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Russian rouble gains on oil and weaker dollar MOSCOW: Russia's rouble gained on Thursday, helped by a surge in oil prices and a weaker dollar.At 1105 GMT, the rouble was around 1.7 percent stronger against the dollar at 56.73 and gained 0.8 percent to trade at 62.49 versus the euro.Brent crude oil rose over 3 percent on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies launched air strikes against Yemen. The operation could stoke concerns about the security of Middle East oil shipments.Oil is key driver for all Russian assets since it is the country's chief export.The dollar, meanwhile, was soft in the wake of disappointing U.S. data that suggested its recent rally was on hold for now.Dmitry Polevoy at ING Bank in Moscow said a sharp rouble rally early in the session on Thursday could have forced traders to close long positions in foreign currency, driving further rouble gains.Analysts said, however, that pressure on the rouble ...

Turkish lira falls on worries over violation of Kurdish ceasefire ISTANBUL: Turkey's lira slipped on worries of renewed fighting with Kurdish militants after the military said it had fired artillery and mortar shells in retaliation at Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) positions in southeast Turkey.The PKK took up arms to carve out an independent Kurdish homeland in the southeast in 1984 but declared a formal ceasefire with Turkey two years ago after decades of violence.Earlier in the week in a published note, JP Morgan had identified ...
Russian rouble turns negative after setting new 2015 highs MOSCOW: The rouble hit fresh 2015 highs early on Wednesday as Russian exporters sold foreign currencies to pay monthly taxes, before falling back sharply after these taxes had been paid.At 1545 GMT, the rouble was down 0.2 percent against the dollar at 57.80 and 0.6 percent weaker at 63.39 versus the euro.The Russian currency had traded as much as 2 percent higher on the day, setting a new 2015 peaks of 56.61 per dollar and ...
Sterling weaker on subdued inflation outlook, looming election LONDON: Sterling fell against the euro on Wednesday, hitting a one-month low as investors pushed back expectations of interest rate hikes amid growing talk that inflation in Britain will stay low for sometime to come.Annual inflation in Britain dropped to zero in February and investors are factoring in the chance of a first rate hike in mid-2016, having pushed it back from early 2016 last week.BoE policymaker Kristin Forbes said on Wednesday that the low ...
FX options indicate big euro/dollar swings may pause LONDON: Recent sharp swings in the euro/dollar exchange rate have not been matched by moves in the currency options market, as a cautious outlook from the U.S. Federal Reserve pushes back expectations of when rates will rise.The euro, which hit a 12-year low of $1.04570 the day before the Fed meeting began, jumped to a high of $1.10625 in the hours after Fed Chair Janet Yellen hinted on March 18 that interest rates would not ...
Euro rises towards $1.10, bolstered by robust German IFO survey LONDON: The euro climbed towards $1.10 against the dollar on Wednesday and gained against most major currencies, helped by a robust survey of German business morale that added to signs that an economic recovery in the euro zone is strengthening.But with the ECB's 1.1 trillion euro asset purchase programme under way, short-dated euro zone bond yields were likely to be capped and keep gains in the euro limited, traders said.The German IFO indicator, based on ...
Sterling falls against euro on inflation, political uncertainty LONDON: Sterling remained under pressure against the euro on Wednesday, staying at a one-month low in early trade after data on Tuesday showed British inflation dropped to zero last month, its lowest since records began.Analysts said the number might further push out expectations of when interest rates would rise from their record lows. Investors are factoring in the chance of a first rate hike in mid-2016, having pushed it back from early 2016 last week.Bank ...


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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