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Big miss on US jobs data drives dollar down NEW YORK: The dollar tumbled on Friday after a significantly weaker-than-expected US jobs report that will increase speculation over whether the US Federal Reserve holds off tightening monetary policy for longer than expected. US employers added the fewest jobs in more than a year in March amid signs the economy has been hurt by the dollar's climb to multi-year highs.Non-farm payrolls rose by 126,000 last month, the smallest gain since December 2013, and well under the 245,000 economists had forecast. The unemployment rate held at a 6-1/2 year low of 5.5 percent. "This (data) might put back your expectations for a Fed hike of 25 basis points to later in the year rather than June. It moves us toward September," said Daniel Morris, global investment strategist at TIAA-CREF in New York. The euro shot up over 1 percent after the report to a one week high of $1.10270 before drifting ...

Dollar down for 2nd day ahead of US payrolls NEW YORK: The dollar fell for a second straight session on Thursday, as investors continued to pare back hefty positions ahead of an all-important US non-farm payrolls report that could disappoint those with a bullish view on the greenback. A Reuters poll expects non-farm payrolls to rise by 245,000 jobs in March, after gaining 290,000 in February, but many in the market are bracing for a weak number. Economists at major banks though have not ...
C$ firms on trade deficit data; US jobs in focus TORONTO: The Canadian dollar strengthened against its US counterpart on Thursday as data showed Canada posted a smaller-than-expected trade deficit in February and as investors positioned themselves ahead of Friday's US payrolls data and the Easter long weekend.Canada's trade deficit shrank to C$984 million from C$1.48 billion in January, much smaller than the C$2 billion shortfall economists had forecast, as exporters benefited from stabilizing oil prices. January figures were also revised sharply lower, from C$2.45 ...
Dollar mixed, euro rises before US jobs report, holiday NEW YORK: The dollar turned mixed on Thursday, finding spotty support from solid U.S. data that suggested the U.S. labor market continues to strengthen despite signs of an economic slowdown in the first quarter.A rally for the euro against the dollar and yen was seen being dictated by investors taking profits on recent greenback strength heading into the long Easter holiday weekend that will be punctuated by the important March U.S. employment report on Friday."If ...
US money fund assets post biggest weekly fall since 2013 NEW YORK: US money market fund assets fell $44.36 billion to $2.676 trillion in the week ended March 31 for its largest single-week increase since the second week of October 2013, the Money Fund Report said on Wednesday.The drop followed last week's $32.27 billion jump that was the largest weekly rise since the third week of October 2013. In October 2013, there were huge swings in fund asset levels as investors rushed in and out ...
Dollar retreats on weak data as fresh quarter begins NEW YORK: The dollar slipped on Wednesday at the start of the second quarter as disappointing data on US manufacturing and jobs growth raised bets the Federal Reserve might refrain from raising interest rates until late 2015 at the earliest. The soft readings reinforced the notion that the recent surge in the greenback has hurt exporters and dragged on the economy, which would worry Fed policymakers. Payroll processor ADP said US companies added 189,000 workers ...
C$ gains on higher crude price, weak US ADP data TORONTO: The Canadian dollar gained modestly against the greenback on Wednesday following a weaker-than-expected report on US jobs and slightly stronger crude prices.US private employers added 189,000 jobs in March, lower than the 225,000 expected, according to payrolls processor ADP. The report comes ahead of US government employment figures due on Friday, a holiday in Canada and in many US states.The price of crude, a major Canadian export, edged higher as talks between Iran and ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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