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Sri Lankan rupee ends steady in dull trade

13h22 The Sri Lankan rupee closed steady on Thursday in mild trading as dollar demand from importers were offset by greenback selling by exporters, traders said.. . .  Full story

Asia Coffee-Trade picks up in Indonesia; Vietnam's coffee unharmed from tropical storm

12h57 Healthy demand supported coffee markets in Indonesia, while a tropical storm sweeping through Vietnam caused no harm to coffee plants, traders said on Thursday.. . .  Full story

Asia Rice-India rates slip on weak demand, rupee; Vietnam grapples with ample supply

12h31 Rice export prices in India slid to a 15-month low this week as the rupee remained weak and demand was sluggish as buyers held off purchases on hopes of deeper price declines, while Vietnam. . .  Full story

Switzerland seeks to regain cryptocurrency crown

12h00 Swiss regulators are stepping up efforts to halt an exodus of cryptocurrency projects from the country, after two of only a handful of banks active in the nascent sector shut their doors on it. . .  Full story

Chinese yuan hits 1-year low, rand down over 1 percent

11h25 Trade war concerns and dollar strength continued to cast a shadow over emerging market currencies on Thursday, with China's yuan weakening to a one-year low while the South African rand fell more than 1 percent. . .  Full story

Dollar gains, metals wane as China grabs for monetary easing

11h23 The dollar stayed strong but metal markets buckled badly on Thursday, as signs that China was resorting to credit-fuelled stimulus again and trade jitters helped drive its currency to a one-year low.. . .  Full story

Weak retail sales sends sterling below the $1.30 line

11h10 Sterling extended losses and fell more than half a percent on the day below the $1.30 line as weak June retail sales data raised concerns a central bank rate hike next month may not. . .  Full story

-Indonesia c.bank holds rates, but affirms 'hawkish' stance to aid rupiah

11h02 Indonesia's central bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Thursday, as expected, taking a pause in its monetary tightening cycle aimed at bolstering the rupiah, though emphasising it was still ready to support the. . .  Full story

Hungarian bonds buck pressure as traders see good auction

10h44 Hungarian government bond yields traded around their lowest for several weeks on Thursday, withstanding a rise in yields in core markets and Central Europe ahead of an auction of bonds in Budapest.. . .  Full story

SAP raises guidance on cloud growth, but shares fall

10h35 Germany's SAP announced forecast-beating results on Thursday and raised its outlook as growth in the cloud accelerated, yet its shares fell as analysts focused on weakness in its legacy software licences business.. . .  Full story

China to use 'counter-cyclical' measures to curb FX volatility

10h34 China's foreign-exchange regulator said on Thursday it was well-equipped to keep currency markets stable amid intensifying trade frictions with the United States and prepared to counteract cross-border capital outflow volatility if it arises.. . .  Full story

Investors bet on long-term dollar strength after Fed comments; greenback rises

10h17 The dollar rose on Thursday after upbeat comments on the U.S. economy by the Federal Reserve's chairman reinforced expectations by investors of the currency's long-term strength.. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks, won fall as Sino-U.S. trade concerns linger

09h14 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea's KOSPI stock index and the won weakened on Thursday over lingering concerns raised by trade tensions between the U.S. and China. South Korean bond yields rose. **. . .  Full story

Asian currencies fall on lingering trade war worries; China's yuan leads decline

07h57 Asian currencies dropped against the dollar on Thursday as concerns over a tariff war between the United States and China endured, keeping investors cautious on regional trades. The. . .  Full story

Yuan hits 1-yr low as fix set below key level; Beijing looks to contain trade-tussle fallout

07h11 China's yuan fell to a one-year low against the dollar on Thursday after the official fix was set below the key 6.7 per dollar, while at the same time authorities moved to control risks. . .  Full story

Thailand should not rush to raise interest rates - FinMin

06h37 Thailand should not rush to increase interest rates as inflation has just returned to the central bank's target range, and any impact from a trade war is expected to be small, the finance minister. . .  Full story

Australian dlr rises on strong jobs data, NZ$ treads water

05h35 The Australian dollar rose on Thursday after a solid labour market report but the uptick was contained as the sharp jump in jobs was still not enough to push the unemployment rate lower, while. . .  Full story

S.Korea stocks, won rise as upbeat U.S. earnings bolster sentiment

04h28 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea's KOSPI stock index and the won inched higher on Thursday as upbeat Wall Street earnings supported global sentiment.. . .  Full story

Australia jobs jump in June, still plenty left to hire

04h20 Australian employment surged by the most this year in June as firms took on more full-time workers, yet the jobless rate held steady as more people entered the labour force in a trend that. . .  Full story

COLUMN-Markets wary of trade war risks, but complacent too: McGeever

03h00 A global trade war would hit financial markets hard, potentially wiping trillions of dollars off the value of stocks and other assets. So it's a wonder investors appear relaxed at the prospect which, ominously,. . .  Full story

World stocks climb to month peak, U.S. dollar hits three-week high

18/07 Stocks on major world markets climbed to a one-month high on Wednesday after a raft of strong corporate earnings, while the U.S. dollar hit a three-week high against major currencies.. . .  Full story

Dollar pares gains as investors cash in on boost from Fed's Powell

18/07 The dollar retreated from a three-week high on Wednesday as investors cashed in on gains the currency made after two days of testimony by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell reinforced a strong economic outlook.. . .  Full story

C$ recovers vs dollar after Trump's trade comments

18/07 The Canadian dollar rose against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday, reversing earlier losses, after President Donald Trump said he may negotiate separate trade deals with Mexico and Canada. This is not. . .  Full story

Gold steadies after sinking to year-low as dollar eases off highs

18/07 Gold prices steadied on Wednesday as the U.S. dollar eased off a three-week high, following an earlier drop in bullion to a one-year low as bullish comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell boosted. . .  Full story

Swiss finance minister says franc 'overvalued' but liveable

18/07 Switzerland's Finance Minister Ueli Maurer said in an interview on Wednesday that the Swiss franc was overvalued relative to the euro, but added that the country and its companies "can live with" the current exchange. . .  Full story

Ethiopia says reforms "to unleash private sector"

18/07 Ethiopia is open to selling off a host of state-owned firms, either partially or entirely, as part of major economic reforms designed to "unleash the potential of the private sector", its information minister said on. . .  Full story

Sterling skids to $1.30 as inflation, Brexit cast doubt on August rate rise

18/07 Sterling tumbled to 10-month lows against the dollar on Wednesday after data showed British inflation failed to rise as expected and Brexit-linked political turmoil pummelled the currency towards the $1.30 mark.. . .  Full story

LatAm currencies down with eyes still on the Fed

18/07 Latin American currencies fell against the dollar across the board on Wednesday as traders continued to focus on recent statements by key U.S. monetary policy makers. On Tuesday, U.S. Federal Reserve. . .  Full story

Three top staff leave macro hedge fund MarkhamRae after assets plunge

18/07 At least three top staff recently left London-based hedge fund firm MarkhamRae, which has underperformed its peers and saw three of its biggest investors pull out almost $300 million.. . .  Full story

Bulgaria to formally apply to join EU's banking union

18/07 Bulgaria will formally apply on Wednesday to join the European Union's banking union as part of its bid to enter the "waiting room" for euro zone membership, the Black Sea state's finance minister said.. . .  Full story

Sri Lankan rupee ends tad weaker on importer dollar demand

18/07 The Sri Lankan rupee edged down on Wednesday to levels close to its record low, pressured by dollar demand from importers, traders said.. . .  Full story

Currencies ease vs dollar despite strong Polish output

18/07 A strengthening dollar put pressure on Central European currencies on Wednesday despite a batch of robust Polish data. The dollar rose against the euro after an upbeat assessment of the U.S.. . .  Full story

Markets wary of trade war risks, but complacent too: McGeever

18/07 A global trade war would hit financial markets hard, potentially wiping trillions of dollars off the value of stocks and other assets. So it's a wonder investors appear relaxed at the prospect which, ominously,. . .  Full story

Emerging markets feel dollar pinch, Turkey's lira shines

18/07 A perky dollar hurt emerging market assets on Wednesday with stocks edging lower and many currencies weakening, but Turkey's lira rallied to a one-week high on expectations of another interest rate hike next week.. . .  Full story

Foreigners sell Asian bonds for third straight month in June

18/07 Foreigners withdrew money from Asian bond markets for the third consecutive month in June amid concerns that increasing trade frictions between the United States and China will disrupt the region's economic growth.. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks fall on dim economic growth outlook; won bows to strong dollar

18/07 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea's KOSPI stock index tumbled on Wednesday after the country on Wednesday cut its economic growth forecast for this year, citing a feeble labour market recovery and. . .  Full story

Asian currencies dip after Fed chairman's upbeat remarks lift dollar

18/07 Asian currencies weakened on Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's optimistic comments on the U.S. economy strengthened expectations of more interest rate hikes this year and lifted the dollar. In. . .  Full story