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Dollar up on Fed's rate hint, yen boosted by Japan data TOKYO: The dollar rallied Thursday on the Federal Reserve's upbeat outlook for the US economy and put a December interest rate rise on the table, while the yen rose on positive Japanese data that tempered talk of fresh central bank stimulus.Emerging market currencies sank, with South Korea's won and the Indonesian rupiah among the worst hit on fears of a flight of capital back to the United States as traders look for better, safer investments.The Fed on Wednesday kept interest rates at record lows but expressed faith in the outlook for the world's top economy, brushing over recent weak spots -- such as under-par jobs growth -- and focusing on what it called "solid" consumer spending and business investment."The Fed language on tightening in December was a stronger indication than we've had from them in a long time about going soon," Imre Speizer, a senior market strategist at Westpac Banking ...

Aussie dollar, emerging currencies dip in Asian trading TOKYO: Jittery investors moved out of emerging market currencies Wednesday as they look to key US and Japanese central bank meetings, while worries about China and a weak inflation reading sent the Australian dollar tumbling. The Aussie lost nearly 1.0 percent against the US dollar in morning Asian trade, as official data showed the country's inflation rate came in at a lower-than-expected 0.5 percent.Worries about stalling growth in China -- the biggest buyer of Australia's ...
Yen rises against dollar as bank meetings eyed TOKYO: The yen rose in Asia on Tuesday ahead of a closely watched Bank of Japan policy meeting this week while traders bet the US Federal Reserve will delay an interest rate hike until early next year.With the Japanese economy struggling to gain traction and inflation tepid, the BoJ is facing calls to ramp up its already vast bond-buying stimulus programme at the end of a two-day meeting Friday.Adding to pressure on policymakers is China's ...
Dollar jumps against emerging currencies on China jitters TOKYO: The dollar picked up against some emerging currencies Monday, as China's interest rate cut at the end of last week fed fears about the state of the world's number two economy.The Malaysian ringgit, Indonesian rupiah and the South Korean won fell against the dollar as investors moved into safe assets, while the euro continued to struggle after the head of the European Central Bank last week hinted at further stimulus measures.Global equity markets had ...
Emerging currencies soar as ECB hints at fresh stimulus TOKYO: The euro held on to losses and emerging currencies soared Friday after the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) hinted at fresh stimulus measures for the stuttering eurozone economy.The single currency plunged against the yen and dollar after Mario Draghi said Thursday the ECB could expand its bond-buying programme or further cut record-low interest rates to fight tepid inflation and sagging growth across the 19-member bloc.With confidence buoyed by expectations of an easier ...
Sri Lankan rupee tad weaker on importer dollar demand; stocks up COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee traded a tad weaker on Thursday due to importer dollar demand, dealers said.The rupee was at 141.05/20 per dollar at 0705 GMT, compared with Wednesday's close of 141.00/05."The rupee will gradually and slowly fall as imports are more than exports. But in the run-up to the budget, the pressure will ease," a currency dealer said.Analysts expect Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to increase import taxes when he presents the 2016 budget ...
Dollar weakens against commodity-linked currencies TOKYO: Commodity-linked currencies rose against the dollar Thursday as oil prices recovered while sentiment got a boost from a positive open on volatile Chinese stock markets. "The strong open of the Chinese markets was met with some relief by markets today, with strong gains seen by commodity-related currencies in particular," said Angus Nicholson, a market analyst at IG."The Kiwi dollar, Indonesian rupiah and Aussie dollar were the three best-performing currencies in Asia today."Weak Japanese trade ...


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