The New Zealand Dollar traded sharply lower versus its major counterparts as disappointing employment data came across the newswires prompting Forex traders to unwind their high yielding positions in the kiwi on speculation the RBNZ may issue a rate reduction effectively diminishing the currencies most attractive feature. The unemployment rate in New Zealand increased to 7.3 percent in the third quarter up from 6.8 percent in the second quarter while the participation rate remained at 68.4 percent.
Greek lawmakers approved a multibillion-euro austerity package early Thursday in an effort to win more bailout funds, but the measures also threaten to deepen the country's brutal recession and destabilize the country's fragile three-party coalition government. Greece's parliament must also approve a troika-approved 2013 national budget in a separate vote set for Sunday.
in Japan machine orders fell by 4.3 percent in September marking the second consecutive month of fading industrial activity while the trade deficit narrowed to -471.3 billion yen in September down from -644.5 billion the prior month.
The Australian Dollar found support as the Aussie economy added 10,700 new jobs in October, but failed to drag the unemployment rate down from 5.4 percent. 18,700 workers found full time work where 8,000 part timers lost their pay.