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South Africa's rand strengthens slightly ahead of U.S. growth data

09h53 South Africa's rand strengthened slightly against the dollar on Friday with other emerging markets, but its gains were capped by a strong dollar ahead of U.S. growth data.  Full story

Loonie gains ground on greenback after U.S. GDP data

15h56 The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Friday, following data that showed factors driving faster growth in the U.S. economy that are likely to be temporary. U.S. economic growth. . .  Full story

Russian central bank holds rates, signals looming cut

14h58 Russia's central bank held its key interest rate at 7.75 percent on Friday in line with market expectations, but said it could consider cutting rates as early as June given that inflation has peaked.. . .  Full story

Take Five: Dollar darling. World markets themes for the week ahead

14h27 Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them. 1/DOLLAR JUGGERNAUT The dollar has zipped to near two-year highs, leaving. . .  Full story

Azerbaijan's cenbank cuts rate to 8.75 pct, cites higher oil prices

14h00 Azerbaijan's central bank cut its refinancing rate to 8.75 percent from 9 percent on Friday, citing an improved macroeconomic situation and higher global oil prices.. . .  Full story

FOREX-Euro hovers near 23-month lows as dollar bulls eye U.S. GDP data

13h40 The euro hovered near its weakest level since May 2017 on Friday as traders waited to see whether United States GDP numbers due out later will reinforce signs of economic strength and send the. . .  Full story

Dollar off 2-year highs ahead of U.S. GDP, shares subdued

13h30 The dollar slipped from 23-month highs on Friday ahead of keenly awaited U.S. gross domestic product data for the first quarter, while global shares were on track for a fifth successive weekly gain despite. . .  Full story

Oil sector shares extend losses as Russian supply problem persists

12h14 Central European oil sector shares extended losses on Friday as crude prices retreated and Russia prepared for talks with buyers who suspended the imports of its oil. Poland, Germany, Ukraine and. . .  Full story

Investors may be doubting effectiveness of ECB policy - Rehn

11h16 Investors may be doubting the effectiveness of the European Central Bank's monetary policy measures in boosting inflation, ECB rate-setter Olli Rehn said on Friday.. . .  Full story

EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging market stocks dip, debt markets stabilise

11h12 Most emerging market stocks slipped on Friday and were on course to end lower for the first time in four weeks, while higher yielding debt among developing countries stabilised following jitters in Argentina overnight.. . .  Full story

SNB's Jordan pans calls to ditch negative Swiss interest rates

11h09 The Swiss National Bank must keep its interest rates negative and stand ready to intervene on currency markets to rein in the strong franc, SNB Chairman Thomas Jordan said, dismissing calls for the central. . .  Full story

Sterling headed for worst week in a month as dragged-out Brexit weighs

10h44 The pound on Friday was headed for its weakest week in a month, with a stronger dollar and growing concern about stagnant Brexit talks punishing the British currency.. . .  Full story

Goldman Sachs says dragged-out Brexit is doing deeper damage to UK economy

09h34 Britain's protracted divorce from the European Union is hurting the world's fifth largest economy as dwindling company investment, signs of a looming labour market shock and poor productivity hinder growth, Goldman Sachs said.. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks fall for third straight session; slip 1.7 pct for week

09h13 Round-up of South Korean financial markets:. . .  Full story

Investors brace for more euro pain as U.S. economy, dollar flex muscles

08h36 After the euro's slide to 22-month lows against the dollar, investors are scrambling to shield themselves from more weakness as Europe's poor data contrasts with an upbeat U.S. economy that is sending the dollar surging.. . .  Full story

Most inch higher tracking yuan; US growth data in focus

08h26 Most emerging Asian currencies edged higher on Friday, tracking the Chinese yuan, but a strong dollar ahead of U.S. growth data capped the upside. The yuan recovered from a more. . .  Full story

Yuan rises on Xi pledge, firmer fixing, but set for worst week in 2 mths

06h41 China's yuan strengthened against the dollar on Friday, recovering from a two-month low hit in the previous session, after President Xi Jinping pledged to keep the currency stable. If the onshore. . .  Full story

S.Korea stocks extend losses, U.S. growth data awaited

04h15 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korean shares extended losses to a near four-week low on Friday due to lingering concerns over the state of Asia's fourth-largest economy, while. . .  Full story

Japan's easy monetary policy not aimed at FX -senior BOJ official

02h53 The Bank of Japan's ultra-easy monetary policy is aimed at achieving its 2 percent inflation target and does not seek to influence currency rates, a senior BOJ official said on Friday.. . .  Full story

Bank of Canada could resume hikes if data proves slowdown temporary -governor

02h45 The Bank of Canada could start hiking rates again "sometime down the road," although such a move will depend on whether upcoming economic data backs up its assessment that a current slowdown is only. . .  Full story

Japan econ min says forex wasn't a topic at U.S. trade talks -Jiji

02h27 Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Thursday the topic of currencies did not come up during trade talks held over the last two weeks with his U.S. counterpart, Jiji news agency reported.. . .  Full story

Japan tells U.S. can't link monetary policy to trade - finance minister Aso

00h05 Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday he told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that Tokyo cannot accept discussions that link monetary policy to trade issues.. . .  Full story

Japan tells U.S. can't link monetary policy to trade - finmin Aso

25/04 Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday he told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that Tokyo cannot accept discussions that link monetary policy to trade issues.. . .  Full story

C$ firms despite lower oil prices, more dovish Bank of Canada

25/04 The Canadian dollar edged higher against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday, posting a modest gain despite a drop in oil prices and a more dovish stance from the Bank of Canada the day before.. . .  Full story

World stocks slip as growth fears linger; euro slides

25/04 The dollar rose to almost a two-year high against the euro on Thursday on an upbeat U.S. capital goods report, while world equities slid as weak economic data from South Korea and a profit. . .  Full story

Dollar advances vs euro as upbeat U.S. data supports

25/04 The dollar climbed to a near two-year high against the euro on Thursday, as upbeat U.S. data fed demand for the greenback and traders awaited the release on Friday of U.S. gross domestic product. . .  Full story

Argentina's financial markets rattled as political fears rise

25/04 Argentine bonds and the country's embattled peso currency fell for a second day on Thursday, cranking up the challenge facing President Mauricio Macri as his drop in the polls ahead of knife-edge elections later this. . .  Full story

PRECIOUS-Gold scales one-week peak as equities and dollar ease

25/04 Gold rose to its highest in more than a week on Thursday, supported by a slight retreat in the dollar and a pullback in global equities as demand for riskier assets cooled.. . .  Full story

Britain confirms it will host economic talks with China in June

25/04 Britain's finance ministry confirmed on Thursday that it will host an annual economic cooperation meeting with China in London in June.. . .  Full story

Latam stocks fall, Argentina's peso hits record low

25/04 Latin American stocks fell across the board on Thursday, mirroring the concerns about slowing world growth that affected markets globally, while a firm dollar left Latin American currencies bruised, with Argentina's peso diving to a. . .  Full story

Sterling stuck near 10-week low on Brexit woes and resurgent dollar

25/04 The British pound was stuck near $1.29 -- a 10-week low -- on Thursday after reports Prime Minister's Theresa May's talks with the opposition Labour Party over Brexit had run into the sand and. . .  Full story

Turkish central bank holds rates, goes quiet on further hikes

25/04 Turkey's central bank left its interest rate unchanged at 24 percent on Thursday as expected but dropped a previous reference to possible further tightening if needed to address inflation, a dovish shift that hit the. . .  Full story

Sri Lanka rupee falls on fears of more attacks; stocks edge up

25/04 The Sri Lankan rupee closed 0.1 percent weaker on Thursday as a bomb scare after the Easter Sunday attacks weighed on the currency, while stocks edged up for the second straight session after hitting. . .  Full story

Asia Rice-Vietnam rates gain on fears Mekong water woes may hurt crops

25/04 Rice export prices in Vietnam rose for the first time in six weeks as domestic buying picked up and fears of water scarcity in the country's rice bowl grew, while weaker local currencies weighed. . .  Full story

Pakistan reserves decrease $219 mln to $9,024.3 mln week ending April 19

25/04 Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves decrease $219 million to $9,024.3 million in the week ending April 19, compared to $9,243.7 million in the previous week, central bank said on Thursday. RESERVES. . .  Full story

China seeks to allay fears over Belt and Road debt risks

25/04 China aims to make the Belt and Road initiative sustainable and prevent debt risks, its finance minister said on Thursday, seeking to allay criticism that the infrastructure plan to boost trade and investment creates a. . .  Full story

Oil stocks reverse gains, Poland halts Russian oil imports

25/04 Shares of oil groups PKN Orlen and MOL dragged stock indexes in Warsaw and Budapest lower on Thursday after Poland and Germany suspended imports of Russian crude via a major pipeline, citing poor quality.. . .  Full story

Emerging market currencies dip, Turkish lira drops before rate decision

25/04 Emerging market currencies fell against the dollar on Thursday, with Turkey's lira in focus ahead of a central bank rate decision, while stocks dipped on disappointing South Korean data and warnings on Chinese economic. . .  Full story

Indonesia holds rates; seeks to lift liquidity, domestic NDF market

25/04 Indonesia's central bank on Thursday kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged for a fifth month to contain external pressures, though it is aiming for looser market liquidity and relaxed rules on trading in domestic non-deliverable. . .  Full story

Asia Coffee-Vietnam April exports seen falling to 2 million 60-kg bags

25/04 Vietnam's coffee exports are forecast to fall to around two million 60-kg bags in April from 2.87 million bags last month, traders said on Thursday, as farmers are not keen to sell at low. . .  Full story

Czech central banker Mora open to May rate increase, may tilt balance

25/04 Czech central bank Vice-Governor Marek Mora is ready to back a 25-basis-point increase in interest rates at next week's monetary policy meeting if new economic forecasts support further tightening, he said in an interview.. . .  Full story

South Africa's rand dips as global growth fears, oil spike stokes risk-off

25/04 South Africa's rand retreated on Thursday, succumbing to a firming U.S. dollar, as rising oil prices globally dented demand for emerging market currencies.. . .  Full story

BOJ Governor Kuroda comments at news conference

25/04 The Bank of Japan told investors for the first time on Thursday it will keep interest rates at super-low levels for at least one more year, seeking to dispel uncertainty over its commitment to. . .  Full story

In search for yield, Japan insurers target non-government bonds

25/04 As bond yields evaporate globally, many Japanese insurers are looking to secure higher returns at home and abroad by diversifying into riskier corporate and other non-government bonds in the financial year that began this month.. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks wobble on GDP shock; won hits lowest since 2017

25/04 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: South Korea's KOSPI stock index ended lower on Thursday after the country's first-quarter growth data marked its weakest since the global financial crisis. The won weakened to its lowest since. . .  Full story

EM ASIA FX-S. Korea GDP shock hits won; most others weaken

25/04 The won slipped to its weakest level in more than two years on Thursday after South Korea posted an unexpected contraction in its economy during the first quarter, while strong gains in the dollar. . .  Full story

Bearish bets on Korean won rise; ringgit, baht long positions reverse

25/04 Investors wary of a slowdown in the South Korean economy stacked up bearish bets against the won in the past two weeks, a Reuters poll showed, while bullish bets on the Malaysian ringgit. . .  Full story

Swiss National Bank makes $30.1 bln Q1 profit

25/04 The Swiss National Bank reported a first-quarter profit of 30.7 billion Swiss francs ($30.10 billion) on Thursday, highlighting the volatility its massive balance sheet creates for the central bank's earnings.. . .  Full story

Japan insurers' investment plans for fiscal year to March 2020

25/04 Following is a summary of the investment plans of Japan's biggest life insurance companies for the year through March 2020, based on interviews with Reuters and news conferences this month. For stories on. . .  Full story

China yuan recovers from 1-mth low as state banks support

25/04 China's yuan eased to a one-month low against a broadly stronger U.S. dollar on Thursday before recovering partially as major state-run Chinese banks sold dollars. The currency did not react to. . .  Full story

Yen, Nikkei barely react to BOJ's policy tweaks

25/04 The yen and Japanese shares hardly moved on Thursday after the Bank of Japan made minor policy tweaks, saying it will keep rates at current low levels at least until the spring of 2020. . .  Full story

BOJ commits to very low rates at least through spring 2020, keeps policy steady

25/04 The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Thursday and clarified its intention to keep interest rates very low for a prolonged period, committing to do so at least through around the spring. . .  Full story

S.Korea stocks hurt by growth shock; won hits lowest in 27 months

25/04 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea's KOSPI stock index dropped on Thursday after its growth figure fell to the. . .  Full story

China sets yuan mid-point at weakest level in one month

25/04 China's central bank lowered its official yuan midpoint to 6.7307 per dollar on Thursday, the weakest level in a month, pressured by broad dollar strength overnight in global markets.. . .  Full story

Latam markets weaker, Brazil plagued by pension reform worries

24/04 Brazil's currency and stocks fell on Wednesday as potential hurdles for pension reforms weighed, while other Latin American stocks tracked world equities lower. Currencies succumbed to a stronger dollar. MSCI's index. . .  Full story

Euro falls on weak German business morale, stocks slip

24/04 The euro fell against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday after data showed a surprise deterioration in German business morale, raising fears of slowing global growth and weighing on a gauge of world equity markets, including. . .  Full story

German business sentiment drop hits euro; dollar broadly stronger

24/04 The euro slumped to a 22-month low against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday after a surprise drop in a leading indicator for economic activity in Germany highlighted the divergence between economic data in the United. . .  Full story

Bank of Canada cuts growth forecast, abandons talk of rate hikes

24/04 The Bank of Canada held interest rates steady on Wednesday as expected but removed wording around the need for future hikes and lowered its growth forecast for 2019, cementing the market's view that further increases. . .  Full story

POLL-Egypt's economy seen growing 5.5 pct in year to end of June

24/04 Egypt's economy is expected to grow 5.5 percent in the fiscal year that ends in June, according to economists polled by Reuters, a forecast slightly higher than the one offered by a survey three. . .  Full story

Sterling stuck near 2-month lows as dollar and Brexit weigh

24/04 The pound held at a two-month low on Wednesday, weighed down by a broad-based rally in the dollar and fading hopes of a breakthrough in Brexit talks between the British government and the. . .  Full story

C$ hits 4-month low as Bank of Canada rate cut bets climb

24/04 The Canadian dollar weakened against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday to its lowest in nearly four months, as investors raised bets on a Bank of Canada interest rate cut this year after the central. . .  Full story

Egypt's economy seen growing 5.5 pct in year to end of June

24/04 Egypt's economy is expected to grow 5.5 percent in the fiscal year that ends in June, according to economists polled by Reuters, a forecast slightly higher than the one offered by. . .  Full story

Sri Lanka rupee weakens on fears of more attacks; stocks rise slightly

24/04 The Sri Lankan rupee closed 0.2 percent weaker on Wednesday as worries over further explosions after the Easter Sunday blasts weighed on the currency while stocks rose a fraction after hitting a more than six. . .  Full story

U.S. compliance startup Chainalysis expands tracking service to 10 cryptocurrencies

24/04 New York-based startup Chainalysis said on Wednesday it has expanded its real-time transaction monitoring service to cover 10 cryptocurrencies as part of an initiative to help reduce global anti-money laundering activities.. . .  Full story

Brazil records unexpected jobs loss in March

24/04 Brazil shed a net 43,196 formal jobs in March, the Economy Ministry said on Wednesday, an unexpected drop that underscored the fragility of the labor market and weakness of a wider recovery.. . .  Full story

Japanese minister to meet U.S. treasury secretary, likely discuss currencies

24/04 Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso will meet U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Washington on Thursday, with discussions widely expected to touch on currency issues on the sidelines of trade talks.. . .  Full story

Brexit clouding UK outlook, limiting investment - UK's Hammond

24/04 British finance minister Philip Hammond said Brexit was creating "very significant" uncertainty about the economic outlook, deterring business investment and limiting his ability to make long-term plans on spending and taxes.. . .  Full story

Currencies ease slightly on weak German data

24/04 Central Europe's main currencies mostly eased slightly on Wednesday as the Ifo economic institute reported a surprise drop in business morale in Germany, the region's key export partner. The forint shed. . .  Full story

To avoid a 'flash crash', FX traders drop yen shorts and run bare

24/04 As Japan heads for an unprecedented market holiday, investors around the globe are fretting over the risk of a 'flash crash' or violent spasm in currencies that can occur when traders are away and. . .  Full story

Emerging-market currencies hit by strong dollar; stocks fall

24/04 Emerging-market currencies fell on Wednesday against a dollar strengthened by U.S. economic data. Stocks fell, with South Korean shares falling on worries that chip demand would weaken.. . .  Full story

Top U.S. officials to hold trade talks in China next week

24/04 U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing for trade talks beginning on April 30, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.. . .  Full story

Australian inflation slows sharply, case builds for early rate cut

24/04 Australian inflation slowed sharply last quarter to the lowest in three years on weak petrol prices and a stubborn lack of wage pressure, a disappointingly weak outcome that ticks one of the boxes for. . .  Full story

Australia rate cut now seen on cards for May after soft inflation

24/04 Calls for Australia's central bank to cut interest rates as early as next month increased significantly on Wednesday, a Reuters poll showed, as first-quarter inflation data was disappointingly weak.. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks slump on weak earnings, falling won

24/04 Round-up of South Korean financial markets:. . .  Full story

South African rand falls as U.S. data bolsters dollar

24/04 South Africa's rand slipped to a three-week low in early trade on Wednesday as robust U.S. economic data supported the dollar.. . .  Full story

Yuan edges up on growing optimism over China's economy

24/04 The yuan edged higher on Wednesday as investors remained cautiously optimistic that China's economy may be starting to turn the corner thanks to a series of growth-boosting measures. In the latest. . .  Full story

Asian currencies slip as U.S. data bolsters dollar

24/04 Most emerging Asian currencies broadly weakened on Wednesday, with the South Korean won sliding to a more than 1-1/2-year low, as robust U.S. economic data supported the greenback. The market's appetite. . .  Full story

Australia dollar dives, bonds surge on rate cut frenzy

24/04 The Australian dollar tumbled to six-week lows on Wednesday and short-term bond futures shot to record highs after surprisingly weak inflation figures boosted betting on a rate cut as early as May.. . .  Full story

Japan's Daido Life to raise foreign bond holdings, eyes euro debt

24/04 Japan's Daido Life Insurance plans to increase foreign bond holdings in the current financial year through March next year, a senior executive said on Wednesday.. . .  Full story

Swiss investment firm, Bitfury launch bitcoin mining fund

24/04 Swiss investment firm Final Frontier and global blockchain technology company the Bitfury Group, which was recently valued at $1 billion, on Wednesday announced the launch of a regulated bitcoin mining fund.. . .  Full story

S. Korea stocks decline as foreigners sell on falling won

24/04 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea's KOSPI stock index traded lower on Wednesday, shrugging off the government's stimulus measure,. . .  Full story

S.Korea proposes $5.9 bln extra budget to fight air pollution, aid exports

24/04 South Korea on Wednesday unveiled a proposed 6.7 trillion won ($5.87 billion) supplementary budget the government says is needed to tackle unprecedented air pollution levels and boost exports bruised by weak demand.. . .  Full story

Sri Lanka may need more IMF help as blasts threaten tourism

24/04 Sri Lanka faces a likely collapse in tourism following Easter Sunday bomb attacks on churches and hotels, which would deal a severe blow to the island's economy and financial markets, and potentially force it to. . .  Full story

Record highs set by Nasdaq, S&P 500 on upbeat earnings, oil gains

23/04 Global equity markets rallied on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 indexes setting record closing highs on Wall Street, while European energy shares posted their biggest daily gain since January as crude prices surged.. . .  Full story

C$ hits 4-week low as investors see end to BoC's hiking bias

23/04 The Canadian dollar weakened to a nearly four-week low against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as the greenback climbed broadly and investors bet that the Bank of Canada would forgo language pointing to further interest. . .  Full story

Dollar rises as traders await U.S. Q1 GDP data; Brexit woes hit pound

23/04 The dollar advanced across the board on Tuesday as financial markets re-opened after the Easter holiday and traders favored the greenback ahead of the release on Friday of U.S. gross domestic product data for. . .  Full story

Gold drops to four-month low on stronger dollar, stocks

23/04 Gold prices slipped to a near four-month low on Tuesday as the U.S. dollar gained and investors sought out riskier assets, dampening the safe-haven metal's appeal.. . .  Full story

Latam FX weakens, Brazilian stocks up on pension reform hopes

23/04 Latin American currencies broadly softened against a robust dollar on Tuesday, while a surge in Brazilian shares on hopes lawmakers would approve a bill to reform the country's bloated pension system helped a key. . .  Full story

Sterling slides to two-month low as Brexit pressure builds on PM May

23/04 Sterling slid to a two-month low on Tuesday as hopes for a breakthrough in Brexit talks between the ruling and opposition parties faded and British Prime Minister Theresa May faced growing pressure to quit.. . .  Full story

Sri Lanka stock index posts worst fall in over 7 years after Easter attacks

23/04 The Sri Lankan stock index dived 3.63 percent on Tuesday, its worst plunge in more than seven years, due to retail panic selling in its first trading day after Easter Sunday attacks killed more. . .  Full story

Kenyan shilling weakens slightly against the dollar

23/04 The Kenyan shilling weakened slightly against the dollar on Tuesday, driven by demand from the energy sector and merchant importers as trading resumed from Easter holiday, traders said. At 0945 GMT,. . .  Full story