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Russian rouble plunges 5pc as rate cut expectations mount MOSCOW: The Russian rouble plunged over 5 percent on Friday ad a recent rally ran out of steam and markets digested the probability that the central bank will soon cut its main lending rate again. At 1500 GMT, the rouble was 5.1 percent weaker against the dollar at 52.44 and had lost 5.2 percent to 56.48 versus the euro. Friday's sell-off followed a strong rebound in the rouble this month, which had pushed the dollar's value below 50 roubles for the first time since late November. Even after the sell-off, the rouble remains up around 10 percent against the dollar this month, and up a third since hitting a 2015 low at the end of January. However, several analysts had warned that the rouble's value was becoming stretched, not least because the central bank is expected to keep cutting its key lending rate, now at 14 percent, when it next ...

Sterling rises against dollar on US rate hike doubts LONDON: Sterling hit its highest against the dollar in over a week on Thursday, after weaker-than-expected US economic data cast doubt on prospects of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year. US housing starts rose far less than expected in March and permits recorded their biggest drop since last May, which could raise concerns about the US economy's ability to bounce back from a soft patch hit in the first quarter. Separate data showed ...
Currencies ease, Poland gives no guidance on zloty BUDAPEST: Central Europe's main currencies weakened on Wednesday, although the zloty remained near multi-year highs after Poland's central bank avoided commenting at a news conference on its recent strength.Hungary's forint led the weakening, shedding 1.2 percent against the euro by 1530 GMT. The Hungarian central bank said a planned tax cut would depend on banks increasing corporate lending. Managing Director Martin Nagy also said more measures might be adopted to help foreign currency borrowers.In Poland, ...
Sterling hits four-week high vs euro after ECB sticks to QE guns LONDON: Sterling rose half a percent to a four-week high against the euro on Wednesday after the European Central Bank said it had no plans to curb or curtail its 1.1 trillion-euro asset-purchase programme.Describing speculation that the fledgling 60 billion-euro-a- month scheme would be scaled back as "surprising", ECB President Mario Draghi made clear quantitative easing would last until September 2016 or until inflation was back up to target. The euro fell across the board ...
Euro on the ropes as ECB set to stick to QE despite recent pickup LONDON: The euro fell broadly on Wednesday, after the European Central Bank kept borrowing rates unchanged, as expected, and is likely to reiterate a dovish policy bias despite a recent pick-up in economic activity.At Wednesday's meeting, the ECB left its main refinancing rate, which determines the cost of credit in the economy, at 0.05 percent. It also kept the rate on bank overnight deposits at -0.20 percent, which means banks pay to park funds with ...
Sterling dips vs dollar, all eyes on polls LONDON: Sterling fell a third of a percent against a broadly stronger dollar on Wednesday, but was around 2 cents above 5-year lows hit earlier this week as questions continue about the impact of elections next month.While there has been much hedging by financial players against potential volatility around May 7 polls from which no outright winner is expected, the pound's trade-weighted value has been stable for almost two months and is up more than ...
Sterling dips after inflation holds at zero LONDON: Sterling fell by as much as half a cent against the dollar on Tuesday after UK headline inflation came in at zero for the second month running, while other price indicators were marginally softer than expected.Weak inflation is one of the main barriers standing between the Bank of England and an early rise in interest rates, and doubt about the bank's ability to move before the middle of next year have hurt the pound. ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,826.30 1.54
Arrow Nasdaq 4,931.82 1.52
Arrow S&P 2,081.18 1.13
Arrow FTSE 6,994.60 0.93
Arrow DAX 11,688.70 2.58
Arrow CAC-40 5,143.26 1.55
Arrow Nikkei 19,652.88 1.17
Arrow H.Seng 27,653.12 0.31
Arrow Sensex 28,442.10 0.78

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