Nigerian assets fall as election delay fuels uncertainty

14h25 The naira weakened on the forward market on Monday and Nigerian stocks fell as investors worried that delaying elections for a week could lead to a contested result, fuelling uncertainty, analysts said.  Full story

China unveils guidelines for developing Greater Bay Area - Xinhua

14h14 China's cabinet on Monday issued guidelines for developing a "Greater Bay Area" around the Pearl River Delta, in a bid to spur growth and transformation in Guangdong province and the cities of Hong Kong. . .  Full story

Euro gains as U.S.-China trade-talk optimism boosts sentiment

14h04 The euro rallied and riskier currencies like the Australian dollar strengthened on Monday as optimism over a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade war talks encouraged investors.. . .  Full story

World stocks lifted to 2-1/2 month highs by trade optimism

13h56 Hopes of progress in Sino-U.S. trade talks and expectations of policy stimulus from central banks lifted world stocks to 2-1/2 month highs on Monday, though European gains were dampened by concerns over the car. . .  Full story

Hungarian assets firm mildly after S&P upgrade

12h49 The forint and Hungarian government bonds firmed slightly on Monday after Standard & Poor's upgraded the country's sovereign credit rating late on Friday. The price changes were modest as S&P's upgrade. . .  Full story

Stocks rise as China shares gain on trade-talks optimism

11h27 Emerging-market stocks rose on Monday as Chinese blue chips surged more than 3 percent, encouraged by progress in Sino-U.S. trade talks that might see an extension of the deadline to strike a trade deal.. . .  Full story

Pound rises after three weeks of losses

10h54 Sterling drifted higher on Monday after registering three consecutive weeks of losses as investors waited for the outcome of Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union.. . .  Full story

South Africa's rand steady as Eskom-linked rout pauses

09h13 South Africa's rand firmed on Monday as the previous week's rout over electricity blackouts eased, with some traders taking the slide to two-month lows as an opportunity to buy the currency. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks end higher on trade talk optimism

08h47 Round-up of South Korean financial markets:. . .  Full story

Most Asian currencies stronger on trade talks optimism, stimulus

07h47 Most Asian currencies strengthened against the dollar on Monday on renewed hopes of progress in U.S.-China trade talks and optimism that regional economies will get a boost from central bank stimulus measures.. . .  Full story

China's yuan climbs on trade talk momentum

06h58 The yuan rose on Monday after China and the United States agreed to carry on negotiating for a trade deal ahead of a looming March 1 deadline for an agreement, with U.S. President Donald. . .  Full story

Vietnam posts $816 mln January trade surplus - customs

05h07 Vietnam's trade surplus stood at $816 million in January compared with the government's previous estimate of an $800 million deficit for the month, customs data showed on Monday.. . .  Full story

Australia, NZ dlrs fly to 1-1/2 week highs on risk rally

04h13 The Australian and New Zealand dollars soared to 1-1/2 week peaks on Monday after strong gains last week as hopes of some resolution in the protracted Sino-U.S. trade war and expectations of expansionary global monetary. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks recover on trade talk progress, strong crude prices

03h44 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korean shares rose on Monday, recovering from the previous session's sharp fall, with refiners leading the gains on buoyant crude oil prices while. . .  Full story

Kim Jong Un to arrive in Vietnam on Feb. 25 ahead of Trump summit

16/02 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will arrive in Vietnam on Feb. 25 ahead of a planned second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, three sources with direct knowledge of Kim's schedule told Reuters. . .  Full story

Turkish central bank lowers lira required reserves

16/02 Turkey's central bank on Saturday lowered the level of lira reserves that banks must hold against deposits, while also raising the limit of gold that lenders can hold.. . .  Full story

Mexico to inject $3.9 bln in Pemex, seeks to prevent credit downgrade

16/02 Mexico will inject $3.9 billion into ailing state oil company Pemex, officials said on Friday, promising to strengthen its finances and prevent a further credit downgrade, although investors saw the plan as only a short-term. . .  Full story

Foreign selling of U.S. Treasuries in December hits record high -data

16/02 Foreign investors sold a record amount of U.S. Treasury bonds and notes for the month of December, according to U.S. Treasury Department data released on Friday, amid wide perceptions that month that the Federal Reserve. . .  Full story

S&P affirms Turkey ratings, maintains stable outlook

16/02 Standard and Poor's said on Friday it had affirmed Turkey's sovereign ratings with a stable outlook, adding that the ratings could be lowered if it sees an increased likelihood of a systemic distress in. . .  Full story

Progress in U.S.-China trade talks sparks world stock rally

15/02 Progress in the U.S.-China trade talks helped send world stock markets broadly higher on Friday and pulled investors out of the safety of government bonds.. . .  Full story

Foreign selling of U.S. Treasuries in December hits all-time high -data

15/02 Foreign investors sold a record amount of U.S. Treasury bonds and notes for the month of December, according to U.S. Treasury Department data on Friday.. . .  Full story

Dovish Fed talk sends dollar lower, euro recovers

15/02 The U.S. dollar dropped on Friday after San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Mary Daly suggested the central bank may hold off on raising interest rates in 2019, bolstering risk appetite in the currency. . .  Full story

Mexico to inject $3.6 bln in Pemex, seeks to prevent credit downgrade

15/02 Mexico will inject $3.6 billion into ailing state oil company Pemex, officials said on Friday, promising to strengthen its finances and prevent a further credit downgrade, although investors saw the plan as only a short-term. . .  Full story

Europe vote will decide if Italy stays in EU -League lawmaker

15/02 Italy should leave the European Union unless there is a decisive shift towards populist parties in European Parliament elections in May, according to a prominent member of the far-right League party, part of the country's. . .  Full story

Pound pushes higher on sales data, Irish minister's Brexit tone

15/02 The pound rallied in late European trade on Friday, helped by reports of some hedge fund buying, a conciliatory tone on Brexit from the Irish foreign minister and strong British retail sales published earlier. . .  Full story

Brazil's real buoyed by pension reform proposal; stocks dip

15/02 Latin American currencies were mixed on Friday with the Mexican peso slipping against a strong dollar but Brazil's real rising, bucking a negative trend among its emerging market peers as investors cheered the government's release. . .  Full story

C$ tracks oil higher as investors weigh trade deal prospects

15/02 The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Friday, performing better than most of its peers, as oil prices rose and investors weighed prospects of a trade deal between the United States and. . .  Full story

Goldman Sachs trims China bond boost bets

15/02 Investment bank Goldman Sachs has trimmed its forecast of the likely boost to Chinese bonds as the country's debt is steadily added into main global benchmarks over coming years.. . .  Full story

CEE MARKETS-Crown leads currency gains on surprising Czech GDP pick-up

15/02 The crown led gains by Central European currencies on Friday after a report showed the Czech economy had grown more than forecast, reinforcing expectations for more monetary policy tightening in Prague.. . .  Full story

Sri Lanka rupee ends weaker on importer dollar demand; stocks at near 4-mth low

15/02 ** Sri Lanka's rupee ended weaker on Friday, as dollar demand from importers weighed on the currency, market sources said. ** The stock market also. . .  Full story

Sturdy sales data pushes pound higher amid Brexit concerns

15/02 The pound edged higher on Friday as strong British retail sales data lifted sentiment, though investors were considering the consequences of a Brexit vote defeat in parliament for Prime Minister Theresa May.. . .  Full story

Through the Brexit Looking Glass: What happens next?

15/02 Britain's parliament last month demanded Prime Minister Theresa May renegotiate a Brexit divorce deal that the other members of the European Union say they will not reopen.. . .  Full story

Euro zone rate cuts? Money markets nudging that way

15/02 The euro zone's worsening economic picture, exacerbated by Brexit and global trade tensions, is pushing parts of the money market closer to pricing in interest rate cuts in the bloc.. . .  Full story

German watchdog widens Deutsche monitor mandate over Danske

15/02 German financial watchdog Bafin has extended the mandate of its monitor at Deutsche Bank over the bank's role in a money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank.. . .  Full story

Global growth slowdown fears grip emerging stocks

15/02 Emerging market shares fell heavily on Friday as risk sentiment took a hit after dismal China and U.S. data reiterated global growth slowdown fears, adding to geopolitical and trade worries.. . .  Full story

Kenyan shilling in firm position amid offshore investor flows

15/02 The Kenyan shilling was stable against the dollar on Friday supported by inflows from offshore investors buying government debt amid thin importer demand, traders said.. . .  Full story

Nigeria inflation falls in January as election nears

15/02 Annual inflation in Nigeria fell to 11.37 percent in January, down from the seven-month high it reached in December, data showed on Friday, a day before a presidential election in which. . .  Full story

Russia's Kuybyshevazot to get 6 bln rbls in loans - VEB

15/02 Russian chemicals company Kuybyshevazot will receive a 3.8 billion rouble ($56.9 million) loan from Russian lender VEB and a 2.2 billion rouble loan from Gazprombank, VEB said on Friday.. . .  Full story

Egypt cuts key interest rates after inflation eases

15/02 Egypt's central bank made a surprise cut to its overnight interest rates on Thursday, citing a strong drop in inflation and an improvement in other macroeconomic indicators.. . .  Full story

Thai Q4 growth rate seen improving, but 2019 pace likely to slow

15/02 Thailand's pace of economic growth likely picked up in October-December from the previous quarter while 2018 had the fastest annual expansion in six years, a Reuters poll showed.. . .  Full story

South Africa's Eskom suspends power cuts but warns system vulnerable

15/02 South Africa's struggling state power firm Eskom suspended electricity cuts on Friday but said the power system remained vulnerable, after five days of rolling outages which weakened the rand and hurt. . .  Full story

S.Africa's rand heads for more than 3 pct weekly loss on power crisis

15/02 South Africa's rand was on course for a loss of more than 3 percent against the dollar this week, as five consecutive days of power cuts reminded investors about the fragility. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks shrink on profit taking, feeble data

15/02 Round-up of South Korean financial markets:. . .  Full story

Most currencies softer ahead of Sino-U.S. trade clarity

15/02 Most Asian currencies ticked lower against the dollar on Friday, with investors cautious ahead of the outcome of Sino-U.S. trade talks and buoyant oil prices weighing on major oil importers. With. . .  Full story

Yuan inches lower as trade, deflation risks rise

15/02 The yuan softened slightly on Friday with no apparent agreement in sight in Sino-U.S. trade talks and as China faces the risk of a return to deflation on weakening domestic demand.. . .  Full story

China's producer prices slow for 7th straight month, raising deflation fears

15/02 China's factory-gate inflation slowed for a seventh straight month in January to its weakest pace since September 2016, raising concerns the world's second-biggest economy may see the return of deflation as domestic demand cools.. . .  Full story

S.Korea stocks fall 1 pct on dismal U.S. retail sales data

15/02 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korean shares fell 1 percent on Friday, after four straight sessions of gains, as weak U.S. retail sales data raised fresh worries about. . .  Full story

New Zealand dollar flies past Aussie as doves grounded

15/02 The New Zealand dollar headed for a hefty weekly gain on Friday after bears were badly wrongfooted by the country's central bank, leaving its Australian counterpart near its lowest against the kiwi since. . .  Full story

C$ hits 3-week low after weak domestic and U.S. data

14/02 The Canadian dollar fell to its lowest in nearly three weeks against the greenback on Thursday, pressured by domestic data showing a surprise drop in factory sales and U.S. data that upset hopes the. . .  Full story

Fall in U.S. retail sales dampens world stock market rally

14/02 The steepest decline in U.S. retail sales since 2009 in December halted a broad rally in world stock markets on Thursday and pushed investors into the safety of government bonds.. . .  Full story

Recent drop in Australian dollar helpful to economy-RBA

14/02 The recent decline in the Australian dollar has been helpful "at the margin" to the domestic economy given there is still spare capacity in the labour market and inflation remains below target, a top. . .  Full story

Dollar drops after retail data suggests slowing U.S. economy

14/02 The dollar fell on Thursday after a report that U.S. retail sales recorded the biggest drop in more than nine years in December, suggesting a sharp slowdown in economic activity at the end of. . .  Full story

Gold rises as weak U.S. economic data drags dollar lower

14/02 Gold prices rose on Thursday as the dollar fell on weak economic data from the United States, which bolstered expectations the Federal Reserve would stick to its dovish stance on monetary policy.. . .  Full story

Banks have not moved enough staff from London to EU for Brexit: Bundesbank

14/02 Some banks that conduct their euro zone business from London have failed to meet regulators' expectations to move enough staff into other EU countries in time for Brexit, the German bank supervisor Joachim Wuermelling said. . .  Full story

Pound weakens as PM May loses latest Brexit vote

14/02 Sterling was stuck near one-month lows on Thursday after Prime Minister Theresa May lost a symbolic Brexit vote in parliament, weakening her hand as she seeks to renegotiate her withdrawal agreement with Brussels.. . .  Full story


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Russian markets flinch at prospect of tough new U.S. sanctions

14/02 The threat of new U.S. sanctions rocked Russian markets on Thursday, as investors were left wondering whether they had been getting too complacent about what had been a long-expected move.. . .  Full story

Norway to raise interest rates gradually, cautiously -central bank chief

14/02 The Norwegian central bank will continue to raise interest rates if the economy follows current projections, Governor Oeystein Olsen said in his annual speech to government and business leaders on Thursday.. . .  Full story

Climate crisis could speed demise of Norwegian oil -central bank chief

14/02 Global efforts to fight a "crisis" of man-made climate change could spell a faster than expected end to Norway's oil and gas industry, the nation's central bank governor said on Thursday.. . .  Full story

Hungarian bonds draw robust buying after strong GDP data

14/02 Hungarian government bonds drew robust demand at an auction on Thursday, while a pick-up in the country's economic growth to its fastest since 2004 failed to lift the forint. Central European. . .  Full story

Brazil stocks fall over pension reform anxiety; Latam FX dips

14/02 Brazilian stocks fell on Thursday as investors were cautious on pension reform progress and markets awaited further hints from tariff talks between the United States and China. A weaker dollar did. . .  Full story

Pakistan reserves increase $13 mln to $8,205.9 mln week ending Feb 8

14/02 Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves increase $13 million to $8,205.9 million in the week ending Feb 8, compared to $8,192.5 million in the previous week, central bank said on Thursday. RESERVES. . .  Full story

S&P sees mix of no deal Brexit pain, "silver lining" for Irish firms

14/02 A "small number" of Irish firms are likely to see their credit ratings cut if Britain leaves the European Union without a transition deal but there could be a no deal silver lining for. . .  Full story

Asia Rice-Prices languish as top exporters harvest, demand stalls

14/02 Rice export prices fell in top Asian hubs this week on slow demand and rising supply following a quiet start to the year, while limited interest from the Philippines failed to spur a Vietnamese. . .  Full story

Sri Lanka rupee ends lower on high dollar demand from importers; stocks steady

14/02 ** Sri Lanka's rupee ended tad weaker on Thursday led by higher importer dollar demand, market sources said. ** The stock market closed steady in. . .  Full story

Asia Coffee-Vietnamese farmers not keen to sell at low prices

14/02 Traders in Vietnam are struggling to buy coffee beans from local farmers as domestic prices have remained low while inventories have begun to decline.. . .  Full story

Emerging stocks, FX fall, await cues from trade talks

14/02 Emerging markets stocks and currencies were subdued on Thursday, awaiting cues from Sino-U.S. trade negotiations as they move to higher level talks, while possible sanctions on Russia hurt shares and the rouble.. . .  Full story

Sterling drops to four-week low before Brexit debate in parliament

14/02 Sterling fell to a four-week low on Thursday ahead of a parliamentary debate on Brexit that could give investors a sense of which way a forthcoming vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's deal with. . .  Full story

South Africa's rand breaches $14 as Eskom sours outlook

14/02 South Africa's rand weakened past 14 per dollar on Thursday as power utility Eskom entered a fifth straight day of blackouts that have discouraged investors over the economy, days before the. . .  Full story

China says Jan FDI up 4.8 pct y/y in yuan terms

14/02 Foreign direct investment (FDI) into China in January rose 4.8 percent from a year earlier to 84.18 billion yuan ($12.45 billion), China's Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks roar back on strong Chinese trade data

14/02 Round-up of South Korean financial markets:. . .  Full story

Most Asian currencies tick lower, Sino-U.S. trade talks in focus

14/02 Most emerging Asian units edged lower against a broadly stronger dollar on Thursday as investors eyed the latest round of high level trade talks between the United States and China for signs of progress. . .  Full story

Order! Order! Pound traders brush up on parliament as Brexit stakes mount

14/02 How would you get an 18-second jump on a big move in the pound? Bone up on your parliamentary protocol.. . .  Full story

Yuan down slightly, hopes on Sino-US trade talks

14/02 China's yuan eased just a touch against the dollar on Thursday, with losses capped as markets were cautiously optimistic of progress in this week's new round of Sino-U.S. trade talks. Earlier,. . .  Full story

Australian, NZ dlrs cautious, eyes on Sino-U.S. trade talks

14/02 The Australian dollar briefly rose on Thursday after better-than-expected trade data from China, Australia's top trading partner, but investors were cautious ahead of high-level Sino-U.S. trade talks.. . .  Full story

Malaysia Q4 current account surplus rises to 10.8 bln ringgit

14/02 Malaysia's current account surplus grew to 10.8 billion ringgit ($2.7 billion) in the fourth quarter from 3.8 billion ringgit in the previous three months, the government said on Thursday.. . .  Full story

S.Korea stocks dip, high-level Sino-US trade talks in focus

14/02 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korean shares edged lower on Thursday after three straight sessions of gains, as investors waited for the outcome of high-level trade talks between. . .  Full story

Optimism over U.S.-China trade deal lifts equity markets

13/02 Hopes for a resolution in a prolonged trade spat between the United States and China helped extend a week-long rally in world stock markets on Wednesday, and bond yields also climbed.. . .  Full story

Dollar rises on inflation data, resumes rally after pullback

13/02 The U.S. dollar rose modestly on Wednesday after a measure of inflation excluding energy prices rose, prompting the greenback to reverse the prior day's pullback.. . .  Full story

South African rand slumps on Eskom fears, U.S. inflation

13/02 South Africa's rand sank more than 1 percent on Wednesday as concerns over state power firm Eskom were compounded by a firming dollar after a measure of U.S. inflation came in. . .  Full story

Pound pushed higher in thin markets as Brexit delay prospect reappears

13/02 Sterling briefly spiked half a percent on Wednesday, propelled by large purchase orders executed in a thin market, while renewed suggestions of a delay to Britain's exit from the European Union also buoyed. . .  Full story

C$ notches one-week high as investors bet on trade deal

13/02 The Canadian dollar rose to its highest in one week against its broadly stronger U.S. counterpart on Wednesday, as oil prices climbed and investors bet that the United States and China would resolve their. . .  Full story

Crown leads fx rise as Czechs add to upside CPI surprises

13/02 The crown led Central European currencies higher on Wednesday after Czech annual inflation came in well above forecasts, adding to upside surprises in consumer price indexes the region. Czech annual inflation. . .  Full story