a three-week low of $0.7804 set on Monday. Support was found at a major retracement level of $0.7775.It has shed more than 3 cents since it peaked above 81 cents earlier this month. Much of the slide is due to a broadly stronger US dollar on expectations of an interest rate hike later in the year by the Federal Reserve.Even a bounce in iron ore prices has left Aussie dollar bulls cold. The mineral, Australia's top export earner, jumped 6 percent in three sessions.The Antipodean currencies fared better against a wobbly euro which fell to A$1.3981, from Monday's peak of A$1.4077. ...

NZ Q1 jobless rate flat, wages contained  WELLINGTON: New Zealand's jobless rate was unchanged in the first quarter as the number of jobs created roughly matched the growth in thee workforce, while wage costs remained contained, backing views the central bank can hold rates for the forseeable future.The unemployment rate was steady at 5.8 percent, with about 16,000 jobs created, while the participation rate hit a record high of 69.4, according to official data on Wednesday.Statistics New Zealand said it had revised ...
Australian, NZ dollars on track to post hefty weekly gains SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars hovered near three-week highs on Friday, buoyed by broad weakness in their US counterpart and an upbeat Australian job report, putting them on track for hefty gains this week.The Australian dollar nudged lower at $0.7773, from $0.7802 early, but was still up 1.4 percent this week in a rare consecutive week of gains. It has added 2.4 percent in April which, if sustained, would be the largest monthly ...
Australia, NZ dollars seen lower as rates diverge SYDNEY: Analysts have again lowered forecasts for the Australian dollar to reflect expectations of falling interest rates, as central banks across the globe ease monetary policy to support sputtering economies and ward off deflation. A Reuters poll of 50 analysts saw the Aussie edging down to 73 cents on a 12-month horizon, compared to 74 cents in the March poll.It hit a six-year trough of $0.7534 last week and remains vulnerable on expectations of more ...
Dollar prevails as euro, sterling hit rocky road SYDNEY: The dollar hovered at three week highs against a basket of major currencies early on Friday as the hapless euro extended its decline and disappointing trade data knocked sterling lower. The euro fell as far as $1.0637, reaching a low last seen on March 19. It last stood at $1.0665, down more than 3 percent from Monday's peak of $1.1036."It's hard to avoid the conclusion that carry trades are playing a part. Note that ...
Australia & NZ dollars on the defensive, weak commodities drag SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar lurched towards a six-year trough on Thursday, continuing to falter as sliding iron ore prices bolstered expectations for a cut in interest rates next week.The Aussie reached a session low of $0.7575, edging ever closer to the trough of $0.7561 set in March. It last stood at $0.7595, down 0.1 percent on the day.Debt markets imply a 77 percent chance of a quarter point easing on April 7, when the Reserve ...
Aussie dollar hits 10-day low on lower iron ore prices, rate cut bets LONDON: The Australian dollar fell over a percent to a ten-day low against its U.S. counterpart on Monday, hit by persistent weakness in iron ore prices and speculation of an April cut in Australian interest rates.Chinese iron ore futures fell for the fourth consecutive session on tepid demand in the world's top consumer and growing supplies by global miners put the raw material in check. Iron ore is Australia's top export earner.The Aussie dollar was ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 05, 2015
Reserves $18.349 bln