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Jul 11, 2013

Asian currencies and stocks surge on Bernanke’s dovish comments

SINGAPORE, July 11 (Reuters) – Asian currencies and shares
surged on Thursday after dovish comments by U.S. Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke cast some doubt on just how soon the Fed
would start slowing the pace of its monetary stimulus.

Asian equities and currencies have faced selling pressure
over the past two months, as speculation mounted that the Fed
may begin scaling back its $85 billion a month bond-buying
programme as early as September.

Jul 10, 2013

Dollar down vs yen on stops; Fed minutes, Bernanke loom

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, July 10 (Reuters) – The dollar fell
against the yen on Wednesday on position squaring, with the
near-term focus on whether the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s
June meeting and a speech by Chairman Ben Bernanke will give
fresh ammunition to dollar bulls.

The dollar slipped 0.6 percent to 100.59 yen, pulling
away from a six-week high of 101.54 yen set on Monday on trading
platform EBS.

Jul 10, 2013

Dollar bulls in form, Aussie slips on weak China trade data

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, July 10 (Reuters) – The dollar hovered
near a three-year high against a basket of currencies on
Wednesday, while the Australian dollar briefly sagged after weak
Chinese trade data reinforced expectations that China’s economy
is slowing.

The euro and sterling struggled to regain ground after
tumbling the previous day, dented by growing expectations that
central banks in the euro zone and Britain will have to keep
policy loose for a long time.

Jul 10, 2013

Dollar bulls in form, Aussie slips on weak China trade data

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, July 10 (Reuters) – The dollar hovered
near a three-year high against a basket of currencies on
Wednesday, while the Australian dollar briefly sagged after weak
Chinese trade data reinforced expectations that China’s economy
is slowing.

The euro and sterling struggled to regain ground after
tumbling the previous day, dented by growing expectations that
central banks in the euro zone and Britain will have to keep
policy loose for a long time.

Jul 9, 2013

Dollar holds steady, seen supported by Fed policy view

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, July 9 (Reuters) – The dollar held steady
versus a basket of currencies on Tuesday, and its broad uptrend
was seen intact as the market positions for when the U.S.
Federal Reserve will start to slow its stimulus.

Expectations that the Fed will reduce its bond-buying as
early as September should keep the dollar buoyant, although
there is caution about its near-term outlook in the wake of
recent gains.

Jul 9, 2013

Dollar claws higher, seen supported by Fed policy view

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, July 9 (Reuters) – The dollar inched
higher versus a basket of currencies on Tuesday, and its broad
uptrend was seen intact as the market positions for when the
U.S. Federal Reserve will start to slow its stimulus.

Expectations that the Fed will reduce its bond-buying as
early as September are expected to keep the dollar buoyant,
although there is caution about its near-term outlook in the
wake of recent gains.

Jul 8, 2013

Asian markets drop as jobs data raises Fed tapering fears

SINGAPORE, July 8 (Reuters) – Asian financial markets
weakened on Monday after strong U.S. jobs data raised
expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve would ease its
stimulus measures within a few months and maybe as early as
September.

The market defied expectations of a brutal early selldown on
the U.S. payrolls report released on Friday, but as the morning
progressed selling gathered pace, making another bleak day for
Asian currencies, stocks and bonds.

Jul 5, 2013

Asia shares lifted by Europe rally, sterling sags

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian stocks rose on Friday, while sterling hit a five-week low, after two of Europe’s most important central banks surprised by assuring investors they were in no hurry to wind down stimulus.

But markets were cautious as they waited for the U.S. jobs report as it could bolster, or derail, the case for the Federal Reserve to start dialling down its asset-buying program this year. The report is due at 1230 GMT.

Jul 4, 2013

Asian stocks edge up, eyes on Portugal, U.S. jobs

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, July 4 (Reuters) – Asian stocks clawed
higher on Thursday but gains were tempered by concerns over
political turmoil in Portugal and investor caution ahead of key
events including Friday’s U.S. jobs data.

European shares were seen likely to inch higher. Capital
Spreads forecast Britain’s FTSE 100 up 12 points, Germany’s DAX
rising 19 points and France’s CAC 40 gaining 8 points.

Jul 4, 2013

Asian stocks firmer, eyes on Portugal, U.S. jobs

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian stocks clawed higher on Thursday but gains were tempered by concerns about political turmoil in Portugal and investor caution ahead of key events including Friday’s U.S. jobs data.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 1.1 percent, recouping a portion of Wednesday’s slide of more than 2.4 percent.