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Yen retreats as risk appetite returns, eyes on Yellen LONDON: The yen edged down on Friday as comments from a Federal Reserve policymaker helped revive some appetite for risk, with investors focused on a speech later by Fed chief Janet Yellen. European stocks, oil and peripheral euro zone bonds, rebounded after being hammered this week, while the safe-haven Japanese currency lost ground.The riskier Australian dollar gained 0.5 percent to trade at 93.58 yen. Having hit an 11-month high against the euro on the previous day, the yen retreated 0.3 percent against the single currency to 136.55 yen per euro, and was down 0.2 percent against the dollar. Comments from James Bullard, head of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, had already helped settle markets late on Thursday. He said that given a fall in inflation expectations, the Fed may want to keep up its bond-buying stimulus for now. "Judging from the equity markets today, and the relative stability in ...

Turkish lira at 3-week high amid improved emerging market sentiment ISTANBUL: Turkey's lira hit a three-week high on Friday despite tensions still running high on its southern border with Syria, as emerging markets rebounded on comments suggesting US policymakers favour delaying an interest rate hike. The lira firmed to 2.2470 against the dollar by 1440 GMT from 2.2670 late on Thursday. It was its firmest level since Sept. 25. The main share index closed up 1.28 percent to 75,533, outperforming the broader emerging markets index ...
Euro slides to 11-month low against yen, volatility rises LONDON: The euro skidded to a fresh 11-month low against the safe-haven yen on Thursday as euro zone peripheral bonds came under pressure and as global growth worries sent investors in search of refuge.The euro fell 1 percent against the Japanese currency to 134.36 yen on trading platform EBS. Against the dollar, the euro fell 0.8 percent to $1.2720.The moves came as Greek 10-year bond yields rose by one percentage point, on mounting worries over ...
Euro dives on debt worries, Norway's crown hammered LONDON: The euro fell along with dramatic losses for higher-yielding currencies like the Norwegian crown and Australian dollar on Thursday as a sell-off of Spanish and Italian debt added to a growing sense of panic in financial markets.Another day of turmoil on European stocks was spurred by a spread of concerns from Greece to other debt-laden southern European nations, with Spain struggling to place all of a planned sale of bonds. U.S. stock futures also ...
Rouble's plunge shows Russia's reliance on Western money MOSCOW: A steep plunge in the rouble, caused by sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and falling oil prices, has underlined Russia's heavy dependence on Western finance to balance its dollar-thirsty economy.For all President Vladimir Putin's anti-Western bravado and talk of shifting Russia's economic ties to Asia, the last few weeks show the opposite - that the cogs of the economy are oiled by financial flows from the West.A fall in foreign exchange inflows has prompted ...
Sterling held back by dampened UK rate hike expectations LONDON: Sterling fell against the dollar on Thursday, moving back towards the previous session's 11-month low, on expectations that a rise in British interest rates will be delayed.The dollar stabilised after a sharp sell-off on Wednesday following weaker-than-expected retail sales data. That pushed back expectations for a rate rise in the United States into 2016 and investors cut favourable dollar bets.Sterling was down 0.3 percent against the dollar at $1.5975 , having hit $1.5875 on ...
Dollar creeps back as growth worries dominate LONDON: The dollar recovered a third of a percent in value against other major currencies on Thursday after recording its steepest daily fall against the euro in well over a year in the previous session. A day of carnage on markets on Wednesday was marked by a return of the concerns over Greece which have haunted Europe for five years and some much poorer than expected US data, all adding to worries over global growth. ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,390.52 1.13
Arrow Nasdaq 4,630.74 1.41
Arrow S&P 2,018.05 1.17
Arrow FTSE 6,546.47 1.28
Arrow DAX 9,326.87 2.33
Arrow CAC-40 4,233.09 2.22
Arrow Nikkei 16,413.76 4.83
Arrow H.Seng 23,998.06 1.25
Arrow Sensex 27,865.83 1.90

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
Imports $45.11 bln
WeeklyOctober 27, 2014
Reserves $13.464 bln