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Yen extends losses on fresh BoJ easing expectations TOKYO/SYDNEY: The yen carved out a fresh 3-1/2-year low versus the dollar on Tuesday and fell to a 4-1/2-year trough on the Australian dollar as traders bet the Bank of Japan's stimulus may be bolder and come sooner than expected.The Nikkei business daily reported the nominee for BoJ governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, had hinted on Monday he may launch new monetary easing steps soon after he takes office next week, rather than wait for his first scheduled policy meeting on April 3-4.In addition, the minutes from the BoJ's February meeting, where it kept its policy on hold, showed some board members considered buying JGBs with longer remaining maturities as an option."The minutes showed buying longer-dated bonds were discussed even among the current board members. The market has priced in more buying in bonds with up to five years to maturity. But if the BOJ is to go beyond that, that's not ...

Yen falls further as BoJ pick backs inflation target NEW YORK: The yen sank further Monday after the nominee to lead the Bank of Japan reiterated his vow to ramp up monetary easing and pursue higher inflation, while the euro gained slightly on the dollar.At 2100 GMT the dollar was buying 96.26 yen, compared with 95.97 yen late Friday. The euro pushed to 125.59 yen from 124.83 yen.The euro pushed to $1.3046 from $1.3004."Despite all the bad news.. the euro refuses to go down," ...
Indian rupee falls on dollar strength; trade data supports MUMBAI: The Indian rupee fell on Monday, retreating from an over one-week high hit earlier in the session, as relief from domestic trade data showing a rise in exports failed to offset the global strength in the dollar after a stronger-than-expected US jobs data.India's exports rose 4.25 percent in February from a year earlier, narrowing the trade deficit to $14.92 billion and alleviating some concerns about the current account deficit.Investors are gearing up for the ...
Dollar jumps in Asia on hopes for US jobs TOKYO: The dollar rose to a three-and-a-half-year high against the yen in Asia Friday as dealers grew confident of encouraging results from key US jobs data due later in the global day.The greenback climbed to 95.42 yen in Tokyo -- its strongest since August 2009 -- from 94.83 yen in New York late Thursday, while the euro dipped to $1.3095 in Tokyo morning trade against $1.3107.The single currency was also buying 124.92 yen, compared with ...
Yuan closes down on resumed dollar appreciation SHANGHAI: The yuan pulled back from near seven-week highs on Thursday as the dollar resumed its climb.The People's Bank of China (PBOC) set the official midpoint -- from which the exchange rate is allowed to diverge by 1 percent in either direction -- at 6.2785, down 0.06 percent from Wednesday's midpoint, as the dollar index shot upward in overnight trade after sinking for most of the week.Intraday trade remained range-bound at the strong side of ...
Dollar powers ahead on job hopes, sterling falters TOKYO: The dollar hovered near its highest level in 6-1/2 months against a basket of major currencies on Thursday after solid job data fueled hopes that the US economy is improving.In contrast, the British pound fell to a 2-1/2-year low as market players positioned for more stimulus from the Bank of England as the UK economy faces the threat of triple-dip recession.The yen and the euro were undermined by expectations the Bank of Japan and ...
Yen strengthens after BoJ stands pat on policy TOKYO: The yen strengthened in Asia on Thursday after the Bank of Japan (BoJ) wrapped up its last policy meeting under governor Masaaki Shirakawa with no fresh policy measures.The greenback changed hands at 93.87 yen in Tokyo, against 94.04 yen in New York late Wednesday, while the euro bought 121.97 yen from 122.00 yen.The European currency gained to $1.2992 against $1.2971, ahead of a policy meeting of the European Central Bank later in the day.The ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,919.59 0.48
Arrow Nasdaq 4,527.52 0.43
Arrow S&P 1,981.60 0.50
Arrow FTSE 6,779.31 0.56
Arrow DAX 9,334.28 0.96
Arrow CAC-40 4,254.45 0.56
Arrow Nikkei 15,449.79 0.83
Arrow H.Seng 25,122.95 0.67
Arrow Sensex 26,420.67 0.11

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