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Latam currencies gain on US data; Petrobras advances SAO PAULO: Latin American currencies rebounded on Tuesday after weaker-than- xpected US retailsales data hit the dollar, helping put an end to a three-day slump in the region's foreign exchange markets.Equities were broadly lower, though gains in Brazilian heavyweights Vale and Petrobras helped maintain the MSCI Latin American stock index in positive territory.Also hurting the dollar was a downward revision for US economic growth announced on Tuesday by the International Monetary Fund.Weak US data tends to push investors into riskier assets such as Latin American securities on bets that an extended period of low US rates would support the search for higher returns in emerging markets.The Brazilian real recovered more than 1.4 percent, erasing the previous session's losses to trade near 3.07 per dollar.The currency was also helped by news that state-run oil firm Petrobras, formally known as Petroleo Brasileiro SA, is likely to release audited results later this month.Petrobras ...

Dollar slides on US retail sales, IMF outlook NEW YORK: The dollar tumbled on Tuesday, after five straight days of gains, as investors took advantage of weaker-than-expected US retail sales to lighten hefty positions on the greenback that had built up due to expectations of an impending rate increase. A second blow to the US economic outlook came from the International Monetary Fund, which lowered its forecasts for US growth to 3.1 percent for this year and next from January's expectations of 3.6 ...
Dollar rises against euro on continued Fed hike bets NEW YORK: The US dollar rose against the euro on Monday in a continuation of last week's bets that the US Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in the coming months, while the yen edged higher on comments from a high-profile economic adviser. With little US economic data, recent commentary from Fed officials and minutes from the central bank's March policy meeting suggesting the possibility of a June rate hike boosted demand for the dollar ...
Dollar rallies on rate differentials, policy forecasts NEW YORK: The US dollar hit a near-three-week peak on Thursday, driven higher by sentiment that US interest rates inevitably will rise, with the prospect of a June increase still in the mix despite spotty economic data.Interest rate differentials between benchmark US and German 10-year government bonds widened to 1.771 percent on Thursday, their biggest spread since March 26. The euro fell to its lowest level since March 19, trading off 1.34 percent to $1.06370 ...
C$ hit by greenback rally as market braces for jobs data TORONTO: The Canadian dollar weakened against the greenback on Thursday, hurt by a rallying US dollar and investor positioning ahead of Friday's Canadian employment report for March.The Canadian economy has been feeling the pinch from the dramatic plunge in crude prices since last summer and markets have broadly expected the first quarter to be especially weak.Economists polled by Reuters expect no new jobs to have been created last month, and the unemployment rate to remain ...
Canadian dollar dips as US$ rebounds from jobs disappointment  TORONTO: The Canadian dollar weakened on Tuesday against the US dollar, which recouped its losses from Friday's dreary US jobs report as traders returned from the extended Easter weekend, but the Canadian currency remained an outperformer against many of its major counterparts.The greenback's rally over the last few months stalled in recent weeks as a string of US economic data pointed to a softer first quarter. Signs of a slowing economy have tempered expectations of ...
Dollar eases after recent gains; Fed minutes awaited NEW YORK: The dollar eased on Wednesday, backing away from a nearly three-week high hit against the yen, as currency traders readied for the release of Federal Reserve meeting minutes.Coming off two days of gains, the greenback was down 0.25 percent versus the yen but above session lows touched after the Bank of Japan kept monetary policy unchanged despite slowing inflation.The dollar last stood at 119.9 yen, while the dollar index, which measures the greenback ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,080.14 0.12
Arrow Nasdaq 5,092.09 0.71
Arrow S&P 2,117.69 0.23
Arrow FTSE 7,070.70 0.24
Arrow DAX 11,810.85 0.74
Arrow CAC-40 5,201.45 0.44
Arrow Nikkei 20,020.04 0.83
Arrow H.Seng 28,060.98 0.84
Arrow Sensex 27,437.94 1.07

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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 $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
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