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South Africa's rand steady ahead of S&P rating update JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand steadied against the US dollar early on Friday as investors held positions ahead of a Standard & Poor's credit rating update on Africa's most advanced economy later in the session.At 0607 GMT the rand was trading at 12.3775 to the dollar, not far off its Thursday New York closing level of 12.3550."The headline event today is S&P's rating review decision. We think it is extremely unlikely that they will change the rating or even the outlook," John Cairns of Rand Merchant Bank said in a note.Standard & Poor's in December kept South Africa's rating at BBB-, the lowest investment level, with a stable outlook.The rand has also been under pressure after data on Thursday showed that April factory output unexpectedly contracted. In fixed income, the yield for the 2026 benchmark was flat at 8.31 percent.Copyright Reuters, 2015

Sri Lanka rupee falls to record low COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee fell to a record low of 134 on Friday as a state-run bank, through which the central bank directs the markets, lowered the dollar selling rate by 20 cents, dealers said.Currency dealers said hopes that the rupee would strengthen on rising inflows was fading as the currency has come under pressure due to political uncertainty ahead of a parliament poll and foreign selling in rupee bonds during the last few ...

Euro falls as IMF walks out of Greek bailout talks TOKYO: The euro fell on Friday as hopes for a Greek bailout deal took a hit after the International Monetary Fund pulled out of crunch talks between Athens and its creditors.In Tokyo, the single currency was at $1.1229 and 138.63 yen, against $1.1260 and 139.00 yen in New York.The dollar bought 123.47 yen against 123.45 yen.The IMF piled pressure on Athens Thursday when it walked away from the talks saying the "ball is very much ...

Sterling inches higher vs euro in tight trade LONDON: Sterling gained some ground against a broadly weaker euro on Thursday while falling back from a near-three-week high against the dollar in a market struggling for new direction after six months of political and economic jitters.Some analysts said the pound, which hit 7-year highs after last month's election generated none of the predicted trouble in forming a government, had suffered from the lack of any hints in an annual speech by the Bank of ...

South Africa's rand halts slide after factory output disappoints JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand sunk to a session low against the dollar on Thursday after the dollar strengthened and April factory output unexpectedly contracted before paring losses.At 1510 GMT the rand had weakened 0.33 percent to 12.3800 , pulling back from a sharp fall to 12.4900 after manufacturing contracted 2 percent y/y in April. The dollar index, a measure of the greenback against major currencies, rose over half a percent as the unit was buoyed ...

Dollar rises as US retail sales perk up, yen retreats NEW YORK: The dollar gained on Thursday, buoyed by a surge in US retail sales in May that could push Federal Reserve policymakers toward raising US interest rates as early as September. The dollar, which had traded weakly over the previous three days, was up as much as 1.1 percent against the yen after posting on Wednesday its biggest single-day drop in six months versus the Japanese currency. American consumers last month increased spending by ...

Sri Lankan rupee steady on dollar selling by state bank COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee traded steady as a state-run bank continued to sell dollars at 133.80 for the third day on Thursday, even as the central bank defended the spot currency via moral suasion, dealers said.Currency dealers said hopes the rupee would strengthen on rising inflows was fading as the currency has come under pressure after foreign investors too sold rupee bonds on Thursday.The spot currency traded unchanged as one of two state-run banks ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,596.35 1.95
Arrow Nasdaq 4,958.47 2.40
Arrow S&P 2,057.64 2.09
Arrow FTSE 6,620.48 1.97
Arrow DAX 11,083.20 3.56
Arrow CAC-40 4,869.82 3.74
Arrow Nikkei 20,109.95 2.88
Arrow H.Seng 25,966.98 2.61
Arrow Sensex 27,645.15 0.60

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJune 25, 2015
Reserves $17.457 bln