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Sep 25, 2014

As Singapore’s high-cost economy restructures, some short-term pain

SINGAPORE, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Data centre operator IO is just the kind of
company Singapore wants to see in its future as cost pressures erode its
competitiveness in the traditional low-end manufacturing that once helped make
it an “Asian Tiger” economy.

U.S.-based IO took space last year in what was once part of Seagate
Technology’s factory after the computer hardware maker shifted its
hard-disk production in 2010 to cut costs. But whereas Seagate cut 2,000
employees when it moved out, IO Singapore brought just 20 when it moved in.

Sep 24, 2014

Yen firmer after Japan PM Abe’s remarks; dollar pauses from rally

SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) – The yen edged higher on Wednesday after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly voiced concern about the economic impact of the currency’s recent weakness.

The dollar slipped 0.3 percent on the day to 108.55 yen JPY= after Jiji news service quoted Abe as saying he would carefully watch the impact of the yen’s recent weakness on Japanese regional economies.

Sep 23, 2014

Dollar rally pauses; Aussie edges up after flash China PMI

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The dollar hovered
just below a four-year peak against a basket of major currencies
on Tuesday as the euro steadied near a 14-month trough with
sellers taking a bit of a breather.

The dollar index last traded at 84.671, having peaked
at 84.861 on Monday, a high not seen since July 2010. It has
posted 10 straight weeks of gains as markets wagered U.S. rates
would rise long before those in Europe or Japan.

Sep 19, 2014

Nigeria finmin confident 2014 GDP growth will exceed 6 pct

SINGAPORE, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s finance minister
said on Friday she is confident that growth in 2014 will be
around the government’s latest forecast of 6.5 percent after
discounting the economic impact of the insurgency waged by the
Islamist group Boko Haram.

“We are confident it will be better than 6 percent and about
6.5,” Nigeria’s finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, told
Reuters.

Sep 18, 2014

Dollar/yen hits six-year high as markets buy ‘hawkish’ Fed guidance

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The dollar hit a six-year high against
the yen on Thursday after the Federal Reserve’s guidance on interest rates
highlighted the diverging pathways between the United States and other rich
nations.

The greenback raced to a high of 108.69 yen, its strongest level
since September 2008. The dollar last traded at 108.58 yen, up 0.2 percent on
the day.

Sep 16, 2014

Dollar pauses from rally as Fed comments loom, Aussie off lows

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar eased on Tuesday with investors reluctant to do much as they waited for fresh guidance on interest rates from the Federal Reserve, while the Australian dollar held above a six-month trough.

The dollar index .DXY slipped 0.1 percent to 84.193, largely consolidating in a slim 84.035-84.519 range since its rally to a 14-month peak on Sept. 9 ran out of steam.

Sep 12, 2014

Dollar hits fresh six-year high versus yen, Aussie flounders

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The dollar set a fresh six-year high against the yen on Friday, continuing to draw strength as investors bet that the U.S. Federal Reserve could send a hawkish signal at its policy meeting next week.

The dollar touched a high of 107.39 yen, its strongest level since September 2008, and last traded at 107.35 yen, up 0.2 percent from late U.S. trade on Thursday.

Sep 12, 2014

Dollar hits fresh 6-year high vs yen, Aussie flounders

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The dollar set a fresh
six-year high against the yen on Friday, continuing to draw
strength as investors bet that the U.S. Federal Reserve could
send a hawkish signal at its policy meeting next week.

The dollar touched a high of 107.39 yen, its strongest level
since September 2008, and last traded at 107.35 yen, up 0.2
percent from late U.S. trade on Thursday.

Sep 9, 2014

Dollar sets fresh 14-month high on Fed study, sterling woes

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar scaled a 14-month high against a basket of currencies on Tuesday, after a Federal Reserve study made investors reassess prospects for higher U.S. interest rates, while sterling fell on worries that Scots may vote for independence.

The dollar index .DXY rose 0.3 percent to 84.445. It rose to 84.496 at one point, bringing into view the July 2013 peak of 84.753. A break there will take it to highs unseen since July 2010.

Sep 8, 2014

Sterling skids to near 10-month low on Scotland worries

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Sterling weakened to
its lowest in nearly 10 months on Monday amid worries about
political uncertainty after an opinion poll showed supporters of
Scottish independence from Britain taking the lead for the first
time since the referendum campaign began.

With less than two weeks to go before the vote, a YouGov
survey for the Sunday Times newspaper put the “Yes” to
independence campaign at 51 percent against the “no” camp at 49
percent.