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South African rand dips ahead of S&P rating review, stocks rise

26/05 South Africa's rand weakened in cautious trade on Friday as investors took profits from a rally in the previous session ahead of a ratings review decision by S&P Global Ratings.  Full story

Indonesia c.bank's extra policy meeting to look ahead to Fed's June review - gov

05h18 The additional policy meeting that Indonesia's central bank has scheduled for Wednesday is a pre-emptive review ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's June meeting, Bank Indonesia's new governor said on Monday.. . .  Full story

Oil sinks while stocks gain on North Korea, euro shaken by Italy

05h17 U.S. oil futures hit six-week lows on expectations major producers may ease output curbs on Monday, while Asian stocks and U.S. share futures gained on signs the United States and North Korea were still. . .  Full story

Indonesian govt to improve state firms' leverage, governance - finmin

04h50 Indonesia's government plans to improve debt management and governance of its state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as part of several measures to maintain economic stability, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Monday.. . .  Full story

Euro crawls off 6-1/2-month lows, Italy tries to allay investor concerns

04h35 The euro crawled off a 6-1/2-month low against the dollar on Monday, catching its breath after Italy's president tried to allay investor worries about political unrest in the country, although the prospect of a near-term. . .  Full story

S.Korea stocks, won gain on revived N.Korea-US summit hopes

04h19 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea's KOSPI stock index and the won rose on Monday after. . .  Full story

S.Korean won, Indonesian rupiah rise; Malaysian ringgit slips

03h48 The following table shows rates for Asian currencies against the dollar at 0144 GMT. CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR Currency. . .  Full story

Oil prices fall as top 3 producers look to boost supplies

03h35 Oil prices fell on Monday, extending a steep decline in the previous session, as the market eyed an increase in output from the world's three top crude producers, Russia, the United States and Saudi. . .  Full story

Russia and Turkey ink pipeline agreement, end gas dispute

26/05 Russian state gas giant Gazprom said on Saturday it had signed a protocol with the Turkish government on a planned gas pipeline and agreed with Turkish firm Botas to end an arbitration dispute over. . .  Full story

Turkey, Russia agree 10.25 pct natural gas discount, Ankara to get $1 bln payment-Erdogan

26/05 Turkey and Russia have reached a retroactive agreement for a 10.25 percent discount on the natural gas Ankara buys from Moscow, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.. . .  Full story

Erdogan calls on Turks to convert dollar, euros into lira

26/05 Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Turks on Saturday to convert their dollar and euro savings into lira, as he sought to bolster the ailing currency which has lost some 20 percent of its. . .  Full story

Pakistan seeks economic lifeline with fresh China loans

26/05 Pakistan expects to obtain fresh Chinese loans worth $1-2 billion to help it avert a balance of payments crisis, Pakistani government sources said, in another sign of Islamabad's growing reliance on Beijing for financial support.. . .  Full story

Brazilian stocks sink amid crippling truckers' strike

25/05 Brazil's main stock market fell to a five-month low and its real currency weakened on Friday as the fifth day of a truckers' protest over fuel prices hobbled a wide range of industries from. . .  Full story

Oil price fall hits energy shares, dollar rises

25/05 Growing expectations of increased oil supply hit crude prices on Friday, lifting the U.S. dollar and weighing on energy shares, while political upheaval in Europe and uncertainty over a U.S.-North Korea summit restrained equity markets.. . .  Full story

Brazil trucker association calls on protesting drivers to clear roads

25/05 A Brazilian truckers association that says it represents 600,000 drivers called on Friday for drivers who have blockaded roads for five days nationwide to clear their rigs from roadways and allow transportation to begin returning. . .  Full story

Dollar ends week stronger as commodity-linked peers slip

25/05 The dollar rose against a basket of peers on Friday and was on pace to finish the week at its strongest since mid-November, as commodity-linked currencies fell following a slump in oil prices and. . .  Full story

Turkish lira volatile, central bank moves to help firms on foreign debt

25/05 Turkey's lira wobbled in volatile trade on Friday, as investors tried to gauge prospects of another interest rates increase after this week's emergency action by authorities struggling to stabilise the plunging currency.. . .  Full story

Take Five: World markets themes for the week ahead

25/05 Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them.. . .  Full story

Brazil finance minister says govt must find structural solutions to diesel prices

25/05 Brazil's Finance Minister Eduardo Guardia said on Friday that the government must find "structural solutions" to rising diesel prices, as truckers protesting fuel costs continued a nationwide blockade that has hamstrung key sectors of the. . .  Full story

Brazil's Temer says 'radical minority' continue trucker protests

25/05 Brazilian President Michel Temer said on Friday that a "radical minority" of truck drivers were continuing a nationwide blockade of key roadways that has crippled key sectors of the economy and led to shortages. . .  Full story

Spanish, Italian politics rattle bond and stock markets

25/05 Borrowing costs in southern Europe shot up on Friday and stock markets in Milan and Madrid fell as threatened no-confidence motions against Spain's prime minister exacerbated a sell-off provoked by growing political risk in Italy.. . .  Full story

Sri Lanka accepts $1 bln, 8-yr syndicated loan from China Dev Bank

25/05 Sri Lanka has accepted an eight-year China Development Bank $1 billion syndicated loan to repay loans maturing this year, two top Finance Ministry officials said on Friday.. . .  Full story

City of Sao Paulo declares state of emergency due to trucker protest

25/05 South America's biggest city and main business hub declared a state of emergency on Friday, suspending non-essential administrative services to save fuel amid a trucking protest that has blockaded major Brazilian highways for five days.. . .  Full story

How Italy's mini-BOT "parallel currency" would work

25/05 One of the most radical proposals in the programme of Italy's anti-establishment coalition is to issue securities to pay off individuals and companies who are owed money by the state as payment for services. . .  Full story

Markets see more Turkish lira losses and more cenbank moves to support it

25/05 Turkey's lira is in the grip of one its worst routs of modern times but markets are sensing more weakness ahead and could push authorities to do more than this week's 3 percentage-point rate. . .  Full story

Sterling stuck near 2018 low on Brexit uncertainty, stagnant growth

25/05 The pound traded near a five-month low of $1.33 on Friday, weighed down by worries over Brexit and signs of sustained weakness in Britain's economy.. . .  Full story

Crown regains ground, talked up by central bank chief

25/05 The crown trimmed its losses against the euro on Friday after Czech Central Bank (CNB) Governor Jiri Rusnok said its weakness may bring forward the next interest rate hike. Trading at. . .  Full story

After "late" rate hike, Turkey won't oppose markets, Simsek says

25/05 Turkey won't look to push back against financial markets, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Friday, although he acknowledged investors remained concerned after the central bank was slow to react with a rate increase. . .  Full story

Bulgaria's entry into euro zone's ERM-2 should not be blocked -central banker

25/05 Bulgaria's drive to join ERM-2, the "waiting room" for euro zone membership, should not be blocked but welcomed, given the Balkan country's strong macroeconomic performance, its central bank governor Dimitar Radev said.. . .  Full story

C$ hits 2-week low as oil prices fall, greenback climbs

25/05 The Canadian dollar weakened to a more than two-week low against its U.S. counterpart on Friday as oil prices fell and the greenback broadly climbed. The price of oil, one. . .  Full story

Indonesia central bank schedules extra board meeting for Wednesday

25/05 Indonesia's central bank will hold an additional meeting of its board of governors on Wednesday to discuss economic and monetary conditions, Bank Indonesia said in a statement on Friday.. . .  Full story

Sri Lankan rupee ends steady; importer dollar demand weighs

25/05 The Sri Lankan rupee ended steady on Friday with dollar buying by a foreign bank and importers weighing on the local currency, while exporters stayed on the sidelines expecting the rupee to weaken further. . .  Full story

Pakistan's c.bank hikes rates amid concerns over "twin deficits"

25/05 Pakistan's central bank on Friday hiked rates by 50 basis points to 6.5 percent, amid growing concerns about a widening current account deficit and rising oil prices.. . .  Full story