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The Aussie Dollar Rises as Central Banks Keep Interest Rates Steady

Australia’s dollar touched its highest level in more than four months after the Reserve Bank keptinterest rates unchanged and said current policy settings are “appropriate.”

The so-called Aussie rose against most major peers after RBA Governor Glenn Stevens and his board said in a statement from Sydney the nation’s growth is close to trend. New Zealand’s currency maintained a three-day gain as Asian stocks extended a global rally, supporting demand for riskier assets.

“I think the RBA hasn’t really set out a case for lowering interest rates, so I suspect that’s probably maybe a surprise to the markets,” said Annette Beacher, head of Asia-Pacific research at TD Securities in Singapore. The overall statement “seemed to be quite bullish for the Aussie dollar.”

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