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South Africa JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand held steady against the dollar on Wednesday in anticipation of further stimulus for the US economy, but the prospect of a nationwide strike in the country's mining sector could weigh on the currency in the days ahead. At 0714 GMT, the rand traded at 8.1800 to the dollar, little changed from Tuesday's New York close of 8.1710. The market is awaiting the German Constitutional Court's ruling on the euro zone's bailout fund on Wednesday and a Fed meeting on Thursday, which could result in another round of bond buying to aid the US economic recovery. Traders said expectations of quantitative easing have benefited the rand and other emerging market currencies while putting pressure on the dollar. "Today and tomorrow will be crucial for most emerging markets and the rand especially," said William van Rijn, a currency trader at Nedbank. "For the moment the tone is rather dollar negative across the board ...

Swiss franc slips vs euro ahead of German ruling  ZURICH: The Swiss franc slipped against the euro on Wednesday as the single currency rose to a four-month peak against the dollar on optimism that a German court will approve the legality of the euro zone's bailout fund later in the day. The franc had traded largely in tandem with the single currency after the Swiss National Bank capped it a year ago at 1.20 per euro to stave off the threat of deflation and recession ...

Dollar hits 4-month low after Moody TOKYO: The dollar hit a four-month low against a basket of currencies on Wednesday, hurt by expectations of more US monetary easing and a warning from Moody's the previous day that it could cut the credit rating of the United States. The euro touched a four-month high against the dollar, getting an added lift after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was quoted by Finnish newspapers as saying Spain is considering asking for help from the European ...

Euro gains in Asia before German court ruling  TOKYO: The euro rose in Asian trade on Wednesday ahead of a German court ruling on the eurozone's bailout fund, while the dollar was mixed on speculation about further easing by the US Federal Reserve. The common European currency bought $1.2855 and 100.18 yen, compared with $1.2848 and 99.88 yen in New York trade late Tuesday. The dollar was at 77.88 yen, from 77.73 yen in US trade where the greenback had earlier touched 77.71 yen, its ...

Euro rises ahead of German court ESM ruling  NEW YORK: The euro gained against the dollar Tuesday amid rising expectations that a German court will rule in favor of the eurozone rescue fund and the Federal Reserve will take new easing measures. At 2100 GMT, the euro was at $1.2848, compared to $1.2758 on Monday. The dollar fell against the yen, to 77.73 yen from 78.27 yen, while the euro was barely higher against the Japanese currency, rising to 99.88 yen. Markets were focused on the ...

South Africa JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand followed the euro and firmed against the dollar on Tuesday despite the local current account recording its largest deficit in nearly four years in the second quarter. The euro advanced to a four-month high against the dollar on increased expectations a German court will back the euro zone bailout fund, while the greenback fell broadly on speculation the Federal Reserve will ease monetary policy further this week to boost a slumping US ...

Latam currencies gain on Fed bets, Moody SAO PAULO: Latin American currencies gained on Tuesday as a Moody's warning on US credit ratings weighed on the dollar globally, adding to bets the greenback will further underperform higher-yielding currencies as central banks deploy additional stimulus measures. The Brazilian real erased part of its gains to trade at 2.0177, however, after traders said the central bank was considering selling reverse currency swap contracts to stop the currency from strengthening past the level of 2 per ...


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Arrow DJIA 16,408.54 0.10
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Arrow Nikkei 14,516.27 0.68
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