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Euro weak ahead of European Central Bank meeting TOKYO: The euro on Friday hovered around seven-month lows on the dollar and was also weak against Asian currencies on speculation that the European Central Bank will unleash fresh stimulus measures next week.Further action by the ECB to boost the 19-nation eurozone economy was likely to heap pressure on Asian policymakers to loosen their own monetary policy in a bid to push down their units to stay competitive, analysts said.The euro Friday declined against a string of currencies including the yen, South Korean won and Singapore dollar."(Asian) currencies don't look that cheap," Mitul Kotecha, head of Asian foreign-exchange and interest-rate strategy at Barclays in Singapore, told Bloomberg News."When you look at real-effective rates, they haven't weakened significantly. That's why there's probably still more room for further depreciation."Speculation that the ECB will announce further measures at its Thursday meeting have also revived expectations that the single currency may soon hit parity ...

Asia FX weaken; yuan set for longest weekly losing streak in 5 months SINGAPORE: Most emerging Asian currencies eased on Friday and were set to suffer weekly losses on broad strength in the dollar, with US interest rates expected to rise for the first time in around a decade later at time when the European Central Bank is expected to add extra stimulus.The Chinese yuan was poised to post its longest weekly losing streak in five months as the central bank set its daily guidance rate at a ...
Sri Lankan rupee falls to record low on importer dollar demand COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee fell to a record low of 143.15 per dollar on Thursday, posting its fourth straight session of declines on importer demand for the greenback amid lower dollar liquidity.Exporters were also reluctant to sell dollars on expectations the local currency could fall further, dealers said.The rupee fell 0.17 percent to a record low of 143.15 per dollar, surpassing the previous all-time trough of 143.00 hit on Tuesday.The rupee ended at 143.15/25 ...
Euro weakens on ECB stimulus speculation TOKYO: The euro lost ground in Asian trading Thursday on growing expectations that the European Central Bank will announce a boost to its monetary stimulus measures at a meeting next week.Bets that the ECB will go further to boost the 19-nation eurozone economy have pushed down the currency, and rekindled speculation that it may hit parity with the dollar for the first time since 2002.Reports have suggested that the ECB may boost its debt purchases ...
Safe-haven currencies get boost after Turkey jet strike TOKYO: The yen and euro got a boost Wednesday as the Turkish downing of a Russian fighter jet sent investors into safer assets on fears about the broader implications of the incident.Global financial markets were rattled by the shooting on the Syrian border, with European bourses tumbling and oil prices surging on supply fears."While the dispute between Turkey and Russia is unlikely to escalate into a 'hot' conflict, it does underline the unresolved tensions over ...
Dollar holds euro gains but dips against emerging units TOKYO: The dollar held its gains against the euro on Tuesday as markets bet on a Federal Reserve rate hike next month, while emerging market currencies got a lift from optimism over the world's top economy.Dealers are awaiting fresh economic data, including third-quarter US growth later Tuesday, looking for the latest clues about the direction of Fed policy.The greenback has rallied against its major peers on the prospect of a small increase in borrowing costs ...
Dollar up on rate rise as markets slow ahead of Thanksgiving SINGAPORE: The dollar rose against the yen and emerging Asian currencies on Monday, boosted by a looming US interest rate hike, but analysts said liquidity will be thin ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.Mounting expectations the US will raise interest rates for the first time in almost a decade next month have driven the greenback higher.San Francisco Fed president John Williams fuelled bets for a rate rise this weekend when he said there was a "strong ...


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