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Rupiah at 3-week high as Indonesia gets new president; Asia FX gains SINGAPORE: The Indonesia rupiah led gains among emerging Asian currencies on Monday, hitting a three-week peak on higher stocks and bond prices as hopes over the new president's economic reforms grew.Emerging Asian currencies rose as solid US data and corporate earnings calmed concerns over a global economic slowdown. Regional equity markets also rallied.The rupiah gained as much as 0.9 percent to 11,994 per dollar, its strongest since Sept. 26. Jakarta shares advanced 1.2 percent. Government bond yields slumped with the 10-year yield down to 8.101 percent, its lowest since Sept. 9.Reform-minded Joko Widodo earlier in the day took over as president of Southeast Asia's top economy."Foreign and local banks sold dollar/rupiah on today's big event, Jokowi's inauguration," said a Jakarta-based currency trader referring to Widodo.Last week, the rupiah was the best-performing emerging Asian currency with a 0.9 percent gain against the dollar, according to Thomson Reuters data.A Widodo adviser told ...

Indian rupee gains on rise in shares, robust US data MUMBAI: The Indian rupee gained on Friday as a rise in local shares along with positive US unemployment and industrial output data helped sentiment, but traders remain cautious given the uncertainties about global economic growth. On the week, however, the rupee fell, declining in five of the last six weeks. Markets will be shut next Thursday and Friday due to national holidays. All eyes are now on Chinese growth data due next week. Global markets ...

Sri Lanka rupee forwards end tad weaker on importer dollar demand COLOMBO: Sri Lankan rupee forwards ended slightly weaker on Friday on importer dollar demand while the spot rupee was not traded except for swap deals after the central bank through moral suasion prevented banks from trading the spot currency in the past week, dealers said. The central bank held the key policy rates steady as expected before the market opened on Friday, a day after its head said a reversal of the falling trend in ...

Yen retreats as risk appetite returns, eyes on Yellen LONDON: The yen edged down on Friday as comments from a Federal Reserve policymaker helped revive some appetite for risk, with investors focused on a speech later by Fed chief Janet Yellen. European stocks, oil and peripheral euro zone bonds, rebounded after being hammered this week, while the safe-haven Japanese currency lost ground.The riskier Australian dollar gained 0.5 percent to trade at 93.58 yen. Having hit an 11-month high against the euro on the previous ...

C$ firms as markets steady, oil prices rise TORONTO: The Canadian dollar firmed modestly against the greenback on Friday, taking its cue from calmer global markets and a rise in oil prices at the end of a volatile week.The loonie gave a muted reaction to data that showed Canada's inflation rate came in at the Bank of Canada's target of 2 percent in September, reinforcing analysts' expectations that the central bank will maintain its neutral stance in its policy statement next week.The Canadian ...

Dollar edges higher on strong US consumer sentiment data NEW YORK: The US dollar edged higher against a basket of major currencies on Friday after strong data on US consumer sentiment calmed nerves after a week of severe market volatility.The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 86.4, the highest since July 2007 and marking an unexpected gain. "Obviously, some of the momentum in the economy is continuing, despite what Wall Street tells you," ...

Turkish lira at 3-week high amid improved emerging market sentiment ISTANBUL: Turkey's lira hit a three-week high on Friday despite tensions still running high on its southern border with Syria, as emerging markets rebounded on comments suggesting US policymakers favour delaying an interest rate hike. The lira firmed to 2.2470 against the dollar by 1440 GMT from 2.2670 late on Thursday. It was its firmest level since Sept. 25. The main share index closed up 1.28 percent to 75,533, outperforming the broader emerging markets index ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,399.67 0.12
Arrow Nasdaq 4,316.07 1.35
Arrow S&P 1,904.01 0.91
Arrow FTSE 6,267.07 0.68
Arrow DAX 8,717.76 1.50
Arrow CAC-40 3,991.24 1.04
Arrow Nikkei 15,111.23 3.98
Arrow H.Seng 23,070.26 0.20
Arrow Sensex 26,429.85 1.23

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln