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Jul 24, 2014

Singapore says economy on track for 2-4 pct growth

SINGAPORE, July 24 (Reuters) – Singapore’s economy is still
expected to grow by a targeted 2-4 percent in 2014 despite a
first-half slowdown, helped by factors such as improving global
demand, the central bank said on Thursday.

Quarter-on-quarter growth is likely to see a “modest
pick-up” in the second half after a slowdown over the first two
quarters, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Managing
Director Ravi Menon told reporters.

Jul 23, 2014

Rupiah scales 2-month high after Jokowi wins presidential election

SINGAPORE, July 23 (Reuters) – The Indonesian rupiah set a
two-month high on Wednesday, rallying after Joko “Jokowi” Widodo
was declared the winner of Indonesia’s presidential election.

The rupiah rose more than 0.9 percent at one point and
touched a high of around 11,485 versus the dollar
, its strongest level since late May, according to Thomson
Reuters data.

Jul 22, 2014

Rupiah firm before election result; baht hits 8-month high

SINGAPORE, July 22 (Reuters) – Most Asian currencies rose on
Tuesday, with the Indonesian rupiah holding firm ahead of the
official results of the country’s presidential election, while
the Thai baht scaled an eight-month high.

Asian currencies had slipped late last week after the
downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine on Thursday
stoked geopolitical tension and sapped investors’ appetite for
riskier assets.

Jul 21, 2014

Asian currencies rise, baht hits 7-month high, but traders remain cautious

SINGAPORE, July 21 (Reuters) – Most Asian currencies rose on
Monday, with the Thai baht touching a seven-month high, as
investor risk aversion showed signs of easing, although market
players remained cautious about geopolitical risks.

Asian currencies had slipped late last week after the
downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine on Thursday
stoked geopolitical tension and made investors wary of riskier

Jul 18, 2014

Asian currencies slip, downing of Malaysian jet hurts riskier assets

SINGAPORE, July 18 (Reuters) – Most emerging Asian
currencies fell on Friday as the downing of a Malaysian airliner
over eastern Ukraine stoked geopolitical tension and made
investors wary of riskier assets.

However, moves were relatively small. The ringgit eased 0.4
percent to 3.1885 versus the dollar but stayed above a
recent low of 3.2005 that had been touched on Wednesday.

Jul 17, 2014

Singapore June exports slide on weak electronics shipments

SINGAPORE, July 17 (Reuters) – Singapore’s exports fell for a second
straight month in June, trade agency International Enterprise Singapore said on
Thursday, hit by a slump in shipments of electronics.

Singapore’s exports of electronics fell 17.4 percent year-on-year in June
after a 15.3 percent decline in May, taking non-oil domestic exports down 4.6
percent in June – double the 2.3 percent drop forecast in a Reuters survey.

Jul 9, 2014

Kiwi firm near three-year high; greenback awaits Fed minutes

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The New Zealand dollar hovered near a three-year high on Wednesday, buoyed by the prospect of a sovereign rating upgrade, while the U.S. dollar held steady ahead of minutes of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting.

Against a basket of major currencies, the greenback traded at 80.161 .DXY, having pulled back from a 1-1/2-week high of 80.359 set earlier this week.

Jul 8, 2014

Dollar holds steady, takes breather after rally

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, July 8 (Reuters) – The dollar held steady
versus a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, having retreated
from the previous day’s near-two-week high, giving the euro a
chance to get over an unexpected slump in German industrial

The dollar index was at 80.233, off a 1-1/2-week peak
at 80.359 set on Monday. Still, it managed to hold on to most of
the gains made in the wake of solid payrolls data on Thursday.

Jul 7, 2014

Dollar stays firm in the wake of jobs-inspired rally

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, July 7 (Reuters) – The dollar edged higher
on Monday and touched its highest level in more than a week
versus a basket of major currencies, staying on firm footing in
the wake of last week’s solid U.S. jobs data.

The dollar index rose 0.2 percent to 80.340. It
touched a high of 80.351 earlier on Monday, its highest level
since June 26.

Jul 3, 2014

Dollar supported before jobs data, Aussie slides after RBA comments

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar held firm above a recent eight-week low on Thursday, supported by hopes for a healthy rise in nonfarm payrolls, while the Aussie fell after Australia’s central bank chief warned that markets are underestimating the risk of a sharp fall in the currency.

Figures from U.S. payrolls processor ADP released on Wednesday added to a string of bullish U.S. data ranging from manufacturing to auto sales, supporting the view that the U.S. economy has bounced back smartly after a first-quarter slump.