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Russian rouble turns negative after setting new 2015 highs MOSCOW: The rouble hit fresh 2015 highs early on Wednesday as Russian exporters sold foreign currencies to pay monthly taxes, before falling back sharply after these taxes had been paid.At 1545 GMT, the rouble was down 0.2 percent against the dollar at 57.80 and 0.6 percent weaker at 63.39 versus the euro.The Russian currency had traded as much as 2 percent higher on the day, setting a new 2015 peaks of 56.61 per dollar and 62.09 per euro, but it dropped towards evening after major taxes had been paid. Mineral extraction tax, value-added tax and excise duties fell due on Wednesday.In a sign that the monthly tax cycle is currently playing a bigger role than the oil price, the rouble had strengthened despite oil weakening in the morning then fell back as crude prices rose. International benchmark Brent crude was up 0.8 percent on the day at $55.57 per barrel.The ...

Sterling weaker on subdued inflation outlook, looming election LONDON: Sterling fell against the euro on Wednesday, hitting a one-month low as investors pushed back expectations of interest rate hikes amid growing talk that inflation in Britain will stay low for sometime to come.Annual inflation in Britain dropped to zero in February and investors are factoring in the chance of a first rate hike in mid-2016, having pushed it back from early 2016 last week.BoE policymaker Kristin Forbes said on Wednesday that the low ...

FX options indicate big euro/dollar swings may pause LONDON: Recent sharp swings in the euro/dollar exchange rate have not been matched by moves in the currency options market, as a cautious outlook from the U.S. Federal Reserve pushes back expectations of when rates will rise.The euro, which hit a 12-year low of $1.04570 the day before the Fed meeting began, jumped to a high of $1.10625 in the hours after Fed Chair Janet Yellen hinted on March 18 that interest rates would not ...

Sri Lankan rupee forwards firmer on inward remittances COLOMBO: Sri Lankan rupee forwards ended firmer on Wednesday as dollar inflows from remittances outpaced importer demand for the greenback, dealers said.Actively traded two-week rupee forwards ended at 133.70/77 per dollar compared to Tuesday's close of 133.75/85."Dollar selling pressure is there as the seasonal remittances are picking up slowly," said a currency dealer on condition of anonymity.Sri Lanka sees a rise in inward remittances ahead of the Sinhala-Tamil new year on April 14 as expatriates ...

C$ moderately firmer on softer US$, higher crude prices TORONTO: The Canadian dollar was modestly firmer against the US dollar on Wednesday, supported by higher oil prices and weak US data that further pressured the broadly softer greenback.The US dollar, which had rallied for months, and weak global demand likely dragged on US business investment spending plans, which fell for a sixth straight month in February. The durable goods report is the latest data to suggest economic growth has slowed and could prompt economists ...

Dollar slips further after weak US durable goods data NEW YORK: The US dollar fell against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data combined with a robust survey of German business morale to drive more unwinding of bullish dollar bets.The euro rose above $1.10 for a second straight session after the Commerce Department said non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft dropped 1.4 percent last month after a revised 0.1 percent dip in January.The report was the latest data to ...

Egyptian pound steady on official, black markets CAIRO: Egypt's central bank kept the pound steady at 7.53 pounds to the dollar at a foreign exchange auction on Wednesday, and the domestic currency was also stable on the black market.The central bank has kept the official exchange rate steady for more than a month after letting the pound weaken in an attempt to wipe out black-market trading.The bank said it offered $40 million at auction and sold $38.7 million at a cut-off price ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.23 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 4,863.36 0.27
Arrow S&P 2,056.15 0.24
Arrow FTSE 6,895.33 1.37
Arrow DAX 11,843.66 0.18
Arrow CAC-40 5,006.35 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 19,471.12 1.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,497.08 0.13
Arrow Sensex 27,457.58 2.33

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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln