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Dollar rallies on US jobs data, hits 13-yr peak vs yen NEW YORK: The US dollar rallied to a 13-year peak against the yen and rose sharply against the euro on Friday after data showing US job growth accelerated in May, bolstering the case for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike as early as September. Nonfarm payrolls increased 280,000 last month, the largest gain since December, the Labor Department said. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls rising 225,000. The increase in average hourly earnings took the year-on-year gain to 2.3 percent, the largest rise since August 2013. The wage growth indicated that US inflation was moving closer to the Fed's 2 percent target, analysts said. After the release of the data, interest rate futures traders bet on a rate hike in October. A Reuters survey Friday, however, showed Wall Street's top banks expect the Fed to begin raising interest rates in September, followed by another before the end of the ...

Dollar slips against euro on ECB comments, rising Bund yields NEW YORK: The US dollar hit its lowest against the euro in over two weeks on Wednesday after the European Central Bank kept monetary policy steady despite recent market volatility and Bund yields extended their rise. The ECB sees no reason to adjust its monetary policy stance in response to a recent rise in bond yields in Europe, ECB President Mario Draghi told a news conference after the bank held interest rates as expected. That ...
Latam FX down on Fed fears; debt issuance supports real RIO DE JANEIRO: Most Latin American currencies weakened on Monday following strong US economic data, but the real was steady as a number of Brazilian companies including Petrobras issued debt abroad, boosting prospects for dollar inflows.The currencies of Mexico, Chile and Colombia dropped between 0.7 percent and 1.2 percent after reports showed US manufacturing activity picked up in May and construction spending surged in April to a nearly 6-1/2-year high.The data supported bets that the ...
Dollar hits 12-1/2-year peak against yen on US data NEW YORK: The US dollar rose on Monday, hitting a 12-1/2-year peak against the yen after the release of stronger-than-expected data on US manufacturing and construction spending, while renewed worries over a Greek default contributed to the euro's weakness. Reports showed US manufacturing picked up in May and construction spending surged in April to a nearly 6-1/2-year high. The data bolstered optimism about the health of the US economy and hardened confidence the Federal Reserve ...
C$ touches 1-1/2 month low as data lifts greenback TORONTO: The Canadian dollar beat a sharp retreat against its US counterpart on Monday, hurt by oil prices that fell on expectations that OPEC production levels will stay elevated, while the greenback was lifted by economic data.The US dollar rose against key currencies on figures that showed stronger-than-expected manufacturing activity in May and that construction spending picked up sharply in April, boosting expectations a US interest hike is likely this year.Those data points followed an ...
Dollar cuts gains vs yen on Japan finance minister comment NEW YORK: The dollar fell to US session lows versus the yen on Thursday after Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said the yen's recent drop had been "rough," igniting expectations the Bank of Japan may intervene to stem further decline in the currency. In early afternoon trading, the dollar was up 0.07 percent at 123.760 yen after touching a US session low of 123.620 on the EBS trading system. The greenback earlier hit a 12-1/2-year ...
Dollar hits 12-1/2-year peak vs yen before retreating NEW YORK: The dollar climbed to a 12-1/2-year high against the yen on Thursday before pulling back as investors bet that US interest rates will rise later this year while Japan's monetary policy remains ultra-loose. The latest data on US jobless claims and pending home sales supported expectations that the Federal Reserve is moving toward raising rates by year-end, analysts said. "The tone in US economic numbers is improving. This reminds investors US rates are ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,757.91 0.79
Arrow Nasdaq 5,013.13 0.53
Arrow S&P 2,077.42 0.69
Arrow FTSE 6,608.59 1.34
Arrow DAX 11,180.50 2.15
Arrow CAC-40 4,883.19 1.94
Arrow Nikkei 20,329.32 0.46
Arrow H.Seng 26,250.03 1.09
Arrow Sensex 28,020.87 0.86

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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