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South Africa's rand weaker against globally firmer dollar JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand weakened against the dollar on Monday as the greenback made broad-based gains, recovering from almost four-month lows reached last week on another bad round of U.S. economic data.At 1501 GMT the local unit, which touched two-week highs on Friday, shed 0.54 percent to 11.8475 per dollar compared with its closing 11.7800 in New York on Friday.The dollar gained against the basket of major currencies in a market eyeing the U.S. inflation numbers which could push the greenback higher if the numbers come out better than expected."This is a dollar move. Today looks like there's more demand for dollars. It has been relatively cheap compared to what we saw last week," said Ion de Vleeschauwer, a chief dealer at Bidvest Bank."There's no real data out today but from Wednesday onwards we're going to see more data out and probably that will give the rand a bit more ...

Sterling falls vs dollar as post-election shine starts to wear off LONDON: Sterling fell against a broadly stronger dollar on Monday, losing some of its post-election shine as investors focused on the risks of a looming referendum on Britain's EU membership and new government spending cuts.The pound posted its best performance in six years against the dollar in the last two weeks, surging after the pro-business Conservative party unexpectedly triumphed in Britain's parliamentary election on May 7, winning an outright majority for the first time in ...

Dollar sell-off takes a pause, Kiwi hit hardest NEW YORK: The US dollar made broad-based gains on Monday, recovering some ground after several weeks of selling that brought the greenback to more attractive levels.The euro, which rose nearly 9 percent in value against the U.S. dollar in the course of a month, pulled back close to one percent, its worst daily performance since mid-April."With the euro above $1.14, that was much more attractive for sellers and might be one explanation for the downside ...

Sri Lanka rupee forwards end steady COLOMBO: Sri Lankan rupee forwards ended steady on Monday as the central bank's moral suasion defended the local currency despite importer dollar demand, dealers said.Actively traded two-month forwards ended at 135.35/50 per dollar compared with Friday's close of 135.35/40. One-month forwards ended steady at 134.50/60 per dollar as the central bank prevented a sharp fall."There are import bills, but moral suasion prevented the fall," said a currency dealer asking not to be named.The central bank ...

Dollar rebounds after sinking on weak US data TOKYO: The dollar picked up on Monday after taking a hit from weak US data last week that had fuelled speculation a Federal Reserve rate hike would be delayed.The US unit rose to 119.63 yen in Tokyo afternoon trade from 119.41 yen in New York late Friday. The euro slipped to $1.1434 from $1.1446 while firming to 136.76 yen from 136.67 yen.Another batch of disappointing US data Friday weighed on the greenback as they added ...

Turkish lira makes biggest weekly gain against dollar in 3-1/2 years ISTANBUL: Turkey's lira jumped 4 percent against the dollar this week, its biggest weekly gain for 3-1/2 years, on expectations the ruling AK Party could form a government on its own after a June vote, though without enough seats to change the constitution. Still, the lira is down 10 percent this year, the worst performing major emerging market currency after Brazil's real, on dollar gains and worries about the election outcome and political meddling in ...

Currencies jump, regional growth beats euro zone BUDAPEST/WARSAW: Central European currencies strengthened on Friday after first-quarter Czech and Polish economic output figures confirmed that growth in the region outpaced the euro zone.Regional currencies and government bonds also benefited from a continuing rebound in bonds in developed markets after weeks of price falls which also spilled over into EU emerging markets.A renewed sell-off could prompt another fall in regional assets although the output data is buoying sentiment for now, traders said.The Czech crown ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,010.68 0.64
Arrow Nasdaq 5,070.03 0.55
Arrow S&P 2,107.39 0.63
Arrow FTSE 6,984.43 0.80
Arrow DAX 11,413.82 2.26
Arrow CAC-40 5,007.89 2.53
Arrow Nikkei 20,563.15 0.06
Arrow H.Seng 27,424.19 0.11
Arrow Sensex 27,828.44 1.17

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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 $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 28, 2015
Reserves $17.494 bln