Monday, September 7, 2009

Aussie and Kiwi Dollars Near One Year High After G20 Meeting

Australian, N.Z. Dollars Near One-Year High After G-20 Meeting

By Candice Zachariahs

Sept. 7 (Bloomberg) The Australian and New Zealand dollars traded near the strongest levels in a year as the Group of 20’s pledge to maintain economic stimulus boosted demand for higher-yielding assets.

The currencies extended last week’s gain versus the greenback after reports showed Australia’s building industry shrank at a slower pace and house prices in New Zealand climbed for a fourth month. Australia’s dollar advanced for a fourth day versus the yen after an industry report showed job vacancies rose in August for the first time in 16 months.

“The market has taken a little comfort from the strength with which the commitment to keeping the stimulus in place was talked about,” John Horner, a foreign-exchange strategist at Deutsche Bank AG in Sydney, said in a Bloomberg Television interview. “That’s going to underpin risk currencies like the Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar.”

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