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Dollar starts week under pressure, markets eye Jackson Hole TOKYO/SYDNEY: The dollar edged down against a basket of currencies on Monday, as US Treasury yields wallowed close to 16-month lows and made the greenback less attractive. Sterling rose after the Bank of England indicated that UK interest rates may have to rise even before wage growth recovers, backtracking from earlier comments that prompted markets to push out the risk of a rate hike. But the US dollar, euro and yen were little changed from their levels late in New York on Friday, where heightened tensions in Ukraine drove global bond yields to fresh lows. The euro last traded at $1.3397, flat on the day and well within a slim $1.3333-$1.3445 range seen so far this month. Against the yen, the common currency edged down slightly to 136.05. The greenback bought 102.32 yen, slightly down from Friday but still roughly in the middle of this month's 101.51-103.05 range. The dollar ...

South Korean won hits 5-week high, shares fall slightly SEOUL: The South Korean won hit a 5-week intraday high on Monday, as exporters sold dollars after stock markets around the world showed resilience to the latest tensions in Ukraine. The won ended local trade at 1,017.6 per dollar after hitting a session high of 1,015.5, its strongest since July 11, compared with Thursday's domestic close of 1,021.2. South Korean financial markets were closed on Friday for a public holiday. In contrast, Seoul shares fell ...
Yen ticks up in Asia amid Ukraine tensions TOKYO: The yen ticked up in Asia Monday as investors nervously watched the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis, while looking to a speech by the US Federal Reserve chief later this week.In Tokyo afternoon trading, the dollar slipped to 102.32 yen from 102.34 yen in New York Friday.The euro weakened to 137.05 yen from 137.11 yen, while it also slipped to $1.3393 from $1.3397.Traders moved into the yen -- a safe-haven currency during times ...
China yuan's steadies at 5-month highs after stronger fix HONG KONG: China's yuan held at five-month highs on Monday after the central bank signaled it was comfortable with the currency's recent gains by setting the daily midpoint stronger against the dollar. The yuan's recent rally has wiped out more than half of the 3.3 percent of losses for the currency earlier this year when the monetary authorities engineered an unexpected depreciation to deter speculative bets on the currency's one-sided rise.The People's Bank of China ...
South Korean won sets 5-week high, shares hit by profit-taking SEOUL: The South Korean won rose to a 5-week high on dollar selling by exporters after Wall Street's recovery from tensions in Ukraine boosted buyer interest in riskier assets.The won was quoted at 1,017.7 per dollar at 0248 GMT after rising as high as 1,016.9 per dollar, its strongest since touching 1,015.1 on July 11, compared with Thursday's domestic close of 1,021.2.South Korean financial markets were closed on Friday for a public holiday."Exporters were leading ...
Yen ticks up in Asia amid Ukraine tensions TOKYO: The yen ticked up in Asia Monday as investors nervously watched the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis, while looking to a speech by the Federal Reserve chief later this week.In midday Tokyo trading, the dollar slipped to 102.31 yen from 102.34 yen in New York Friday.The euro weakened to 137.02 yen from 137.11 yen, while it also slipped to $1.3393 from $1.3397.Traders moved into the yen -- a safe-haven currency during times of ...
Sri Lanka rupee edges up on exporter dollar sales after rate decision COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee rose against the dollar on Friday in dull trade as exporter sales of the greenback outpaced mild importer demand, dealers said, while bond yields gained in the secondary market after the central bank held key policy rates steady. The rupee ended at 130.16/17 per dollar, slightly firmer from Thursday's close of 130.16/19. It hit a two-week low of 130.26 per dollar on Wednesday. Two state banks, through which the central ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 15, 2014
Reserves $14.264 bln