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Egyptian pound broadly steady after Moody's review CAIRO: Egypt's pound held steady at a central bank dollar sale on Monday, showing little reaction to Moody's decision to raise the nation's credit rating outlook to stable from negative.Mood's said the political and security situation was more stable and saw signs of economic recovery, but kept the rating at Caa1 saying government finances are still too weak.The bank said it sold $37.6 million at a cut-off price of 7.1401 pounds per dollar on Monday, unchanged from the last sale on Thursday.The rates at which banks are allowed to trade dollars are determined by the results of central bank sales, giving the bank effective control over official exchange rates.In the unofficial market, the pound was trading at 7.47 to the dollar, weaker than Thursday's rate of 7.45 to the dollar, one trader said. Another trader said the pound was trading at 7.475 midday on Monday. The pound has been steadily ...

Ugandan shilling flat, seen weaker on energy, telecoms demand KAMPALA: The Ugandan shilling was little changed on Monday although traders said the currency was still vulnerable to losses because of expected demand for dollars from manufacturing, telecoms and energy companies.At 0952 GMT commercial banks quoted the shilling at 2,675/2,685, unchanged from Friday's close."We still expect significant demand from players in the manufacturing, telecoms and energy sectors," said Faisal Bukenya, the head of market making at Barclays Bank. "I believe in the short term the ...
South Africa's rand, govt bonds steady as market awaits budget JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's rand traded in a narrow range against the dollar on Monday, with domestic focus firmly on Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's medium term budget statement for an update on the health of the economy. Nene is likely to cut the GDP growth forecast for 2014, largely due to crippling wage strikes earlier in the year, and will probably predict a wider budget deficit than seen in February. The rand was at 11.0780 versus ...
Kenya shilling weakens ahead of long weekend, stocks edge lower NAIROBI: The Kenyan shilling weakened against the dollar on Friday as traders bought US currency to square positions before a long weekend, while stocks edged lower.The shilling closed at 89.10/89.20 on Friday, weaker than Thursday's close at 88.90/89.00.A senior trader at a Nairobi-based commercial bank said that after several days of volatile market conditions investors were squaring positions as the markets will be shut on Monday for a national holiday."If you look at the offshore ...
Egyptian pound steady on official, weaker on black market CAIRO: Egypt's pound held steady at a central bank dollar sale on Thursday, when the bank said it sold $37.6 million at a cut-off price of 7.1401 pounds per dollar.The price was unchanged from Wednesday's sale.In the unofficial market, the pound was trading at 7.45 to the dollar, weaker than Wednesday's rate of 7.40 to the dollar, one trader said.The rate for dollar sales has stayed in a tight range since the beginning of June, ...
Kenyan shilling gains on offshore investors; Safaricom sinks shares NAIROBI: The Kenyan shilling strengthened for a second straight session on Thursday dollars flowed in from offshore investors. Stocks edged lower.The shilling closed at 88.90/89.00, stronger than Wednesday's 89.10/89.20.A surge of dollars, most likely from offshore investors seeking to buy government debt, supported the local currency, said Eric Gathecha, a trader at I&M Bank."I'm thinking it must be for the government bonds coming up... we've seen quite a bit of (dollar) inflows," said Gathecha.Kenya will ...
Kenyan shilling holds steady against the dollar NAIROBI: The Kenyan shilling held steady against the dollar on Thursday and traders said payment of monthly taxes by firms could curb liquidity and offer mild support for the currency.At 0715 GMT, the shilling was trading at 89.10/20, unchanged from Wednesday's close.A trader with a leading commercial bank said that companies paying their monthly taxes this week are creating support for the shilling. "But it's a temporary support," he said.The shilling could come under pressure ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln