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Egyptian pound steady on official market, weaker on black market CAIRO: Egypt's central bank kept the pound steady at 7.53 to the dollar at a foreign exchange auction on Sunday, while the currency weakened slightly on the black market. The central bank has kept the official exchange rate steady for more than two months after letting the pound weaken at the start of the year. This and other measures have combined to reduce black market trading dramatically. The bank said it offered $40 million at auction on Sunday and sold $38.2 million at a cut-off price of 7.5301 pounds per dollar, unchanged from its last auction on Thursday. The rates at which banks are allowed to trade dollars are determined by the results of official auctions, giving the central bank effective control over exchange rates. A trader in the parallel market said the pound was trading at 7.67 pounds to the dollar on Sunday, from 7.66 on Thursday. Black market ...

C$ at strongest level since January on domestic data TORONTO: The Canadian dollar hit its strongest level against its US counterpart since January on Friday, after a surprise jump in domestic inflation and strong retail sales data.The rate of inflation rose 1.2 percent in March, lifted by higher food prices as a decline in gasoline prices moderated, data from Statistics Canada showed.Meanwhile, retail sales snapped a two-month slide.The data pair adds to a feeling in the market that the Bank of Canada can hold ...

Dollar rallies from 3-week low vs yen as US inflation rises NEW YORK: The dollar rebounded from a three-week low against the yen and a 10-day trough against a currency basket on Friday, bolstered by data showing inflation starting to creep into the US economy, a development that should keep the Federal Reserve on track to lift interest rates this year.The inflation data, however, did not change the market's expectation for the timing of a Fed rate hike, especially after recent soft US economic figures.Analysts are ...

South Africa's rand falls on US inflation data, power cuts JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand fell to a one-week low against the dollar on Friday as the greenback was bolstered by US inflation data that raised hopes of a rate hike, while local power cuts and anti-immigrant unrest hit sentiment. At 1428 GMT, the rand was trading 0.71 percent weaker at 12.0480 to the dollar compared with its closing level on Thursday and also at its softest levels since April 9, according to Thomson Reuters data."What ...

Russian rouble plunges 5pc as rate cut expectations mount MOSCOW: The Russian rouble plunged over 5 percent on Friday ad a recent rally ran out of steam and markets digested the probability that the central bank will soon cut its main lending rate again. At 1500 GMT, the rouble was 5.1 percent weaker against the dollar at 52.44 and had lost 5.2 percent to 56.48 versus the euro. Friday's sell-off followed a strong rebound in the rouble this month, which had pushed the dollar's ...

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 ...

China's yuan firms on improved sentiment, set to rise 0.25pc for week SHANGHAI: China's yuan firmed against the dollar for the third straight session on Friday after the central bank fixed its daily guidance rate to more than two-month high, further strengthening views that the yuan will remain stable, traders said.For the week, the currency is set to rise 0.25 percent if it closes at the current level, reversing the previous week's loss of 0.2 percent.The People's Bank of China (PBOC) set the midpoint rate at 6.1267 ...


ArrowDJIA 17,826.30 1.54
ArrowNasdaq 4,931.82 1.52
ArrowS&P 2,081.18 1.13
ArrowFTSE 6,994.60 0.93
ArrowDAX 11,688.70 2.58
ArrowCAC-40 5,143.26 1.55
ArrowNikkei 19,652.88 1.17
ArrowH.Seng 27,653.12 0.31
ArrowSensex 28,442.10 0.78

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