South African rand steady in early trade

18/01 South Africa's rand traded steady against the dollar on Friday, after slipping in the previous session following the central bank's less-hawkish tone and decision to leave interest rates unchanged.  Full story

Stocks rally on trade hopes, dollar has 1st weekly gain of 2019

19/01 World stock indexes jumped on Friday, with Wall Street posting a fourth straight week of gains, and the dollar had its first positive week since mid-December as optimism increased that an end is in. . .  Full story

Trade optimism yields dollar's first positive week this year

18/01 The dollar held firm against its rivals on Friday, set for its first weekly gain since mid-December on optimism about talks to end the trade war between China and the United States.. . .  Full story

Stocks rally on trade hopes, dollar set for first positive week of 2019

18/01 Major stock indexes rose worldwide on Friday and the dollar was on track for its first positive week this year, boosted by optimism that the trade conflict between the United States and China may. . .  Full story

-Pound set for biggest weekly gain vs euro in more than a year on Brexit hopes

18/01 The pound weakened on Friday as investors took profits after a stellar rally that set the currency up for its biggest weekly gain against the euro in more than a year on growing confidence. . .  Full story

Testing times from Beijing to Wall Street

18/01 If you were surprised by this month's bounce in global stock markets, next week may tell you if you should join in or stay out.. . .  Full story

C$ firms amid hopes U.S.-China trade war will end

18/01 The Canadian dollar edged higher against its U.S. counterpart on Friday as hopes of a possible end to the U.S.-China trade war boosted stocks and oil prices, while domestic data showed that inflation rose. . .  Full story

Take Five: World markets themes for the week ahead

18/01 Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them. SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? Another week closer to. . .  Full story

Brazil's Bovespa crosses 96,000; Latam currencies steady

18/01 Brazil's benchmark stock index reached an all-time high on Friday on positive investor sentiment about the new government's pension reform plans and U.S.-China trade talks, while Latin American currencies steadied against the U.S. dollar.. . .  Full story

Daily bitcoin transactions on darknet markets doubled throughout 2018 -report

18/01 Use of bitcoin as a form of payment doubled in 2018 on darknet market sites, where users can buy anything from illegal drugs to fake IDs, even though the price of the cryptocurrency crashed,. . .  Full story

Forint rallies as data hits zloty and leu tests record low

18/01 The Hungarian forint hit a seven-month high against the euro on Friday and gained against the Polish zloty after data pointed to slower growth in Poland. The forint has rallied. . .  Full story

Sri Lanka rupee extends gains on dollar sales by bank; stocks steady

18/01 ** Sri Lanka's rupee closed firmer for a second straight session on Friday, helped by dollar selling by banks and after the IMF said it would resume discussions with the island nation for further. . .  Full story

EM stocks jump on U.S.-China trade resolution hopes; FX subdued

18/01 Emerging market stocks touched a fresh 1-1/2-month high on Friday as hopes of a resolution to the U.S-China trade dispute lifted investor sentiment, while developing currencies were subdued as the U.S. dollar clung onto recent. . .  Full story

Japan's Dec exports to fall at fastest pace in 2 years, Tokyo CPI steady

18/01 Japan's exports in December likely fell at their fastest pace in more than two years, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, suggesting that slowing global demand and the U.S.-China trade war are starting to. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks end higher for 4th straight day; won rises

18/01 Round-up of South Korean financial markets:. . .  Full story

Foreign buying of emerging Asian bonds in 2018 fell sharply

18/01 Foreign purchases of bonds issued in five Asian markets in 2018 fell sharply from the previous year, data shows, as the Sino-U.S. trade war and higher U.S. yields prompted many investors to shy away. . .  Full story

Germany, China pledge to open markets, deepen financial cooperation

18/01 Germany and China on Friday signed agreements to strengthen coordination in banking, finance and capital markets, and pledged to further open market access and deepen cooperation to broaden economic ties.. . .  Full story

NZ's Q4 inflation seen slowing, may add to rate cut views

18/01 New Zealand's annual inflation is expected to have eased in the final quarter of 2018, adding to growing speculation the central bank may even cut interest rates later in the year if the economy. . .  Full story

Most Asian units trade cautiously amid Sino-U.S. trade optimism

18/01 Most Asian currencies traded within a tight range on Friday as optimism on possible progress in the U.S.-China trade war was offset by strength in the dollar. The greenback. . .  Full story

China yuan inches up on Sino-US trade hopes, but set for 1st losing week in over month

18/01 China's yuan was supported against the dollar on Friday after a report raised hopes of a deal in Sino-U.S. trade talks, though the local currency was still on course for its first losing week. . .  Full story

S.Korea stocks gain as U.S.-China trade woes ease; won rises

18/01 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea's KOSPI stock index climbed on Friday as hopes for. . .  Full story

Australia, NZ dlrs get reprieve on Sino-US trade report

18/01 The Australian and New Zealand dollars got a fillip on Friday as a report of progress in the Sino-U.S. trade dispute buoyed risk sentiment, though both currencies still nursed losses for the week.. . .  Full story

Gloomy forecast for Davos: crises aplenty, but few world leaders

18/01 An array of crises will keep several world leaders away from the annual World Economic Forum in Davos next week, which takes place against a backdrop of deepening gloom over the global economic and. . .  Full story

Norway's PM Solberg forms majority centre-right government

18/01 Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg struck a deal on Thursday to form a centre-right majority government by adding the small Christian Democratic Party to her minority three-party coalition.. . .  Full story

Dollar stable after competing reports on U.S.-China trade talks

17/01 The U.S. dollar was left flat in Thursday afternoon trade after first rising on a report that U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had considered easing tariffs imposed on Chinese imports, then retracing those gains after. . .  Full story

C$ hits 9-day low before paring losses on trade optimism

17/01 The Canadian dollar weakened to its lowest in more than one week against the greenback as oil prices fell, but the currency pared losses as investors weighed a possible end to the U.S.-China trade. . .  Full story

Norway PM Solberg to form majority government

17/01 Norway's minority centre-right government has struck a deal with the small Christian Democratic Party to form a four-party majority coalition, it said on Thursday, confirming earlier reports.. . .  Full story

Palladium breaks above $1,400/oz on supply deficit, gold eases

17/01 Palladium surpassed the $1,400 mark for the first time on Thursday, as demand for the auto-catalyst metal overtook its availability in the market, while gold edged lower as the dollar gained on better-than-expected U.S. weekly. . .  Full story

UK in deadlock over Brexit 'Plan B' as May and Corbyn tussle

17/01 Britain's last-minute scramble to shape an EU exit, its biggest policy upheaval in half a century, stalled on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dug in their heels. . .  Full story

U.S. stocks edge up on defense, healthcare gains; pound firms

17/01 Gains in defense shares as well as healthcare helped to keep U.S. stocks in positive territory on Thursday, while an end to the latest chapter in Britain's exit from the European Union, Prime Minister. . .  Full story

South African rand falls after rate decision; stocks down

17/01 South Africa's rand fell against the dollar on Thursday after the central bank left interest rates unchanged and sounded less hawkish, citing an improved inflation outlook.. . .  Full story

Pound firms as traders ramp up bets on soft Brexit

17/01 The British pound rose to a two-month high against the euro on Thursday, extending recent gains on growing expectations that Britain can avoid a no-deal Brexit.. . .  Full story

Forint rallies as Hungarian, Czech rate setters hint at tightening

17/01 The forint extended gains on Thursday, rallying to 5-month highs against the euro on comments from Hungarian central bank (NBH) Deputy Governor Marton Nagy suggesting that monetary tightening may be near.. . .  Full story

South Africa's central bank defends mandate, holds rate

17/01 The South African Reserve Bank defended its mandate of price stability on Thursday, after the ruling African National Congress said the bank should broaden its focus to include employment and. . .  Full story

New EU rules electrify fixed income trading volumes - survey

17/01 Volumes of electronic trading in fixed income have jumped since European Union rules introduced a year ago made it more cumbersome to execute over-the-counter (OTC) business, in a bid to make deals more transparent,. . .  Full story

Brazil stocks dip on pension caution, Latam forex weakens

17/01 Brazil stocks fell as investors waited for details on a pension reform plan and Latin American currencies retreated against the U.S. dollar on diminished risk appetite over worries about China's economic outlook and its trade. . .  Full story

Head of Russia's ACRA ratings agency leaves post

17/01 The head of Russia's ACRA ratings agency, Ekaterina Trofimova, left her post on Jan. 16 following three years at the helm of an organisation created after western sanctions saw Russia downgraded by the top. . .  Full story

Pakistan reserves decrease $148 mln to $6,901.2 mln week ending Jan 11

17/01 Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves decrease $148 million to $6,901.2 million in the week ending Jan 11, compared to $7,048.7 million in the previous week, central bank said on Thursday. RESERVES. . .  Full story

Sri Lanka rupee, stocks rise after IMF statement

17/01 ** Sri Lanka's rupee and shares closed firmer on Thursday, a day after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it would resume discussions with the island nation for further disbursal of part of a $1.5. . .  Full story

Asia Rice-India prices slip as demand lags; Vietnam awaits major harvest

17/01 Rice export prices slipped in India as the rupee weakened and demand waned, with a recent jump in prices for the top exporter's variety prompting buyers to turn to other markets such as Vietnam,. . .  Full story

Emerging market stocks dip, S.African rand soft ahead of rate meet

17/01 Emerging market stocks slid off a more than six-week peak on Thursday amid cautious risk sentiment among investors, while developing world currencies weakened against a resolute dollar, losing all ground gained over the past two. . .  Full story

Pound holds off 2-mth highs as uncertainty sets in after key Brexit votes

17/01 Sterling hovered just off two-month highs against the euro and the dollar on Thursday as uncertainty crept back in a day after British Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote in parliament.. . .  Full story

China will increase flexibility of yuan exchange rate - regulator

17/01 China will increase the flexibility of yuan exchange rate, the head of China's foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday.. . .  Full story

Indonesia holds key rate, says current level "near peak"

17/01 Indonesia's central bank on Thursday held its key rate unchanged and the governor indicated that its cycle of aggressive tightening in 2018 was "near its peak", thanks to "dovish" recent signals from the U.S.. . .  Full story

Japan finmin urges G20 to renew commitment against protectionism

17/01 Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Thursday urged the Group of 20 major economies to renew their commitment to cooperation in the face of rising protectionism.. . .  Full story

Asia Coffee-Vietnam prices down ahead of Lunar New Year holiday

17/01 Vietnam's coffee prices fell on Thursday ahead of a week-long Lunar New Year holiday early next month, while Indonesian premium widened on empty stock.. . .  Full story

ECB hawk Lautenschlaeger has not given up on 2019 rate hike -Politico

17/01 A recent dip in euro zone inflation and growth was anticipated so it is not enough to unravel expectations of an interest rate hike, Sabine Lautenschlaeger, the most prominent hawk on the ECB Executive Board,. . .  Full story

S.Korean stocks steady; foreigners buy for 7th session

17/01 Round-up of South Korean financial markets:. . .  Full story

Most Asian units inch down on China growth, global trade worries

17/01 Most Asian currencies edged down on Thursday, reflecting uncertainty over China's economic growth outlook and reminders of discord in Sino-U.S relations. China's central bank said on Thursday it would. . .  Full story

Yuan eases as corporate demand ebbs

17/01 China's yuan eased against the U.S. dollar on Thursday morning as the greenback held steady in global markets and support from seasonal corporate demand for the Chinese currency faded. Prior to. . .  Full story

Australia, NZ dlrs near one-week lows as risk appetite wanes

17/01 The Australian and New Zealand dollars held near one-week lows on Thursday as renewed worries about global growth had investors flocking away from risk assets.. . .  Full story

S.Korea stocks edge higher amid persisting risks, won inches lower

17/01 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea's KOSPI stock index was steady in early trading on Thursday without no fresh risks, while Brexit uncertainties and. . .  Full story

U.S. stocks hit one-month high on bank results; pound up on UK PM confidence vote

16/01 World stock markets rose on Wednesday, with Wall Street's major indexes hitting one-month highs after strong earnings from Bank of America Corp and Goldman Sachs, while the pound rose after British Prime Minister Theresa May's. . .  Full story

EU worries lift dollar, pound steady after UK no-confidence vote

16/01 The dollar rose against the euro on Wednesday as worries about the euro zone economy dented the single currency, while sterling was steady after British Prime Minister Theresa May's government won a no-confidence vote in. . .  Full story

Norway PM Solberg succeeds in forming majority government platform -TV2

16/01 Norway's minority centre-right government has struck a deal with the small Christian Democratic Party to form a four-party majority coalition government after weeks of negotiations, broadcaster TV2 reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.. . .  Full story

Pound holds gains as British PM May wins confidence vote

16/01 The pound held on to the day's gains on Wednesday, trading just off two-month highs against the euro as British Prime Minister Theresa May saw off a no-confidence vote, a day after lawmakers defeated. . .  Full story

SNB's Jordan warns of impact from chaotic Brexit

16/01 A British departure from the European Union without a deal could hurt international trade, trigger turbulence on the currency markets and hit Switzerland, Swiss National Bank Chairman Thomas Jordan said on Wednesday.. . .  Full story

Brexit deal defeat knocks London's blue chip stocks as pound weighs

16/01 Britain's blue chip stocks fell on Wednesday as a stronger pound lured investors toward cheap domestic companies and away from exporters after Prime Minister Theresa May's heavy Brexit defeat, while weak results weighed on Pearson.. . .  Full story

Businesses cry out for Brexit clarity, warn of no-deal chaos

16/01 Business leaders in Britain and beyond warned on Wednesday of catastrophic job losses and chaos at ports if the country does not agree a European Union withdrawal, turning up the heat on politicians to. . .  Full story

Nigerian opposition candidate seeks to privatise state oil firm

16/01 Nigeria's main opposition candidate for president said on Wednesday he would seek to privatise the state oil company and other government assets if elected next month, while removing a costly petrol subsidy, to revive the. . .  Full story

Brexit boosts yields, central bank comments bolster forint

16/01 Central European government bond yields rose on Wednesday due to a shake-up of positions after British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for an orderly exit from the European Union collapsed. A. . .  Full story

Brazilian stocks drop on financials; Latam currencies weaken

16/01 Brazilian stocks fell on Wednesday as bank losses weighed on the Bovespa index despite robust gains from the retail and materials sector, while currencies in Latin America weakened against the U.S. dollar.. . .  Full story

C$ extends holding pattern as stocks weather UK political risk

16/01 The Canadian dollar was little changed against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday, extending this week's sideways pattern as stocks took British political upheaval in stride and oil prices reduced some of the previous day's gains.. . .  Full story

The latest cash crunch behind Zimbabwe's protests

16/01 Protests against fuel price hikes in Zimbabwe have entered their third day, posing a major challenge for President Emmerson Mnangagwa who replaced long-time leader Robert Mugabe and promised to repair the creaking economy. The crisis will. . .  Full story

Kenya's shilling gains ground; recovers after weakening over attack

16/01 Kenya's shilling firmed on Wednesday, clawing back some its losses from the previous trading session when it had weakened due to a militant attack on a hotel complex in the capital.. . .  Full story

As global growth clouds darken, sterling may not be hostage to Brexit fortune: McGeever

16/01 The British government and UK politics have rarely been in a more shambolic state, but Brexit chaos may not be the disaster for sterling you might think.. . .  Full story

Sri Lanka rupee edges lower; stocks slip

16/01 ** Sri Lanka's rupee closed slightly weaker on Wednesday in thin trade due to light dollar demand from banks and importers, while worries over political uncertainty and fiscal slippage weighed on investor sentiment. ** The International. . .  Full story

China's central bank sells net 4 bln yuan in FX in Dec

16/01 China's central bank sold a net 4 billion yuan worth of foreign exchange in December, according to Reuters calculations based on central bank data released on Wednesday. The following are historical data. . .  Full story

Currencies gain as Turkish lira firms before rate decision

16/01 Most emerging market currencies firmed against the dollar on Wednesday, with Turkey's lira strengthening ahead of a central bank rate decision, while stocks in the developing world notched a six-week peak.. . .  Full story

ANALYSIS-All clear or keep clear? Turkey's lira still vulnerable

16/01 Having suffered its worst year in nearly two decades in 2018, Turkey's lira was earmarked by many as the "comeback kid" of this year - with local policymaking getting the benefit of the doubt. . .  Full story

Brexit: Article 50 extension not necessary -DUP's Dodds

16/01 The Northern Irish party that props up British Prime Minister Theresa May's minority government does not believe an extension of the period which Britain has to leave the European Union is necessary, Democratic Unionist. . .  Full story

Chevron, Total and Reliance join oil blockchain platform Vakt

16/01 Oil majors Chevron and Total, along with major Indian refiner Reliance Industries, have joined the blockchain-based platform Vakt, London-based Vakt said on Tuesday.. . .  Full story

South Africa's rand little changed, eyes on retail sales data

16/01 South Africa's rand was little changed against the dollar in early trade on Wednesday amid uncertainty over Brexit and as market participants awaited the release of local retail sales data for. . .  Full story

UK must find new Brexit plan after May deal defeat - Conservative MP

16/01 British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal cannot be resuscitated after it suffered a devastating defeat in parliament and the government must find a new plan, a pro-Brexit lawmaker from May's Conservative Party said.. . .  Full story

Brexit chaos restrains S.Korean stocks, foreigners buy for 6th session

16/01 Round-up of South Korean financial markets:. . .  Full story

South Africa's ANC will not tamper with central bank's independence - Ramaphosa

16/01 South Africa's ruling African National Congress has no intention to tinker with the independence of the Reserve Bank, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday, after the party said the central bank. . .  Full story

Most Asian units soften against broadly firmer dlr

16/01 Most Asian currencies faltered on Wednesday as the dollar steadied overnight amidst uncertainty over the European economy and Brexit, while apprehensions about a global economic slowdown continued to dampen risk appetite.. . .  Full story

Yuan eases on stronger dollar as China lines up more stimulus

16/01 China's yuan softened on Wednesday in response to a stronger dollar overnight, giving back some of its gains made in the previous session after policymakers pledged more support for the cooling Chinese economy.. . .  Full story

S.Korea stocks rise on China stimulus; Brexit mayhem caps gains

16/01 Round-up of South Korean financial markets: South Korea's KOSPI stock index edged higher on Wednesday, tracking overnight gains in Wall Street buoyed by China stimulus hopes, while. . .  Full story

Australia, NZ dlrs doze through Brexit drama, eye China stimulus

16/01 The Australian and New Zealand dollars marked time on Wednesday with investors relieved the latest episode of the Brexit drama had come and gone without causing convulsions in global markets.. . .  Full story

Japan's Nov machinery orders stall in worrying sign over business spending

16/01 Japan's core machinery orders slowed sharply in November in a sign corporate capital expenditure could lose momentum as a bruising U.S.-China trade war spills into the global economy. The slight 0.02. . .  Full story

Stocks rise on China hopes; sterling rebounds as Brexit vote fails

15/01 Major world stock markets climbed on Tuesday on hopes of more stimulus for China's economy, while sterling rebounded from the day's lows after British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's deal on withdrawing from the. . .  Full story

Citi says chance of delay to Brexit now "very high"

15/01 U.S. investment bank Citi said on Tuesday there is now a "very high" chance that Brexit will be delayed past March 29, after lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit divorce deal by a. . .  Full story

Sterling rallies as PM May's Brexit deal defeat fuels uncertainty

15/01 Sterling rallied more than a cent from the day's lows against the dollar on Tuesday after British lawmakers overwhelmingly defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit divorce deal.. . .  Full story

Sterling bounces back after Brexit vote fails, dollar dips

15/01 Sterling rebounded from the day's lows against the U.S. dollar, rallying more than a cent to above $1.28 after British lawmakers voted down Prime Minister Theresa May's deal to leave the European Union by. . .  Full story

C$ rises with oil as investors weigh UK political risk

15/01 The Canadian dollar edged higher against its broadly stronger U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as oil prices rebounded, while political upheaval in the UK dominated trading in the foreign exchange market. British. . .  Full story

Argentine annual inflation hit 27-year high in 2018

15/01 Consumer price inflation in Argentina in 2018, fueled by a weak peso currency, was a whopping 47.6 percent, data from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses showed on Tuesday. . .  Full story

Sterling pinned near day's lows as Brexit deal vote outcome eyed

15/01 Sterling held near the day's lows on Tuesday before a crucial vote where British Prime Minister Theresa May faced the prospect of a historic defeat in a vote on her Brexit deal in parliament.. . .  Full story

All clear or keep clear? Turkey's lira still vulnerable

15/01 Having suffered its worst year in nearly two decades in 2018, Turkey's lira was earmarked by many as the "comeback kid" of this year - with local policymaking getting the benefit of the doubt. . .  Full story

Turkey, Argentina current acct rebalancing to be done in 6 months -IIF

15/01 Turkey and Argentina are expected to complete rebalancing their current accounts in the wake of last year's sharp currency depreciations within six months, the Institute of International Finance said on Tuesday.. . .  Full story

Global debt ticks up, just shy of record high -IIF

15/01 Global debt grew 3.9 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared to a year earlier and was up 0.7 percent compared to the previous quarter, the Institute of International Finance said in a. . .  Full story

Brighter future for sterling seen if no-deal Brexit is averted

15/01 Britain's plans to leave the European Union could be thrown into disarray by a vote in parliament later on Tuesday but bets are mounting that a chaotic no-deal Brexit can be avoided and that. . .  Full story

Brazil stocks ease off record highs; Latam FX dips

15/01 Brazil's benchmark stock index eased off record-high levels in see-saw trade on Tuesday as banking shares slipped but the retail sector notched robust gains, while most Latin American currencies dipped against a strong dollar.. . .  Full story

Belarus allows traders to buy shares with bitcoin

15/01 Belarus launched a platform on Tuesday allowing traders to buy shares, gold, foreign exchange and other traditional assets with cryptocurrencies, which it says is the world's first regulated tokenised securities exchange.. . .  Full story

Hungarian bond yields fall, forint tests 4-week low on CPI decline

15/01 Hungarian government bond yields fell to their lowest levels in about eight months on Tuesday and the forint weakened after local and Slovak data confirmed that inflation fell more than expected in December across central. . .  Full story

Britain's big Brexit vote: What happens in parliament?

15/01 Prime Minister Theresa May must win a vote in parliament to get her Brexit deal approved, or risk seeing Britain's exit from the European Union descend into chaos.. . .  Full story

UK parliament likely to vote on May's Brexit plan around 2000 GMT

15/01 The vote in Britain's parliament on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan is likely to take place around 8 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Tuesday with the announcement of the result possible about 15 minutes. . .  Full story

Britain's May says she will respond quickly after key Brexit vote

15/01 British Prime Minister Theresa May told her senior ministers she would respond quickly to Tuesday's evening's vote in parliament on her proposed Brexit deal, her spokesman said.. . .  Full story

After 'kitchen sink' years, Hungary inches towards normalising monetary policy

15/01 After years of policy measures to stimulate lending and cut borrowing costs, Hungary's central bank is nearing a watershed moment as inflation nudges towards its highest in a decade.. . .  Full story

Emerging market stocks hit near six-week top on China stimulus signals

15/01 Emerging market stocks rose on Tuesday, helped by Chinese shares clocking their best day in a week and a half on signs of more stimulus, while developing world currencies broadly firmed against a soft. . .  Full story

Tanzania's Bank M assets, liabilities transferred to Azania Bank

15/01 Tanzania's central bank has transferred the assets and liabilities of Bank M to Azania Bank, Deputy Governor Bernard Kibesse said on Tuesday.. . .  Full story

UK democracy at risk if lawmakers reject May's Brexit plan-Gove

15/01 Britain's parliament risks damaging democracy if it rejects Prime Minister Theresa May's deal to leave the European Union in a watershed vote on Tuesday, her environment minister Michael Gove said.. . .  Full story