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Dollar on edge as Fed language eyed, Aussie surges SYDNEY: The US dollar nursed modest losses early on Wednesday, having suffered an unexpected setback as jitters mounted hours before the Federal Reserve offers its latest guidance on interest rates. Traders said sellers emerged after the Wall Street Journal's Fed watcher said the US central bank may keep the words "considerable time" in its policy statement following the Sept 16-17 meeting. Markets have been bracing for a more hawkish tone and many were looking for the Fed to drop its promise to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time" after ending its bond-buying program. The dollar index, which had been drifting just below a 14-month peak of 84.519, promptly fell to its lowest in over a week. It was last at 84.114, having sunk as far as 83.864 overnight. Against the yen, the greenback slid to a low of 106.81, pulling further away from a six-year peak of 107.39 ...


Australian & NZ dollars lifted by swings in Fed speculation SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars regained some ground on Wednesday on speculation the US Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the session. The Australian dollar was last at $0.9071, having rallied nearly 1 percent to a peak of $0.9113 on Tuesday, a recovery from a recent 4-percent slide. The Aussie touched a six-month trough of $0.8984 Monday. Much of the surge came ...

China's yuan inches up on central bank's guidance SHANGHAI: China's yuan firmed slightly against the dollar on Wednesday after the central bank set the guidance rate higher.The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.1450 per dollar prior to market open, up 0.02 percent from the previous fix. The spot rate is currently allowed to trade 2 percent above or below the midpoint.The spot market opened at 6.1450 per dollar, and was changing hands at 6.1441 by midday, up 0.03 percent ...

Dollar holds firm ahead of Fed meeting TOKYO: The dollar held its own against other currencies in Asia on Wednesday as investors wait for the outcome of a US Federal Reserve meeting later in the day.The greenback was at 107.23 yen in Tokyo midday trade, compared with 107.15 yen in New York Tuesday afternoon.The euro bought $1.2955 and 138.92 yen against $1.2957 and 138.85 yen.Thursday's too-close-to-call vote on independence for Scotland was playing on the pound, which dipped to $1.6257 from $1.6268 ...

Kenyan shilling dips, stocks close higher NAIROBI: The Kenyan shilling weakened on Tuesday, pressured by demand for dollars from importers amid scant hard currency inflows.At close of trade at 1300 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 89.00/10 to the dollar, compared with Monday's close of 88.90/89.00.Late in the session, the shilling touched 89.05/25, its weakest since mid-December 2011 when it hit 89.10/20, according to Thomson Reuters data.Traders said there was little dollar inflow from the tea and tourism sectors, which ...

C$ lifted by factory data; eyes on Bank of Canada TORONTO: The Canadian dollar strengthened against the greenback on Tuesday after data showed factory sales rose strongly in July, with the currency extending its recovery from the more than five-month low it hit the previous session.Markets were looking ahead to a speech by the head of the Bank of Canada later in the day. In his first speech since the central bank reaffirmed its neutral policy stance earlier this month, Governor Stephen Poloz will talk ...

Dollar inches lower ahead of Fed meeting outcome NEW YORK: The dollar slipped on Tuesday as investors booked profit on the currency's recent rally ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting that could potentially turn more upbeat on the U.S. economy and flag an interest-rate increase sooner rather than later.The dollar index, a measure of the greenback's value against six major currencies, was on track for its 10th weekly gain. Since May, the index has gained nearly six percent, but on Tuesday, it dipped ...


 



 
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Arrow DAX 9,799.26 0.01
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Arrow Nikkei 16,321.17 1.58
Arrow H.Seng 24,306.16 0.57
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln