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Yen gains on emerging nerves, Swedish crown jumps after GDP LONDON: A surprise blip higher in inflation drove the euro to its highest against the dollar this year on Friday, knocking back speculation of some sort of move to ease policy by the European Central Bank next week. In a market that had been leaning towards a softer number that would at least leave the door open to action to lower euro zone interest rates and hence returns on the euro, even the minimal surprise of a figure of 0.8 percent versus the forecast 0.7 was enough to send the single currency sharply higher. Still, the story of the past month on major currency markets has been of broad stability as a retreat of investors from emerging markets benefits safer bets like the euro, dollar, yen and Swiss franc across the board. That still looks intact. "The euro certainly looks good, everything is in place for more gains. But I ...

Rouble hits 5 year trough vs dollar; hryvnia at all-time low LONDON: The Russian rouble sank to five-year lows versus the dollar on Thursday and held near record lows against the euro, hit by concern over Russia's defiant response to the political turmoil in neighbouring Ukraine. Ukraine's hryvnia hit an all-time low against the dollar, while some sovereign bonds slipped as armed men in the Crimea peninsula seized the regional government headquarters and parliament and raised Russian flags. The prospect of armed conflict spooked investors after ...
Hungary leads currency, bond fall on rate cut BUDAPEST: Hungary led a fall of Central European currencies and bonds on Wednesday, after its central bank cut rates, triggering concern over demand at an upcoming government bond auction on Thursday, and as violence worsened in neighbouring Ukraine.The forint weakened more than 1 percent against the euro, dipping at one point to a 2-year low of 314.40. Hungarian government bond yields rose by 15-20 basis points, which dealers blamed largely on the central bank's insistence ...
Russian rouble hits boundary of announced central bank corridor MOSCOW: The Russian rouble has weakened to the level of 41.80 against a dollar-euro dollar-euro basket , the boundary of the corridor announced by the central bank. Earlier on Wednesday, the central bank said the corridor ranged from 34.80 to 41.80 from Feb. 18. The actual range of the corridor may differ because the central bank announces shifts a day after they occur. When the rouble falls to the edge of the corridor the bank ...
Dollar hits 7-week low vs euro ahead of Fed minutes LONDON: The dollar hit a seven-week low against the euro on Wednesday and its lowest level this year against a basket of currencies, weighed down by soft US data ahead of the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting. The euro rose as high as $1.37735 during Asian trading, its strongest level since January 2. The dollar later gained ground, leaving the euro last trading down 0.1 percent at $1.3744, with equity markets ...
Sterling falls, gilts up after rise in UK jobless rate LONDON: Sterling fell to a session low against the dollar and the euro while gilt futures extended gains on Wednesday after the UK jobless rate unexpectedly rose in the three months to December. Sterling fell to $1.6662 after the UK data was released from around $1.6722 beforehand. The euro was up slightly on the day, having hit a session high of 82.555 pence, from 82.25 pence before the data was released. Earlier, minutes from the ...
Rouble hits record lows on currency purchase plan MOSCOW: The rouble fell to record lows on Wednesday after news the finance ministry plans to buy nearly $6 billion in foreign currency on the market in coming months, decreasing the central bank's daily foreign exchange interventions.The ministry said on Tuesday it will buy $100 million each trading session via the central bank between Feb. 20 and May 31 to replenish one of its sovereign wealth funds.At 0605 GMT, the rouble hit an all-time low ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.23 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 4,863.36 0.27
Arrow S&P 2,056.15 0.24
Arrow FTSE 6,895.33 1.37
Arrow DAX 11,843.66 0.18
Arrow CAC-40 5,006.35 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 19,471.12 1.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,497.08 0.13
Arrow Sensex 27,457.58 2.33

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