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

09h41 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

Argentine peso, debt rattled as economic crisis bites

17h37 Argentina's embattled peso currency opened sharply weaker on Thursday to hit a new record low against the U.S. dollar, cranking up the challenge facing President Mauricio Macri's administration as it looks to tame unruly local. . .  Full story

Britain confirms it will host economic talks with China in June

17h31 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

17h25 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

17h25 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

World stocks slip as growth fears linger; euro slides

17h16 The dollar rose on Thursday, hitting the highest in almost two years against the euro on an upbeat U.S. capital goods report, while a gauge of world equity markets slid as weak economic data. . .  Full story

Turkish central bank holds rates, goes quiet on further hikes

17h03 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

C$ steadies after hitting 4-month low on dovish Bank of Canada

16h59 The Canadian dollar edged higher against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday but held near its lowest since January as oil prices dipped and after the Bank of Canada slashed its economic growth outlook the. . .  Full story

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

16h40 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

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

16h11 The dollar rose 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

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

15h49 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

15h41 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

15h03 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

12h59 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

11h26 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

10h53 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

10h42 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

10h14 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

10h00 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

BOJ Governor Kuroda comments at news conference

09h39 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

09h20 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

09h12 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

09h05 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

08h22 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

07h41 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

07h28 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

06h51 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

05h52 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

05h43 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

03h47 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

03h32 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

Zloty eases slightly as Polish retail sales growth slows

23/04 Central Europe's main currencies eased slightly on Tuesday as retail sales growth in Poland slowed more than expected in March. The region's most liquid units, the zloty and the forint, each. . .  Full story

Emerging market stocks dip, Chinese shares seen falling further

23/04 Emerging market stocks dipped on Tuesday, and Chinese shares were seen weakening further on concerns of Beijing trimming support to an economy whose recent performance has beaten expectations.. . .  Full story

Japan's Meiji Yasuda looks to diversify its foreign bond holdings

23/04 Japan's Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co plans to increase its foreign bond holdings in the fiscal year through March 2020 by diversifying into more currencies, a senior company executive said on Tuesday.. . .  Full story

South Africa's rand, bonds little changed, stocks set to open higher

23/04 South Africa's rand was little changed in early trade on Tuesday with investors refraining from making large bets as markets reopened after Monday's holiday.. . .  Full story

Japan's Asahi Life plans to up foreign bond holdings to 150 bln yen

23/04 Japan's Asahi Mutual Life Insurance Co plans to increase its foreign bond investment by 150 billion yen and cut its Japanese bonds investment for this fiscal year amid a low-yield domestic environment, a senior company. . .  Full story

GRAPHIC-Take Five: Spring growth? World markets themes for the week ahead

23/04 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/CENTRAL PLANNING The 100 years since the Fed's creation in 1913. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks largely unchanged ahead of first-quarter GDP data

23/04 Round-up of South Korean financial markets:. . .  Full story

Yemen says it's ready to supply banks with foreign currency

23/04 Yemen's central bank said it is ready to supply commercial and Islamic banks with foreign currency to finance imports of goods into the country, which has been pushed to the brink of famine by. . .  Full story

Australian dollar steady ahead of inflation, kiwi languishes

23/04 The Australian dollar traded in a tight range on Tuesday, as volumes were thin in a holiday-shortened week and ahead of the all-important quarterly inflation report, while its New Zealand cousin hovered near two-month lows.. . .  Full story

Indonesia to assume 5.3-5.6 pct economic growth for 2020 - finmin official

23/04 Indonesia's government will target 5.3 percent to 5.6 percent economic growth in 2020, compared with this year's target of 5.3 percent, finance ministry official Askolani said on Tuesday.. . .  Full story

High oil prices hit some Asian currencies, others eke out gains

23/04 The currencies of Indonesia and India fell on Tuesday, as the two countries face higher oil import bills due to global energy market developments, while most other regional ones eked out tiny gains.. . .  Full story

Yuan drifts amid talk Beijing may slow pace of policy easing

23/04 China's yuan was little changed against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday as investors combed through a flurry of comments from policymakers for clues on the pace of further monetary easing. After. . .  Full story

S.Korea stocks largely unchanged amid Iran-U.S. jitters

23/04 Round-up of South Korean financial markets South Korea's KOSPI stock index was little changed on Tuesday as investors adopted a wait-and-watch stance amid uncertainty over U.S. decision. . .  Full story

S.Korea's economy seen losing steam in Q1 on weak exports

23/04 South Korea's first quarter economic growth likely slowed to the weakest pace in more than a year, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday, as exports faltered and investment activities cooled amid U.S.-China trade. . .  Full story

Oil jumps on U.S. plans to tighten Iran sanctions; dollar eases

22/04 Crude oil jumped almost 3% on Monday after the United States said it will take more steps to choke off Iranian oil exports, while U.S. equities were mixed as Wall Street braced for corporate. . .  Full story

Dollar slips in holiday-thinned trade; loonie, ruble ride oil gains

22/04 The dollar edged lower against a basket of currencies in thin holiday-impacted trading on Monday, while a jump in the price of oil on news Washington plans to tighten a clampdown on Iranian oil. . .  Full story

Most Latam shares slip, Brazil pension proposal in focus

22/04 Most Latin American stocks dipped in lackluster trade on Monday, in line with world stocks, while Brazil's real rose slightly as investors were encouraged that congress will take up a pension overhaul, while Colombia's. . .  Full story

Loonie gains as oil climbs to highest since October

22/04 The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Monday as oil prices jumped to fresh multi-month highs, while investors awaited an interest rate decision this week from the Bank of Canada.. . .  Full story

Sri Lanka rupee falls in thin trade after deadly Easter explosions

22/04 The Sri Lankan rupee fell 0.4 percent on importers' dollar demand in thin Monday trading, after deadly explosions rocked the Indian Ocean island on Easter Sunday that killed at least 290 people.. . .  Full story

Squeezed by low rates, Japan's top two insurers seek different paths

22/04 Nippon Life Insurance, the country's biggest private insurer, plans to increase risk assets such as foreign bonds without currency hedge this fiscal year through March 2020, expecting a pickup in the global economy later this. . .  Full story


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