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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 , which was up 0.61 percent. The 10-year benchmark bond yield inched down to 9.08 percent from Thursday's 9.11 percent. Copyright Reuters, 2014

Kenya shilling weakens ahead of long weekend, stocks edge lower NAIROBI: The Kenyan shilling weakened against the dollar on Friday as traders bought US currency to square positions before a long weekend, while stocks edged lower.The shilling closed at 89.10/89.20 on Friday, weaker than Thursday's close at 88.90/89.00.A senior trader at a Nairobi-based commercial bank said that after several days of volatile market conditions investors were squaring positions as the markets will be shut on Monday for a national holiday."If you look at the offshore ...

Yen ticks up in Asia on global economy jitters TOKYO: The yen edged higher in Asia on Friday, wiping out early losses, as ongoing worries about the global economy offset a positive batch of data out of the United States.In Tokyo afternoon trading, the dollar slipped to 106.17 yen from 106.33 yen in New York while the euro eased to 135.88 yen from 136.19 yen.The single currency also eased to $1.2798 from $1.2809.After equity markets were hammered this week by growing fears over the ...

Dollar gains on better US economic data NEW YORK: The dollar rallied against the euro and the yen Thursday, after newly-released data suggested the US economy remains comparatively strong.The Department of Labor reported that initial US jobless claims for the week ending October 11 fell to 264,000, the lowest level since 2000.Then the Federal Reserve said US industrial production rose a robust 1.0 percent in September, recovering from an unexpected drop in August.The two reports helped counteract disappointing data earlier in the ...

NZ dollar falls briefly on RBNZ statement, rebounds WELLINGTON: The New Zealand dollar briefly slipped to a session low on Friday, but quickly recouped its losses amid market speculation that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand had warned against strength in the domestic currency.The kiwi fell roughly half a cent to $0.7878, before recovering to around $0.7930 when market participants acknowledged that an announcement on changes to the RBNZ's currency basket did not contain a statement on currency strength."The Reserve Bank updated their ...

Australia & NZ dollars subdued, but outperform USD on week SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were subdued on Friday, but on track to post their best weekly gain in several months on the greenback as global growth worries have led investors to push out the likely timing of a US interest rate hike.The Aussie edged up 0.2 percent to $0.8777, and was up more than 1 percent on the week - its biggest gain in six months. Since falling to a four-year trough ...

Egyptian pound steady on official, weaker on black market CAIRO: Egypt's pound held steady at a central bank dollar sale on Thursday, when the bank said it sold $37.6 million at a cut-off price of 7.1401 pounds per dollar.The price was unchanged from Wednesday's sale.In the unofficial market, the pound was trading at 7.45 to the dollar, weaker than Wednesday's rate of 7.40 to the dollar, one trader said.The rate for dollar sales has stayed in a tight range since the beginning of June, ...


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