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Dollar rises against emerging currencies after China data TOKYO: The dollar rallied against emerging currencies in Asia Tuesday as Chinese trade data showing an import slump fuelled anxiety about slower growth of the region's largest economy.The risk-off mood, fanned by a decline on Monday in crude oil prices, weighed especially on the Indonesian rupiah and the Malaysian ringgit.The greenback advanced more than one percent against both units.Dealers also sold the dollar against the yen, which is seen as a safe-haven currency in times of turmoil, as they sought refuge from riskier assets.The move into safe assets follows a torrid July-September quarter that saw trillions wiped off stock valuations and the emerging currencies tumble.Global markets went into meltdown in August after China devalued its yuan currency, fueling anxiety about the state of China's economy, while traders were also on edge over an expected US interest rate rise in 2015.Many emerging market currencies saw some decent trade last week, with ...

Sri Lankan rupee ends weaker on late importer dollar demand COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee ended weaker on Monday as late importer dollar demand outpaced dollar selling by banks, dealers said. The rupee closed at 140.40/45 per dollar compared with Friday's close of 140.30/40. "There was importer demand in the latter part of the day," said a currency dealer asking not to be named. But dealers said importer dollar demand has reduced following government measures to discourage vehicle imports. Vehicle imports will drop by at ...
Sri Lankan rupee rises on bank dollar selling COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee ended up on Friday as banks sold dollars with subdued importer dollar demand due to measures taken by the government to discourage vehicle imports, dealers said. Vehicle imports will drop by at least 90 percent after the government changes the way it calculates the value of certain motor vehicles, officials said on Friday. Last week, the government imposed a 100 percent margin on letters of credit for motor vehicles to ...
Emerging currencies, Asia equities rally on Fed minutes HONG KONG: Malaysia's ringgit and Indonesia's rupiah led an emerging market rally against the dollar Friday while Asian equities also pushed higher after minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting suggested it could keep borrowing costs at record lows into next year.Energy firms tracked a surge in oil prices as hopes for crude demand picked up and ongoing crises in the Middle East fanned supply worries.The gains across assets come after a painful July-September ...
Emerging market currencies make fresh gains TOKYO: The dollar declined further against some emerging Asian currencies Thursday on waning expectations of an early rise in US interest rates.With last Friday's below-par US jobs report muddying the Federal Reserve's plans for lifting borrowing costs by the end of the year, many higher-yielding, or riskier, units have benefited.Emerging market currencies have been hammered in recent months as expectations of a US rate rise built up and China's economic growth slowed. Beijing's shock devaluation ...
Sri Lankan rupee ends higher on dollar selling by bank, low importer demand COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan rupee ended firmer on Wednesday as a private bank sold dollars amid tepid demand for the greenback from importers, dealers said. The rupee ended at 140.55/65 per dollar, compared with Tuesday's close of 141.05/141.10. Dealers said the two state-run banks through which the central bank directs the market were not seen selling dollars, but a local private bank sold the US currency, which helped the rupee to trade higher. "Rupee ended ...
Yen firmer after BoJ holds fire on fresh easing TOKYO: The yen rose against the dollar Wednesday after the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its monetary easing programme at the end of a two-day meeting.The BoJ said it decided to keep the current 80 trillion yen ($665 billion) annual asset-buying scheme to stimulate the economy by an 8-1 vote, saying the Japanese economy is on track to recovery despite negative growth in the last quarter.The dollar stood at 119.93 in early afternoon trade ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,798.49 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 5,127.52 0.22
Arrow S&P 2,090.11 0.06
Arrow FTSE 6,375.15 0.28
Arrow DAX 11,293.76 0.24
Arrow CAC-40 4,930.14 0.32
Arrow Nikkei 19,883.94 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 22,068.32 1.87
Arrow Sensex 26,128.20 0.65

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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
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