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Iraq insurgency, higher oil hurt Asia FX; rupee hits 6-week low SINGAPORE: Most emerging Asian currencies fell on Monday as the Iraqi insurgency lifted oil prices and dented investor appetite for riskier assets, while the Indian rupee hit a six-week low.The Chinese yuan eased after the central bank set a weaker midpoint, putting further pressure on regional units.The rupee lost up to 0.8 percent to 60.23 per dollar, its weakest since May 6, after data showing India's wholesale prices-based inflation in May accelerated to a five-month high of 6.01 percent.Indonesia's rupiah slid as local shares fell 0.8 percent, underperforming regional peers. The currency's non-deliverable forwards broadly weakened on worries about the impact of higher oil prices on a current account deficit and inflation.Offshore funds sold the South Korean won.Sunni insurgents seized a mainly ethnic Turkmen city in northwestern Iraq on Sunday after heavy fighting, raising concerns over disruption to oil exports from OPEC's second-largest producer.Asian shares fell as geopolitical tensions impelled ...

Yen, Swiss franc rise on Iraq concerns, pound at 5-year high vs dollar LONDON: The yen and the Swiss franc rose on Monday, with the Japanese currency trading near a four-month high against the euro as investors sought a safe haven amid escalating conflict in Iraq. Sterling, meanwhile, hit five-year highs against the dollar , rising above option barriers at $1.70, with investors betting that the Bank of England will tighten monetary policy before the end of the year. The dollar fell 0.2 percent to 101.80 yen, moving ...

China's yuan slips as PBOC signals range-bound trading SHANGHAI: China's yuan weakened slightly against the dollar on Monday after the central bank set a weaker midpoint in what traders said was the PBOC signalling is not seeking to bolster the yen -despite the Chinese currency's recent strength.The yuan staged its biggest weekly rise of 0.6 percent sincelate 2011 last week after the People's Bank of China (PBOC) fixed a series of strong midpoints to reflect increased dollar supply in the domestic market after ...

South Korean won eases for 3rd day as Iraq unrest weighs, stocks flat SEOUL: The South Korean won eased against the dollar for a third straight session on Monday, as rising tension in Iraq dented appetite for riskier assets although the downside was contained by demand from exporters. The currency was quoted at 1,020.1 per dollar at the end of onshore trade, the weakest close since June 5 and down 0.2 percent from Friday's 1,017.8. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) finished up 0.1 percent at 1,993.59 ...

Australian & NZ dollars run into light profit-taking SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australia and New Zealand dollars drifted off multi-week highs against the US dollar and euro on Monday, partly on light profit-taking following a recent rally. The Australian dollar paused at $0.9395, from a high of $0.9427 on Friday and a two-month peak of $0.9438 also touched last week. It was unable to hold gains above $0.9400 as geo-political tensions in Iraq weighed somewhat on risky assets, including stocks. The euro trimmed recent losses ...

Dollar dips versus yen, euro remains under pressure TOKYO: The dollar dipped versus the yen on Monday, taking a cue from weaker Tokyo equities, although potentially decisive events such as the Federal Reserve meeting midweek limited movements. The dollar dipped 0.2 percent to 101.84 yen, moving towards the bottom of its relatively tight 102.80-101.60 yen range seen so far this month. Tokyo's Nikkei shed 0.6 percent as the insurgency in Iraq kept investors on edge. "The conflict in Iraq and resulting rise in ...

Australian dollar high, could fall at some point SYDNEY: The Australian dollar is at a high level given falls in prices for the country's major commodity exports, a top central banker said on Monday, adding he would not be surprised if the currency were to decline at some point. Reserve Bank of Australia Assistant Governor Christopher Kent said the fundamentals that underpin the currency argued for a decline, though he could not say when that might happen. The Australian dollar reached its highest ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,813.39 0.01
Arrow Nasdaq 5,116.15 0.26
Arrow S&P 2,088.87 0.01
Arrow FTSE 6,393.13 0.88
Arrow DAX 11,320.77 1.35
Arrow CAC-40 4,946.02 1.08
Arrow Nikkei 19,944.41 0.49
Arrow H.Seng 22,488.94 0.04
Arrow Sensex 25,958.63 0.71

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