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euro rate flat, yen lower as Ukraine crisis simmers NEW YORK: The dollar-euro exchange rate was virtually unchanged for a second day Thursday while the yen slipped again amid worries about the simmering Ukraine crisis.A deal struck in talks in Geneva between the US, European Union, Ukraine and Russia to ease the crisis took some of the short-term worries out of the market, where traders in many forex centers including London and New York were to start the Easter weekend holiday on Friday.The parties in the Geneva talks agreed to restore security in eastern Ukraine, where forces from Kiev had moved to oust armed pro-Russia separatists from government buildings they had occupied."Not all of the positivity surrounding the dollar was Ukraine-based, though, as a flotilla of encouraging North American economic releases revealed themselves," said Neal Gilbert of noted modestly strong data from the US -- on manufacturing in the Philadelphia region and on jobs -- and a rise ...

Kenya shilling steady, seen vulnerable after Easter NAIROBI: The Kenyan shilling was steady on Thursday, but traders said the currency was vulnerable and could weaken next week as month's end demand for dollars increases.At the 0746 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 86.85/95 to the dollar from Wednesday's close of 86.80/90.The shilling touched 87.00/87.10 on Tuesday, its weakest in more than three months, and some traders said the currency was likely to weaken to that level after the Easter holiday, when ...

Sri Lankan rupee steady in dull trade; stocks gain COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee traded steady on Thursday in dull trade as many factories were closed for business after the Sinhala-Tamil new year ahead of a long weekend, dealers said. The spot rupee was at 130.60/65 per dollar at 0740 GMT. "It is almost a dead market because there is no trade at all due to the holiday mood," a currency dealer said on condition of anonymity. Both currency and stock markets will be ...

South Africa's rand, gov't bonds hold steady before long weekend JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand firmed within a recent range on Thursday, trading sideways for a second session as investors avoided taking big positions ahead of a long weekend. The rand was at 10.5400 to the dollar at 0647 GMT, 0.25 percent off a 10.5665 close in New York on Wednesday and trading within levels set two sessions ago. Government bonds tracked the currency's moves and yields were just a notch firmer on the 2026 and ...

Sterling trade-weighted index at highest since late 2008 LONDON: Sterling trade-weighted index was at its highest level since late 2008 on Thursday, buoyed by the pound's gains against the dollar and the euro after strong UK data bolstered expectations of an interest rate hike early next year. The pound hit its highest level since late 2009 in Asian trade of $1.6838 and was last trading at $1.6830, up 0.2 percent on the day. Sterling was also helped by a weak dollar. The euro ...

Dollar lower in Asia after upbeat data, Beige Book TOKYO: The dollar drifted lower in Asia Thursday as upbeat US data and dovish comments from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen suggested the central bank would hold steady on the pace of its stimulus tapering.In Tokyo afternoon trade, the greenback slipped to 102.02 yen from 102.25 yen in New York on Wednesday.The euro rose to $1.3837 from $1.3815, while it weakened to 141.17 yen from 141.28 yen.In other trading, the British pound rose to $1.6831, ...

Yen reclaims lost ground against dollar, euro TOKYO/SYDNEY: The yen bounced back from a one-week low against the dollar on Thursday, with investors taking their cues from recently volatile Japanese equities, though activity was thin as investors wound down trading ahead of the Easter holidays. The dollar bought 102.01 yen, down 0.2 percent on the day and moving back toward last Friday's 3-1/2-week low of 101.32 yen. It rose as high as 102.37 yen in the previous session after the Nikkei stock ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,501.65 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 4,126.97 0.83
Arrow S&P 1,875.39 0.22
Arrow FTSE 6,674.74 0.11
Arrow DAX 9,544.19 0.58
Arrow CAC-40 4,451.08 0.74
Arrow Nikkei 14,546.27 1.09
Arrow H.Seng 22,509.64 0.97
Arrow Sensex 22,876.54 0.52

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