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Sterling set for weekly gains vs euro as BoE/ECB rate paths diverge LONDON: Sterling was on track for its second straight week of gains against the euro on Friday, trading not far from 26-month highs, buoyed by expectations that monetary policy in Britain and the euro zone were headed in opposite directions. Divergence, the yield gap between the two-year British government bonds and German bunds was near peaks last seen in September 2008, bolstering the pound's allure. Support for sterling got a boost on Thursday when Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney said that a rise in interest rates was "getting closer". Sterling was steady against the euro and the dollar in early London trade. The euro was flat at 78.12 pence, not far from its low of 77.855 struck on Thursday, and heading for its second week of losses. Against a buoyant dollar, sterling was steady at $1.6321, staying well below a high of $1.6525 struck after Scotland voted to ...

Russia's rouble currency hits new all-time low vs dollar MOSCOW: Russia's rouble currency hit a new all-time low against the US dollar on Friday, touching a low of 38.97 against a backdrop of a stronger dollar. The rouble has reached several historic lows in the past few months, weighed down by the Ukraine crisis. At 0824 GMT, the rouble had recovered slightly to trade at 38.92. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
France to sell 7-8bn euros of long-term bonds Oct. 2 PARIS: France will sell 7-8 bln euros of bonds at a long-term, fixed-rate bond auction on Thursday, the Agence France Tresor public debt management agency said on Friday. The bonds to be offered are the 1.75 percent OAT maturing May 23, the 1.75 percent November 2024 bond and the 2.75 percent October 2027 bond, AFT said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Turkish central bank takes action as lira hits 8 month lows ISTANBUL: The Turkish lira dropped to its weakest level against the dollar in almost eight months on Friday, prompting the central bank to increase its daily forex-selling auctions and tighten lira liquidity. The lira traded at 2.2570 versus the greenback by 0946 GMT, firming from 2.2640 earlier after the bank said it was increasing its auction amount to a minimum $40 million from Monday, compared with $10 million previously. The rise in the dollar this ...
Russia's rouble hits new record low, Sistema shares continue slide MOSCOW: The Russian rouble hit a new record low against the dollar on Friday, hurt in part by companies' foreign debt repayments, while shares in conglomerate Sistema plunged after another twist in a criminal investigation into its chairman. The Russian currency has touched several historic lows in the past few months as investors in Russian assets have taken fright over the Ukraine crisis and as prices of oil, a major Russian export, have fallen below ...
Dollar holds near four-year highs, Europe stocks recover LONDON: The dollar held just below a four-year high against a basket of currencies on Friday, fuelled by the biggest yield advantage over the euro in nearly 15 years as the Federal Reserve contemplates hiking interest rates. European equities shrugged off a sharp sell-off in Asian and US markets overnight, clawing off one-month lows and led by euro zone banks, seen as the big winners of the European Central Bank's measures to prop up inflation ...
Sterling eyes 2008 highs vs euro after dollar jump LONDON: Sterling hit its highest levels in two years against the euro on Thursday, making the single currency briefly worth less than 78 pence for the first time since July 2012.Along with a raft of other major currencies, the pound was lower against the dollar, but the contrasting outlooks for monetary policy in the euro zone and United Kingdom have taken sterling to within a whisker of highs not seen against the euro since the ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,677.90 1.32
Arrow Nasdaq 4,452.79 1.60
Arrow S&P 1,950.82 1.23
Arrow FTSE 6,419.15 0.30
Arrow DAX 9,047.31 1.20
Arrow CAC-40 4,157.68 1.28
Arrow Nikkei 15,138.96 0.37
Arrow H.Seng 23,333.18 0.30
Arrow Sensex 26,851.05 0.24

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
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