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Dollar gains as markets price in a hawkish Fed NEW YORK: The dollar rose against major currencies on Monday, bolstered by expectations the Federal Reserve this week will acknowledge anew improvements in the U.S. economy and provide fresh details about the central bank's looming tightening cycle.The dollar index, a measure of the greenback's value against six major currencies, has posted weekly gains for nine straight weeks on evidence the U.S. economy has continued to gain traction relative to other major nations.The Federal Open Market Committee is expected to affirm the U.S. economy's positive performance on Wednesday, at the end of the Fed's two-day meeting, plus a possible time line as to when interest rates would start rising. Some strategists, however, said the market could be setting itself up for disappointment."There is significant risk that the market may be miscalculating the degree of hawkishness that the Fed is going to unleash on Wednesday," said Boris Schlossberg, managing director of FX ...

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 $1.30 line.Markets remain on edge ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting next week where a slightly less dovish tone could emerge and the Scottish independence referendum next Thursday.The pound sank last week after ...
Dollar weakens after jobless claims, still stronger on week NEW YORK: The US dollar retreated from six-year highs against the yen after data showed that more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, though the dollar index remained on track to post its ninth consecutive week of gains.Initial claims for state unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 315,000 for the week ended Sept. 6, the highest level since late June, the Labor Department said on Thursday.The data was not seen running ...
C$ weakens with oil prices, flirts again with C$1.10 level TORONTO: The Canadian dollar weakened against the greenback on Thursday as oil prices sold off and the currency tested a break through strong technical resistance at C$1.10 for a third day in a row.Data that showed new home prices in Canada were unchanged in July elicited little reaction from the loonie, though the mostly second tier domestic data on offer this week had not been expected to drive the currency significantly.The loonie has shed about ...
British pound rallies on Carney comments, Scotland poll NEW YORK: The British pound rallied against major currencies Wednesday as the Bank of England governor discussed raising interest rates within months and a poll showed lower support for Scottish independence.Mark Carney, addressing union leaders, said the central bank could raise its main interest rate from a record-low level in early 2015, citing the country's solid economic recovery."You can expect interest rates to begin to increase," Carney said, adding that the bank's forecasts show that ...
Dollar rallies on hawkish Fed expectations NEW YORK: The dollar rose to a six-year high against the yen on Wednesday as U.S. Treasury yields ground higher, while the Australian dollar sank to six-month lows as investors unwound carry trades that have benefited the currency.The greenback has gained on expectations that continuing improvement in the U.S. economy will lead the Federal Reserve to begin raising rates next year, while the euro and the yen are being weighed down by flagging economies and ...
C$ weaker as tries for C$1.10 for second day TORONTO: The Canadian dollar weakened against the greenback on Wednesday as it tried for a second day in a row to sustain a move past resistance at C$1.10 as markets were focused on just how soon the Federal Reserve might start to lift interest rates.The loonie saw little reaction to data that showed industrial capacity rose in the second quarter, though the mostly second tier domestic economic data on tap this week is not expected ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,399.67 0.12
Arrow Nasdaq 4,316.07 1.35
Arrow S&P 1,904.01 0.91
Arrow FTSE 6,267.07 0.68
Arrow DAX 8,717.76 1.50
Arrow CAC-40 3,991.24 1.04
Arrow Nikkei 15,111.23 3.98
Arrow H.Seng 23,070.26 0.20
Arrow Sensex 26,429.85 1.23

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