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Bullish India rupee bets largest in over 2 years SINGAPORE: Investors built up the largest bullish bets on the Indian rupee in more than two years in recent weeks, while sentiment on the Thai baht turned the most sour in three months, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday, as the countries' political fortunes turned in markedly different directions.Long positions in the Philippine peso and the Malaysian ringgit rose to their highest levels in more than one year as their central banks took a hawkish stance and signalled policy rate increases may be on the cards in coming months.Sentiment on the rupee grew to the most optimistic since February 2012 in the last two weeks, according to a survey of 12 currency analysts.The Indian currency hit an 11-month high on Monday as strong foreign inflows led local shares to record closing highs.Investors welcomed a landslide victory of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party led by business-friendly Narendra Modi in the world's ...

Yen slips as China PMI supports risk appetite, Aussie edges up LONDON: Firmer data out of China dominated major currency markets on Thursday, provoking a recovery for the Australian dollar and eating into yen gains this week against the US dollar. China's factory sector, while still contracting slightly, turned in its best performance this year in May, holding out the hope of more revenues for an Australian economy which provides much of its raw materials as well as offering a filup to the broader global economic ...

China PMI, Fed relief support Asia FX; baht firms on political hopes SINGAPORE: Most emerging Asian currencies rose on Thursday, underpinned by improved Chinese factory activity and after the Federal Reserve signalled it would not raise interest rates any time soon.The Thai baht gained as investors covered short positions on hopes of an end to a prolonged political crisis some economists fear could push the country into recession.But investors have piled up the most bearish short bets on the baht in three months, according to a Reuters ...

Sterling falls after UK public finances show bigger deficit LONDON: Sterling fell against the dollar and the euro on Thursday after UK data showed a bigger-than-expected fiscal deficit, prompting some investors to take profits in the pound's recent rally to 5-1/2 year highs. Sterling fell to a session low of $1.6870 after the data was released from around $1.6909 beforehand. The euro pulled further away from a 17-month low of 80.85 pence, to trade at 81.06 pence, up 0.1 percent on the day.Better-than-expected UK ...

Sri Lanka rupee steady despite upward pressure; stocks slip COLOMBO: The Sri Lanka rupee was steady on Thursday as importer dollar demand offset greenback inflows, but dealers expect the currency to face upward pressure due to steady inflows in the absence of strong demand for imports and credit. The rupee was traded at 130.33/36 per dollar at 0654 GMT, little changed from Wednesday's close of 130.34/36. "There were some inflows in the morning.But with importer dollar demand, the rupee is flat," said a currency ...

Rand steady as South Africa rates seen unchanged JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand was largely steady against the dollar on Thursday as the market awaited the Reserve Bank's third policy statement of the year, when it is expected to keep rates unchanged while flagging rising inflation pressures. Government bonds edged slightly higher, pulling yields down after minutes from the US Federal Reserve on Wednesday pointed to rates in the world's biggest economy remaining depressed for longer. At 0659 GMT the rand was trading at ...

Dollar gains in Asia on Fed meeting minutes TOKYO: The dollar rallied in Asia Thursday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's April policy meeting showed it would forge ahead with a cautious wind-down of its stimulus programme as the economy strengthens. In Tokyo trade, the greenback bought 101.56 yen, up from 101.38 yen late in New York and much stronger than the 100.90 yen level touched in Tokyo earlier Wednesday.The euro bought $1.3677 and 138.92 yen, against $1.3686 and 138.76 yen in US ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,776.43 1.85
Arrow Nasdaq 4,781.27 1.56
Arrow S&P 1,987.05 1.83
Arrow FTSE 6,298.92 2.76
Arrow DAX 9,814.79 2.74
Arrow CAC-40 4,616.90 3.54
Arrow Nikkei 18,005.49 1.58
Arrow H.Seng 21,854.50 1.62
Arrow Sensex 26,785.55 2.15

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 05, 2015
Reserves $18.349 bln