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South Africa JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand firmed slightly against the dollar on Tuesday, helped by news that Anglo American Platinum would postpone planned job cuts that drew the ire of the government.   The rand, which hit a new 4-year low of 9.15 against the dollar on Monday, was at 9.0850 at 0645 GMT, 0.2 percent stronger than Monday's New York close.   South Africa's minerals department said late on Monday the government, labour unions and Amplats had agreed to postpone a restructuring plan that could lead to 14,000 job cuts to allow for more talks.   Chris Griffiths, chief executive of Amplats, the world's largest platinum producer, said on Tuesday that consultations with the South African government had been "constructive."   "The rand is a little bit stronger on the back of the Amplats announcement last night," said Warrick Butler, a trader at Standard Bank.   Butler added foreign participation in the bond market was likely to influence the rand this ...


Yen hovers near 2-1/2 year low; Aussie dollar firmer SINGAPORE: The dollar inched lower versus the yen on Tuesday but hovered within sight of a 2-1/2 year high hit a day earlier, while the Australian dollar rose on data showing a rebound in Australian business confidence.   The dollar slipped 0.2 percent to 90.71 yen, but was not very far from the previous day's high of 91.26 yen, the greenback's strongest level versus the Japanese currency since June 2010.   The greenback fell as low as 90.40 yen ...

Dollar mixed ahead of Fed policy meeting TOKYO: The dollar was mixed in Asian trade on Tuesday ahead of a US Federal Reserve policy meeting and on the back of weak home sales data, while the yen halted its steep slide. The dollar weakened to 90.73 yen in Tokyo, against 90.82 yen in New York on Monday, with the euro also easing to 122.06 yen from 122.20 yen and to $1.3448 from $1.3454.   However, Citibank Japan chief forex strategist Osamu Takashima said the yen's ...

LME copper up after promising US data; eyes Fed SINGAPORE: London copper rose on Tuesday after a business spending survey suggested a recovery in the United States was taking root, but gains were capped amid caution ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting and a raft of U.S and China data this week.   Copper prices on the London Metal Exchange have been largely confined in a $7,920-$8,250 range so far this month and market participants do not expect this to change until new year holidays ...

Dollar mixed ahead of Fed policy meeting TOKYO: The dollar was mixed in Asian trade on Tuesday ahead of a US Federal Reserve policy meeting and on the back of weak home sales data, while the yen halted its steep slide.   The dollar weakened to 90.64 yen in Tokyo, against 90.82 yen in New York on Monday, with the euro also easing to 121.95 yen from 122.20 yen and to $1.3449 from $1.3454.   However, Citibank Japan chief forex strategist Osamu Takashima said the yen's ...

Peru LIMA: Peru's central bank bought $10 million in the local spot market on Monday and the sol currency finished bidding 0.08 percent weaker at 2.56 per dollar.   Copyright Reuters, 2013

Dollar slips versus yen after recent rally, euro eases NEW YORK: The dollar slid from a 2-1/2 year high against the yen on Monday as traders booked profits on its recent rally, with the weaker yen trend likely to stay intact on expectations of further monetary easing in Japan.   The euro retreated from an 11-month high against the dollar set on Friday. But analysts said the common currency looked poised for further gains, which could lift it towards the psychologically important $1.35 level.   Selling the yen ...


 



 
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