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C$ boosted by soft US data, firms to 4-month high TORONTO: The Canadian dollar firmed against the US dollar on Wednesday, at one point hitting its strongest since mid-January, following disappointing US economic data that pushed the greenback to more than three-month lows against a basket of major currencies.US retail sales missed forecasts in April, holding steady as households scaled back big-ticket purchases such as cars. Meanwhile, April import prices in the United States fell for a 10th straight month, likely due to the strong US dollar.Market participants were hoping for more upbeat signs of an improving second quarter in the United States following a soft first quarter."Combine the soft data, which really hurt the US dollar and dollar index, and commodities prices, which came off late in the day ... our view is, Canada probably had a bit more room to run here," said Don Mikolich, executive director, foreign exchange sales at CIBC World Markets."The Fed looks very firmly ...

Dollar declines, gold up after soft US data NEW YORK: The dollar index hit its lowest in more than three months while gold prices jumped on Wednesday as weaker-than-expected U.S. retail sales bolstered confidence the Federal Reserve will hold off raising rates soon.Wall Street's major indexes ended little changed after gaining early in the session on the data, which showed U.S. retail sales were flat in April as households cut back on purchases of automobiles and other big-ticket items, indicating the economy was ...
Dollar slips, stocks up slightly after soft US data NEW YORK: The dollar index hit its lowest in more than three months while global stock indexes inched up on Wednesday as weaker-than-expected U.S. retail sales bolstered confidence the Federal Reserve will hold off raising rates soon.The S&P 500 was near flat after trading higher on the data, which showed U.S. retail sales were flat in April as households cut back on purchases of automobiles and other big-ticket items, indicating the economy was struggling to ...
Dollar slides after weak US retail sales suggest dovish Fed NEW YORK: The US dollar hit a more than three-month low against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after weaker-than-expected US retail sales data for April supported expectations that the Federal Reserve would wait until later to hike rates. US retail sales were unchanged in April as households cut back on purchases of automobiles and other big-ticket items. The data suggested the economy was struggling to make a strong rebound after barely growing in ...
Latin American currencies gain on weak US data SAO PAULO: Latin American currencies strengthened on Wednesday following disappointing US economic data, though Brazil's real stayed anchored near the key 3-per-dollar level.Equities markets were mixed, with MSCI Latin American stock index edging slightly higher, though Brazil's Bovespa index dropped for a second straight day.Data on Wednesday showed US retail sales were flat in April, indicating the economy was struggling to rebound strongly after barely growing in the first quarter.Disappointing economic data from the US ...
Dollar tumbles against euro on spike in Bund yields NEW YORK: The US dollar slumped against the euro and Swiss franc on Tuesday after a spike higher in German Bund yields overshadowed a similar rise in U.S. Treasury yields and generated demand for the European currencies.German 10-year Bund yields shot up 22 basis points from Monday's session low of 0.52 percent to a session high of 0.74 percent on Tuesday. While benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields hit six-month highs of 2.37 percent, analysts said ...
Higher crude prices, weaker greenback lift Canadian dollar TORONTO: Higher crude prices helped the Canadian dollar strengthen against a broadly weaker US dollar on Tuesday, but trading stayed within its recent band due to a dearth of economic data to inspire moves, and direction was likely to come from oil and wider market sentiment.The weaker greenback and the ongoing conflict in Yemen pushed the price of crude, a key Canadian export, higher, despite Saudi Arabia's announcement of record oil output last month.At 9:12 ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyApril
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 28, 2015
Reserves $17.494 bln