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South Korean won hits 5 month low on Fed rate bet SEOUL: The South Korean won fell to a fresh 5-month low on Monday as speculators added long dollar bets amid growing signs that the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates sooner than expected.The won fell to 1,041.8 to the dollar at its trough early in the session, its weakest level since April 22.The local currency was trading at 1,038.9 against the greenback as of 0220 GMT.Views that the Bank of Korea will set off on a divergent policy course by maintaining its easing bias even as the U.S Federal Reserve embarks on a tightening cycle is lending more support to the dollar to the detriment of the won.South Korea's central bank held rates steady on Friday after easing policy last month, but a still-fragile economic recovery and a dissenting board member's call for a further easing boosted expectations for another cut, possibly as soon as next month.Analysts see further ...


China's yuan falls vs dollar on weaker-than-expected factory data SHANGHAI: China's yuan weakened against the dollar on Monday as growth fears deepened after the release of China's factory output data over the weekend, offsetting a firmer midpoint set by the central bank.China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August while growth in other key sectors also cooled.The People's Bank of China (PBOC) set the midpoint rate at 6.1452 per dollar prior to market open, up 0.03 percent from ...

Aussie dollar bears emboldened by China data, others calmer SYDNEY: The Australian dollar slid to a six-month low on Monday as worries about slower Chinese growth hit a nerve, but other major currencies held their ground ahead of this week's Federal Reserve policy meeting. Investors took aim at the Aussie, usually used as a liquid proxy for China plays, after data on Saturday showed factory output in Asia's economic powerhouse grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August.Growth in other key ...

US dollar steady ahead of US Federal Reserve meeting SINGAPORE: The US dollar was steady in Asia Monday on speculation that the US Federal Reserve will bring forward its timetable to raise interest rates, analysts said, while fears over Scotland's independence vote pressured the pound.The US dollar stood at 107.26 yen in mid-morning Singapore, down slightly from 107.31 yen in New York late Friday but still at levels not seen since September 2008. The euro stood at $1.2967 from $1.2964, while slipping to 139.08 ...

Yen falls further, pound higher as Scotland vote looms NEW YORK: The yen fell again against the dollar and euro Friday while the pound edged higher amid polls in Scotland showing a small majority against breaking from the United Kingdom.The euro meanwhile gained on the dollar, while remaining below the $1.30 line.Markets remain on edge ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting next week where a slightly less dovish tone could emerge and the Scottish independence referendum next Thursday.The pound sank last week after ...

Australian, Canadian dollars fall to 5-month lows LONDON: The higher-yielding Australian and Canadian dollars fell to fresh five-month lows on Friday as investors stepped up unwinding of US dollar-funded carry trades.Much of the downward pressure on these commodity-linked currencies is due to a rising US dollar as investors seem to be repricing the risk the Federal Reserve could sound more hawkish at its policy meeting next week.The US dollar hit a five-month high against its Canadian counterpart of C$1.1071, while the Australian ...

Sri Lankan rupee little changed from 7-week low COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee traded nearly unchanged from the 7-week low touched on Thursday as exporter dollar sales and remittances kept pace with demand for the greenback from importers, dealers said.The rupee, was trading at 130.28/30 per dollar at 0710 GMT, only a tad firmer from Thursday's close of 130.28/31, which was its lowest closing since July 21."Rupee is firmer on remittances and exporter conversions; we have seen a state bank selling dollars at ...


 



 
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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 15, 2014
Reserves $13.414 bln