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China's yuan steady, better-than-expected PMI survey no impact HONG KONG: China's yuan was little changed against the dollar on Tuesday after the central bank set a very marginally stronger official guidance rate.The People's Bank of China set the midpoint at 6.1470 per dollar, up 0.02 percent from the previous fix.Spot yuan changed hands at 6.1399 near midday, up 0.01 percent from Monday's close at 6.1404.Activity in China's manufacturing sector unexpectedly picked up in September even as factory employment slumped to a 5-1/2-year low, a survey showed, but it had no impact on the spot market.The HSBC/Markit Flash China Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 50.5 in September from August's final reading of 50.2. The onshore spot yuan market at a glance:Copyright Reuters, 2014

Dollar rally pauses; Aussie edges up after flash China PMI SINGAPORE/SYDNEY: The dollar hovered just below a four-year peak against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday as the euro steadied near a 14-month trough with sellers taking a bit of a breather. The dollar index last traded at 84.671, having peaked at 84.861 on Monday, a high not seen since July 2010. It has posted 10 straight weeks of gains as markets wagered US rates would rise long before those in Europe or Japan. ...

Dollar down after 10-week rally, euro gains capped SINGAPORE: The dollar slipped in Asia Tuesday following a 10-week rally, while gains in the euro were capped by concerns about slackening European economic growth. The greenback bought 108.72 yen in Singapore trade against 108.94 yen in New York late Monday. The euro rose to $1.2853 from $1.2850, while slipping to 139.75 yen from 139.78 yen. Japanese financial markets are closed for a public holiday.The dollar's upward momentum has taken a breather after last week ...

Sterling firms as focus turns to UK fundamentals, rate outlook LONDON: Sterling rose against the dollar on Monday and inched back towards recent two-year highs against the euro as investors refocused on Britain's economic fundamentals and interest rate expectations after Scotland's independence referendum.The euro traded 0.3 percent lower against sterling at 78.48 pence, not far off a two-year low of 78.10 struck on Friday amid relief over the Scots' decision to stay inside the United Kingdom. The pound rose 0.3 percent against the dollar to ...

Nigeria naira sheds 0.27pc as oil price continues to fall LAGOS: Nigeria naira slipped 0.27 percent on Monday amid a shortage of dollars on the interbank market, as higher demand coupled with declining global oil prices raised doubts about the central bank's ability to support the local currency.The naira closed at 163.85 to the dollar, below the three-month low of 163.45 naira it touched a week ago. The naira closed at 163.40 on Friday. "Dollar demand from politicians holding their assets in hard currency ahead ...

Dollar demand weighs down Kenyan shilling, shares surge NAIROBI: Kenya's shilling weakened on Monday after importers sought to buy dollars, partly unwinding a strengthening seen at the end of last week when the central bank intervened. The benchmark share index at the Nairobi bourse surged 1.86 percent, driven by demand from local investors pulled in by a recent rally in shares. At the 1300 GMT close of trade, leading banks posted the shilling at 88.80/90 per dollar, down from Friday's close of 88.50/60.The ...

South Africa's rand hit as commodity currencies suffer JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand fell to seven-month lows against the dollar on Monday as commodity-linked currencies bore the brunt of expected weak growth in China, the world's largest consumer of raw materials.The rand has been on the back foot in recent weeks and was extending losses linked to South Africa's own poor economic fundamentals. This week sentiment is expected to be spearheaded from abroad.Emerging markets began the week on depressed tone after comments from China's ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,042.90 0.17
Arrow Nasdaq 4,493.39 0.28
Arrow S&P 1,972.29 0.28
Arrow FTSE 6,622.72 0.36
Arrow DAX 9,474.30 0.55
Arrow CAC-40 4,416.24 1.33
Arrow Nikkei 16,173.52 0.84
Arrow H.Seng 22,932.98 1.28
Arrow Sensex 26,630.51 0.13

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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
WeeklySeptember 25, 2014
Reserves $13.305 bln