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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 resistance is expected at $0.9340, the 61.8 percent retracement of the October-January fall, with daily moving averages suggesting the Aussie would trend higher.The Aussie has gained 3.5 percent this month, which if sustained, it would be the largest monthly increase since October.At a policy review on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is considered certain to keep rates at 2.5 percent, where they have been since August last year. Attention will be focused on ...

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 ...
Australia & NZ dollars dip modestly on disappointing China factory activity SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars edged lower on Monday after a disappointing Chinese manufacturing report added to worries of a marked slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The Aussie slipped to $0.9070, from $0.9084 in early trade, after a private survey showed activity in China's factories shrank for a fifth straight month in March as output and new orders both weakened. The Australian dollar is sensitive to news out of China, its key ...
Dollar rally pauses as markets await Fed speakers SYDNEY: The U.S. dollar hovered near a three-week peak against a basket of major currencies early on Friday, but could struggle to extend gains as investors awaited more clarity on the Federal Reserve's policy path.Fed officials including Richard Fisher, James Bullard and Narayana Kocherlakota are all due to speak later on Friday, after Fed Chair Janet Yellen surprised markets mid-week by suggesting the possibility of raising interest rates early next year.U.S. yields have all moved ...
Australia & NZ dollars stung by Fed comments SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were in retreat on Thursday after markets brought forward expectations of interest rate hike in the United States, sending bonds and stocks skidding. The Aussie slipped to $0.9007, having fallen 1 percent overnight after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank might end its bond-buying program this fall, and could start to raise interest rates around six months later. The US dollar jumped across the board ...
Australia & NZ dollars near multi-month highs vs USD as Fed review looms SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars held near multi-month highs on Wednesday as risk appetite improved and the market wagered on a dovish outcome from the US Federal Reserve's two-day meeting. The Aussie scaled a three-month peak of $0.9138 to last trade at $0.9126. Key chart resistance was found at $0.9147, the 200-day moving average. It was recently buffeted by the crisis in Ukraine and slowing growth in China, Australia's key export market. Yet ...


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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln