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Pound hits two-year high against euro on Scotland results TOKYO: The British pound surged to a more than two-year high against the euro Friday, while it also rallied against the dollar as early results suggested Scotland will vote against independence from the United Kingdom.The euro tumbled to 0.7809 pounds in early Tokyo trade, down from 0.7882 pounds and its lowest level since July 2012, as dealers welcomed initial returns pointing to a disappointing night for the "Yes" camp.Sterling also jumped to $1.6522, its highest level since early September and much stronger than the $1.6389 in New York. It is also well up from the $1.6227 in Asia earlier Thursday.The pound hit a six-year high of 180.16 yen, up from 178.78 yen Thursday.The pound had suffered a sell-off in the past week after an opinion poll showed a majority of people in favour of leaving the 307-year-old union, which would have hammered the economy."As we await the results of the ...

Central banks drive Norwegian crown, franc higher LONDON: The Swiss franc and Norwegian crowns both gained after central bank meetings on Thursday, their moves a reflection of the greater volatility and activity that has begun to return to currency markets after a slack year.The dollar, whose surge since July is at the heart of a broad rise in volumes across major currency pairs, jumped another 1.5 percent against the yen after the Federal Reserve sent another shock through the financial system by ...
Turkey's lira extends losses, weakens to 2.23 against dollar ISTANBUL: The Turkish lira weakened further on Thursday afternoon, hitting a new 5-1/2 month low as the U.S. Federal Reserve's outlook for rising rates stoked concerns that emerging assets may lose some of their yield appeal.The lira eased as far as 2.2321 against the dollar by 1215 GMT, compared with 2.2073 late on Wednesday.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Sterling hits 2-year high versus euro as Scotland votes LONDON: Sterling rose on Thursday, hitting a two-year peak against the euro and a near two-week high against the dollar on growing expectations that Scotland will vote to stay within the United Kingdom.Thursday's vote on whether Scotland will opt for independence or not closes at 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) and the first trends are likely to come out a few hours after that.Most surveys show those supporting independence slightly behind those voting for a union, ...
Bets for volatile British pound soar as Scotland votes LONDON: Financial investors stepped up hedging against sharp fluctuations in the value of Britain's pound over the next 24 hours as Scots voted in an independence referendum that polls suggest is too close to call.The overnight sterling/dollar implied volatility rose to a high of 34.75 percent, almost 10 times levels seen a month ago, having closed on Wednesday at around 12.75 percent. The overnight options will expire on Friday, when results for the Scotland vote ...
Turkish lira weakens after Fed, Bank Asya see-saws ISTANBUL: The Turkish lira fell to a 5-1/2 month low on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve's outlook for rising rates stoked concerns that emerging assets may lose some of their yield appeal.Trade was volatile in Bank Asya, an Islamic finance institution, which surged 11 percent to 0.71 lira ($0.32) after sliding 11 percent at the opening. The share has sunk 43 percent this week since it resumed trading on Monday following a suspension of ...
Swiss franc rises to 1-week high after SNB announcement LONDON: The Swiss franc rose to a one-week high against the euro on Thursday, after the Swiss National Bank refrained from steps to weaken the currency, confounding some investors' expectations of a cut in deposit rates to negative. The euro fell to 1.2065 francs, down 0.2 percent on the day, having traded at 1.2112 before the SNB announcement. The dollar fell 0.4 percent to 0.9375 francs, having traded at around 0.9406 beforehand. The SNB kept ...

 



 
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