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China yuan's steadies at 5-month highs after stronger fix HONG KONG: China's yuan held at five-month highs on Monday after the central bank signaled it was comfortable with the currency's recent gains by setting the daily midpoint stronger against the dollar. The yuan's recent rally has wiped out more than half of the 3.3 percent of losses for the currency earlier this year when the monetary authorities engineered an unexpected depreciation to deter speculative bets on the currency's one-sided rise.The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.1528 per dollar prior to market open on Monday, slightly stronger than 6.1538 per dollar on Friday. The spot rate is currently allowed to trade 2 percent above or below the midpoint.The spot market opened at 6.1460 per dollar, up slightly from 6.1470 per dollar at the previous close, and was changing hands at 6.1466 in late morning trades. Copyright Reuters, 2014

Australia & NZ dollars curbed by stiff resistance, Ukraine woes WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars drifted sideways on Monday, with broader progress capped by chart resistance and uncertainty over Ukraine. The Australian dollar was holding at $0.9310, having kept to a tight range for the last three sessions. Trading is particularly thin due to the summer holidays in the northern hemisphere. The currency has repeatedly failed to sustain a break above $0.9320-30 resistance in recent days, leaving bulls cautious. It has slowly recovered ...

South Korean won sets 5-week high, shares hit by profit-taking SEOUL: The South Korean won rose to a 5-week high on dollar selling by exporters after Wall Street's recovery from tensions in Ukraine boosted buyer interest in riskier assets.The won was quoted at 1,017.7 per dollar at 0248 GMT after rising as high as 1,016.9 per dollar, its strongest since touching 1,015.1 on July 11, compared with Thursday's domestic close of 1,021.2.South Korean financial markets were closed on Friday for a public holiday."Exporters were leading ...

Yen ticks up in Asia amid Ukraine tensions TOKYO: The yen ticked up in Asia Monday as investors nervously watched the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis, while looking to a speech by the Federal Reserve chief later this week.In midday Tokyo trading, the dollar slipped to 102.31 yen from 102.34 yen in New York Friday.The euro weakened to 137.02 yen from 137.11 yen, while it also slipped to $1.3393 from $1.3397.Traders moved into the yen -- a safe-haven currency during times of ...

Russia-Ukraine tensions drive yen, Swiss franc higher NEW YORK: News that Ukraine had attacked a Russian military convoy that entered its territory sent investors fleeing to the safe-haven yen and Swiss franc on Friday, while the dollar slipped.The foreign-exchange market reacted in a relatively muted fashion to the spike in geopolitical tensions between the neighboring countries, which had weighed on US and European equity markets and sent oil prices surging higher.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that government artillery had destroyed a "considerable ...

Sri Lanka rupee edges up on exporter dollar sales after rate decision COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee rose against the dollar on Friday in dull trade as exporter sales of the greenback outpaced mild importer demand, dealers said, while bond yields gained in the secondary market after the central bank held key policy rates steady. The rupee ended at 130.16/17 per dollar, slightly firmer from Thursday's close of 130.16/19. It hit a two-week low of 130.26 per dollar on Wednesday. Two state banks, through which the central ...

Ringgit near 10 month high on Q2 growth, stimulus hopes support Asia FX SINGAPORE: The Malaysian ringgit rose to a near 10-month high after data showed stronger-than-expected second quarter economic growth, while other emerging Asian currencies are set to post weekly gains on hopes of stimulus from major central banks.The ringgit rose as much as 0.8 percent to 3.1540 per dollar, its strongest since Oct. 31.The gain helped the ringgit outpace daily and weekly appreciation in regional units.So far this week, the Malaysian currency has gained 1.6 percent ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,001.22 0.22
Arrow Nasdaq 4,538.55 0.14
Arrow S&P 1,988.40 0.20
Arrow FTSE 6,775.25 0.04
Arrow DAX 9,339.17 0.66
Arrow CAC-40 4,252.80 0.93
Arrow Nikkei 15,539.19 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 25,112.23 0.47
Arrow Sensex 26,419.55 0.23

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 15, 2014
Reserves $14.264 bln