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Dollar rises against yen as risk appetite returns LONDON: The dollar rose against the safe-haven yen on Monday as upbeat data and a push-back of interest rate hike expectations restored some risk appetite to financial markets after a bout of jitters over global growth.Wall Street rallied and US Treasury yields rose on Friday after deep losses after a surprisingly strong US consumer sentiment reading and better-than-expected housing numbers that suggested economic growth in the United States was solid.The greenback got an extra boost against the yen on reports that Japan's $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) will significantly increase its allocation for stocks and boost its foreign asset holdings, in turn spurring demand for foreign currencies.The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, rose 0.1 percent to 85.181 after dropping to a three-week trough of 84.472 last week."There are a number of factors providing some support for risk at the moment, ...

Sri Lanka rupee forwards edge down on importer dollar demand COLOMBO: Sri Lankan rupee forwards weakened on Monday due to importer dollar demand, while the spot rupee was untraded, with dealers saying the central bank prevented banks through moral suasion from trading the cash currency above 130.70.Three-day forwards, actively traded in the absence of spot, were at 130.80/90 per dollar at 0635 GMT compared with Friday's close of 130.80/85.The spot currency was neither traded nor quoted. It ended at 130.60/80 on Friday."Importer (dollar) demand is ...

South Africa's rand, govt bonds steady as market awaits budget JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand traded in a narrow range against the dollar on Monday, with domestic focus firmly on Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's medium term budget statement for an update on the health of the economy. Nene is likely to cut the GDP growth forecast for 2014, largely due to crippling wage strikes earlier in the year, and will probably predict a wider budget deficit than seen in February. The rand was at 11.0780 versus ...

Russian rouble weaker vs dollar at market opening MOSCOW: The Russian rouble opened weaker against the dollar on Monday, following a downgrade of Russia's sovereign debt rating by Moody's Investors Service. At 0605 GMT the rouble was 0.36 percent weaker at 40.90 against the dollar and 0.33 percent weaker at 52.17 against the euro. -ReutersCopyright Reuters, 2014

Dollar up in Asia as stock markets rally TOKYO: The dollar strengthened against the euro and yen in Asia on Monday, in line with a regional equities rally after a surge on Wall Street at the end of last week.In Tokyo afternoon trading, the greenback bought 107.26 yen against 106.78 yen in New York, and sharply higher than the 106.22 yen earlier Friday in Asia.The euro was at $1.2755 compared with $1.2759 in US trade while it rose to 136.81 yen from 136.28 ...

Russian rouble moves lower after Moody's rating cut MOSCOW: The rouble weakened against both the dollar and the euro on Monday, extending a dramatic slide that has seen the currency reach new record lows, after Moody's downgraded Russia's sovereign debt rating. The Russian currency has been pressured for months by falling oil prices, Western sanctions restricting Russian firms' access to international capital markets and a stronger dollar. The central bank says it has spent over $13 billion defending the rouble since the start ...

Australia & NZ dollars perk up as sentiment improves, data in focus SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were modestly higher on Monday, as they drew support from a more positive environment for risk-taking and waited for key local and offshore data. The Antipodeans were benefiting from the stronger-than-expected US data, which boosted equities and sparked a lift in treasury yields. The Aussie pushed up 0.4 percent to $0.8782 as it built on last week's gains and moved further away from a four-year low of $0.8642 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,677.90 1.32
Arrow Nasdaq 4,452.79 1.60
Arrow S&P 1,950.82 1.23
Arrow FTSE 6,419.15 0.30
Arrow DAX 9,047.31 1.20
Arrow CAC-40 4,157.68 1.28
Arrow Nikkei 15,138.96 0.37
Arrow H.Seng 23,333.18 0.30
Arrow Sensex 26,851.05 0.24

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln