July 27 (Reuters) – Sterling extended gains against the dollar on Tuesday, rising to a five-month high, as investors tentatively stepped into risk-taking trades. The pound rose as high as $1.5530 GBP=D4, its highest since late February. It was last at $1.5518, up 0.2 percent on the day. (Reporting by London forex team)
July 23 (Reuters) – The euro dipped to the day’s low against the dollar on Friday after a newspaper report said several of Spain’s 18 savings banks have failed tests to see how strong they would be if economic circumstances were more adverse. [ID:nLDE66M041]
The euro dipped to as low as $1.2864 EUR= on trading platform EBS, down 0.2 percent on the day.
(Reporting by Masayuki Kitano)
July 9 (Reuters) – The euro hit a two-month high against the dollar and rose broadly on Friday as improving risk demand prompted European banks to pick up the currency.
The euro EUR= climbed as high as $1.2723 according to electronic trading platform EBS. London traders cited demand from a Swiss bank from around $1.2680 as helping to push the single currency higher.
It rose broadly, climbing to 112.69 yen EURJPY= and 83.84 pence against sterling EURGBP=D4, its highest versus both currencies since June 21. (Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu)
JOHANNESBURG, July 6 (Reuters) – South Africa’s rand firmed slightly against the dollar on Tuesday in a market seeking direction from global trading patterns, with little news on the domestic front to drive the currency.
At 0641 GMT, the rand ZAR=D3 traded up 0.43 percent at 7.72 to the greenback after ending Monday’s session at 7.7530.
Traders were expecting business to pick up after a quiet Monday, when U.S. markets were closed for Independence Day.
“Markets did very little (yesterday), including dollar/rand. If you look at the action overnight, it was very thin,” a currency dealer in Johannesburg said.
“Everyone’s back today but we need to get a bit of momentum going and see where the flow is. It seems towards 7.76 there seem to be some pretty good offers, and to the lower 7.70s, good bids.”
Government bonds ticked up marginally, pulling yields a bit lower. The yield on the benchmark 2015 ZAR157= dipped 1.5 basis points to 7.905 percent, and that for the 2036 bond ZAR209= bond was down one basis point at 8.905 percent.
The JSE stock exchange’s blue-chip blue chip Top-40 September futures contract ALSIc1 was up 0.67 percent ahead of the 0700 GMT start of trade, after ending weaker on Monday.
(Reporting by Stella Mapenzauswa; Editing by John Stonestreet)
July 5 (Reuters) – Sterling slipped to the day’s low against the dollar and the euro on Monday after a weak reading of the UK services sector underlined fragility in the country’s economic recovery.
The UK CIPS/Markit services PMI headline activity index fell for the third time in four months to 54.4 in June from 55.4 in May. That was weaker than the consensus forecast and the lowest level since August 2009. [ID:nSLA2IE685]
Sterling GBP=D4 hit the day’s low of $1.5160 after the figures were announced, compared with around $1.5170 beforehand.
The euro EURGBP=D4 edged up to a session high of 82.73 pence from 82.64 pence.
(Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu)
June 25 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s central bank expects the rupiah to average between 9,100 per dollar and 9,200 per dollar this year, Darmin Nasution, senior deputy governor said on Friday.
(Reporting by Adriana Nina Kusuma; Writing by Fitri Wulandari; Editing by Neil Fullick)
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SHANGHAI, June 22 (Reuters) – The Chinese yuan slipped on Tuesday as big state-owned banks heavily bought dollars, a move that suggests the central bank has adopted a new strategy to control the pace of yuan gains.
The yuan jumped initially after the People’s Bank of China set the mid-point start to trade at a surprisingly strong 6.7980 CNY=SAEC, little changed from Monday’s close and catching market players off guard who had thought it would try to nudge the currency lower after the previous day’s surge.
The heavy dollar buying quickly drove the yuan well off a low of 6.7900 — the lowest since the 2005 revaluation — and up as high as 6.8229 on the day, a drop of 0.37 percent. The yuan last traded at 6.8189 CNY=CFXS.
On Monday, the currency posted its biggest one-day rise since the revaluation, rising nearly half a percent and almost touching the upper it of its daily trading band on either side of the mid-point.
Some traders believe the buying by state-owned banks was on behalf of the PBOC to avoid direct market intervention, as it had often done in the post-revaluation appreciation phase and de facto dollar peg of the past two years.
By letting state-owned banks buy dollars, the PBOC is effectively limiting the market’s ability to short dollar/yuan — especially because banks are not allowed to hold short positions overnight in the spot currency market.
“It appears a new strategy,” said a senior dealer at a European bank in Shanghai. “The central bank needn’t intervene in the market, but it can still keep the pace of yuan appreciation under control via a control of supply and demand.”
Because the state-owned banks were scooping up dollars at a wide variety of levels, it suggested that they were not trying to defend the yuan at a certain level, traders said.
But since the peg to the dollar was ditched over the weekend, the PBOC appears to be trying to foster much more two-way trade within the daily trading band, seeking to get banks and companies used greater volatility and hedging currency risks.
During the 2005-2008 managed float against a trade-weighted currency basket and subsequent peg to the dollar, the PBOC often squashed intraday volatility via direct intervention, guidance through the mid-point and dollar purchases by state-owned banks.
Now it appears to be backing away from direct intervention unless the extremes of the daily trading band are tested.
The PBOC has made clear that it would not allow the yuan to appreciate sharply in its statements over the weekend announcing the latest reforms of the yuan, ruling out a one-off revaluation. <^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Full coverage [ID:nCHINATAKE] PDF on yuan: r.reuters.com/pys23m Yuan microsite: china.thomsonreuters.com/yuan/ Yuan graphics: r.reuters.com/byq23m Insider TV
-- Yuan to rise before G20 link.reuters.com/jes92m
-- Yuan shows confidence link.reuters.com/hyc33m
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Despite the announced intention of controlling the pace of yuan appreciation against the dollar, the PBOC showed it was backing its words with deeds by allowing the yuan to rise against European currencies on Tuesday.
The PBOC set the yuan’s mid-point higher against the euro EURCNY=SAEC, at 8.3816, and against sterling GBPCNY=SAEC after the currencies weakened overnight. That set the tone for the yuan to trade higher against the euro EURCNY=CFXS at 8.3764 at midday on Tuesday from a close of 8.4325 the previous day.
The yuan can rise up to 3 percent against currencies besides the dollar.
“The question is how far the yuan can go,” said a senior dealer at a North American bank in Shanghai. “We believe the central bank must have some limits, which may gradually become clear over time after the G20 summit.”
Offshore dollar/yuan forwards rose back up after initial falls that had implied more yuan appreciation, buoyed by the dollar/yuan mid-point setting.
Some players in the NDF market have turned cautious about shorting dollar/yuan, worried that this week’s yuan move was done primarily to appease critics before the G20 summit late this week, and later moves may be more subdued.
Three-month dollar-yuan non-deliverable forwards (NDFs) CNY3MNDFOR= were quoted at 6.7380, implying a yuan rise of 0.89 percent after they fell to a low of 6.7080 in early trade.
One-year NDFs CNY1YNDFOR= rose back to 6.6300 after hitting an initial low of 6.5970, trimming implied appreciation to 2.53 percent from 3.05 percent the previous day. (Editing by Eric Burroughs & Jan Dahinten)
(Reuters) – Following are forecasts by bankers and strategists on the level of expected yuan appreciation after China ditched its peg to the U.S. dollar.
June 14 (Reuters) – The South Korean won rose as much as 1.6 percent against the dollar early on Monday, with traders relieved after the government unveiled long-anticipated restrictions on derivatives largely in line with expectations.
The won KRW= KRW=KFTC rose to as high as 1,226.2 per dollar from Friday’s domestic close of 1,246.1.
Short-end non-deliverable won forwards KRWNDFOR= were also trading more than 1 percent higher than their previous closing levels against the dollar. (Reporting by Yoo Choonsik; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)
June 4 (Reuters) – The Mexican peso weakened sharply on Friday after U.S. non-farm payrolls in May showed a sharp slowdown in private hiring, casting doubt on the strength of the recovery in the U.S. labor market.
The peso MXN= MEX01 hit a session low, losing 0.88 percent to 12.89 per U.S. dollar. (Reporting by Michael O’Boyle; Editing by Padraic Cassidy)
June 4 (Reuters) – The dollar fell versus the Japanese yen on Friday after a government report showed U.S. non-farm payrolls grew at a lower than expected rate in May. For details, see [ID:nOAT004640]
The dollar fell 0.8 percent to hit a session low of 91.93 yen JPY=, according to Reuters data. It traded at 92.68 prior to the report.
The euro extended losses and was last trading down more than 1 percent at a session low of $1.2019 EUR=, according to Reuters data. It traded at $1.2064 before the release. (Reporting by Vivianne Rodrigues; Editing by Theodore d’Afflisio)
June 2 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank received no bids for its latest offer of seven-day U.S. dollar funds on Wednesday.
The ECB reintroduced dollar lending last month as part of its response to the widening debt crisis, but banks have shown little appetite for funds.
For details, please see Reuters information page ECB27. (Reporting by Sakari Suoninen)
June 1 (Reuters) – The euro fell to a 4-year low versus the dollar on Tuesday, as fears the euro zone debt crisis may spread to its banking system hit sentiment and as stop-losses were targeted.
The euro EUR= fell to $1.2116, its lowest level since April 2006. Traders said stop-losses from hedge funds were targeted under the previous low at $1.2143.
Technical analysts also highlighted the break below key support at $1.2135, the 50 percent retracement of the 2000-2008 rally in the single currency.
Melbourne, May 18(ANI): Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has paid 325,000 dollars to ex wife Pamela Bach in hard cash to take ownership of their marital home.
According to TMZ.com, he is severing all ties with his ex-wife and actress Bach, reports the Daily Telegraph.
His attorney, Mel Goldsman, filed documents in Los Angeles County Superior Court stating that Bach gave up their 3.25-million-dollar property in Los Angeles in exchange for Hoff”s compensation payment in cash.
The two divorced in 2006 over irreconcilable differences but Bach accused Hoff of violent behavior later.
On June 15, 2007, Hoff was awarded custody of their daughters – Hayley, 17, and Taylor Ann, 20. (ANI)
London, May 7 (ANI): A passer-by mistook Sir Ian McKellen for a tramp and gave him a dollar.
The Lord of The Rings star, whose latest venture is ‘Waiting for Godot’, was taking a break from a dress rehearsal, when a kind passer-by took pity on him.
“I was crouched by the stage door of the Comedy Theatre, getting some air, my bowler hat at my feet.
Seeing an unkempt old man down on his luck, a passer-by said: “Need some help, brother?’ and put 1-dollar in my hat.”
“I hope the audiences will be as generous,” he laughed.
“The coin is now lodged between two drawing pins above my dressing room mirror. It’s going to be my lucky talisman for the tour,” The Daily Express quoted Sir Ian as saying. (ANI)
Melbourne, April 27 (ANI): A 52-year-old woman has been charged after she allegedly indulged in a 100,000-dollar shoplifting spree.
She reportedly stole items from Westfield Tuggerah.
Security guards approached her after she was seen acting suspiciously.
Police allege she ran from the shopping centre dropping personal belongings when she was asked to show the contents of her bags.
Guards later recovered a set of car keys that led police to search a house at Tumbi Umbi at 3.35am, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Inspector Paul Johnson explained that the raid uncovered clothing, ladies dresses, perfume, bicycles and other retail goods.
The woman was charged with a number of theft offences. (ANI)
PARIS, April 12 (Reuters) – Financial bookmakers expected to see the leading European benchmark indexes rally on Monday, extending the previous session’s sharp gains, after Euro zone finance ministers approved an aid plan for debt-stricken Greece.
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Financial spreadbetters expected Britain’s FTSE 100 .FTSE to open 21 to 24 points higher, or as much as 0.4 percent, Germany’s DAX .GDAXI to open 24 to 25 points higher, or as much as 0.4 percent, and France’s CAC-40 .FCHI to open 10 to 13 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent.
Euro zone finance ministers approved a 30-billion-euro ($40 billion) emergency aid mechanism for debt-plagued Greece on Sunday, but stressed Athens had not requested the plan be activated yet. [ID:nLDE63A0BO]
The deal sent the euro leaping to its highest level in nearly a month on Monday, surging 1 percent on the dollar and yen.
(Reporting by Blaise Robinson)
SEOUL, April 12 (Reuters) – The South Korean won KRW=KFTC rose half a percent to a 19-month peak against the dollar early on Monday, lifted by the dollar’s weakness abroad and continued foreign purchases of local stocks.
The won rose to as high as 1,112.0 per dollar, its strongest since Sept. 12, 2008, from Friday’s domestic close of 1,118.2. (Reporting by Yoo Choonsik; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)
NEW DELHI, April 11 (Reuters) – Bids rose on the second day of India’s multi-billion dollar third-generation (3G) auction, with one provisional winning bid for national cover touching 40.85 billion rupees ($922 million), or about a 17 percent premium to the base price, government data showed. <^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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A total of 10 rounds of bidding had been completed by Saturday, India’s Department of Telecommunications said on its website, without disclosing which company had bid how much.
The widely-watched auction started on Friday and the multiple-round bidding process is expected to take about two weeks to complete, officials have said.
On the first day, bids were at about a 12 percent premium to the base price of 35 billion rupees for all-India spectrum.
There is no bidding on Sunday. The auction resumes on Monday. ($1=44.3 rupees) (Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy)