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Sterling in limbo ahead of UK jobs, housing reports LONDON: Sterling traded just off 18-month highs to the euro on Monday, with investors looking to jobs, wage and housing data for fresh direction after a buffetting following European Central Bank policy action last week.The euro has largely held its ground since the ECB took a series of steps aimed at supporting growth and increasing the volume of euros in circulation in the economy last Thursday. "We are in a kind of no-man's land at the moment," said Lee Hardman, a currency strategist with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi-UTJ in London. "Ultimately our view is the moves by the ECB were modestly negative for the euro but it will probably take until later this year for the downward pressure on it to build." The prospect of the Bank of England raising rates well before its peers in Europe and the United States is at the heart of sterling's surge over the past ...

Euro nudges higher, shaking off post-ECB easing impact LONDON: The euro rose against the dollar and the yen on Monday, as speculators cut large bets against the single currency, confident the ECB will not be easing policy again soon. Amid lower-than-usual volumes due to a holiday in some parts of Europe, the dollar gave up some gains made after upbeat US jobs data on Friday.The reassuring data bolstered risk appetite and underpinned higher-yielding currencies like the Australian and New Zealand dollars. The euro ...
Sterling climbs against euro on diverging policy outlooks LONDON: Sterling rose against the euro on Friday, climbing towards 18-month highs hit a day earlier, with diverging interest rate outlooks expected to underpin the British currency in the near term. While the European Central Bank declined to rule out quantitative easing on Thursday after imposing negative rates on excess cash parked with it, the Bank of England is likely to raise interest rates early next year. That expectation has helped drive the pound 10 ...
Sterling struggles, gilts end losing streak after ECB boost LONDON: Sterling gained ground on Thursday but failed to hold onto 17-month highs hit against the euro after a European Central Bank meeting that did little to dent the single currency's immediate appeal.Expectations that the Bank of England will raise interest rates next year have driven the pound 10 percent higher against a basket of currencies over the past year.That move has stalled in recent months but, all things being equal, the ECB's moves on ...
Euro tumbles to four-month low after ECB cuts rates LONDON: The euro tumbled to its lowest level in four months and European stocks rose on Thursday after the European Central Bank cut all of its key interest rates. The euro fell 0.15 percent to $1.3558, its weakest level since February 6, after the ECB said it would take one of its rates into negative territory for the first time in the bid to fight deflation. The move also supported European stocks.The CAC 40 in ...
Euro falls, Bunds rally after ECB rate decision LONDON: The euro fell to a four-month low and German Bund futures rallied on Thursday after the European Central Bank cut interest rates and said further policy measures would be announced later in the day.The ECB's initial announcement of a cut in its key interest rates, including slashing its deposit rate below zero for the first time, triggered volatile market trading before it said in a statement more action would be forthcoming.The euro traded down ...
Euro hovers near 4-month lows as ECB looms LONDON: The euro languished near four-month lows on Thursday as investors wait to see how aggressive the European Central Bank will be in loosening monetary policy to tackle the threat of disinflation. The bank is widely expected to cut interest rates by 10-15 basis points, sending the deposit rate into negative territory for the first time and injecting liquidity into the banking system. The market also thinks it will offer longer-term loans in a bid ...


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Arrow DJIA 18,034.93 1.17
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Arrow DAX 11,891.59 1.74
Arrow CAC-40 5,187.59 0.86
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Arrow H.Seng 27,094.93 2.02
Arrow Sensex 27,886.21 1.95

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