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Mar 5, 2014

Yen steady, nurses losses as Ukraine jitters ease

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, March 5 (Reuters) – The yen held steady
versus the dollar on Wednesday, nursing heavy losses from the
previous day as safety demand faded after Russian President
Vladimir Putin played down the prospect of a war in Ukraine.

The dollar held steady at 102.23 yen, after having
risen 0.8 percent against the Japanese currency on Tuesday for
its biggest one-day gain since mid-January.

Mar 4, 2014

Euro rises versus yen as geopolitical risk fears ebb

SINGAPORE, March 4 (Reuters) – The euro rose against the yen
on Tuesday following reports that Russian President Vladimir
Putin has ordered troops who took part in military exercises in
central and western Russia to return to base.

The euro rose to intraday highs versus both the yen and the
dollar after the reports by Russian news agencies, which quoted
the Kremlin spokesman.

Mar 4, 2014

Yen slips, takes breather after rising on Ukraine jitters

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, March 4 (Reuters) – The yen slipped on
Tuesday, taking a breather from its recent rally that was
sparked by investors flocking to the safe-haven currency, but
tensions over Russian military intervention in Ukraine were seen
likely to lend it support in the near term.

The dollar edged up 0.2 percent to 101.60 yen, edging
away from a one-month low of 101.20 yen set on Monday. The euro
rose 0.2 percent to 139.56 yen.

Feb 28, 2014

NZ dollar hits 7-week high; euro awaits inflation data

TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The New Zealand dollar hit a seven-week high on Friday as an upbeat business survey underscored expectations for a rate hike next month, while the euro eased ahead of a closely-watched reading on euro zone inflation.

China’s yuan looks set for its biggest daily loss on record on Friday, as the central bank stepped up its intervention to weaken the currency ahead of a key government meeting next week. In midday trades, the yuan briefly weakened to 6.1808 per dollar, more than 0.8 percent below Thursday’s close.

Feb 27, 2014

Dollar near two-week high as geopolitical tensions heat up

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar held near a two-week high against a basket of major currencies on Thursday, as heightening tensions in Ukraine helped support safe-haven demand for the greenback.

The dollar index was steady at 80.405 .DXY, not very far from Wednesday’s peak of 80.524, its highest since February 13.

Feb 25, 2014

No end in sight yet for Trans-Pacific trade pact

SINGAPORE, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Ministers in 12-nation
Trans-Pacific trade talks said on Tuesday that they had yet to
reach agreement on tariffs and other market access issues, with
the timing of a completed deal looking increasingly unclear.

Ministers stressed that they had made significant progress
during four days of meetings in Singapore, but the talks ended
with no clear indication of a time frame to clinch the TPP
(Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreements.

Feb 21, 2014

Singapore to spend heavily on elderly, have 1st budget deficit in years

SINGAPORE, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Singapore plans to allocate
billions of dollars to support the elderly and low-income
families in the coming fiscal year, during which the city-state
expects its first budget deficit since 2010.

The government unveiled on Friday a budget for 2014/15 that
includes steps to support citizens born by 1949 via subsidies to
help cover health-care costs. It said it will set aside S$8
billion ($6.33 billion) in the year starting April 1 to help its
“Pioneer Generation”.

Feb 21, 2014

Dollar steady, finds footing after upbeat U.S. data

TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar held steady versus a basket of currencies on Friday, supported by upbeat data that underpinned hopes for continued improvement in the U.S. economy.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, suggesting the labor market continues to improve steadily despite recent severe cold weather.

Feb 19, 2014

Euro hits 7-week high, dollar hampered by soft U.S. data

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro touched a seven-week high against the dollar on Wednesday, with the greenback struggling in the wake of more soft economic data and news that foreign investors had been heavy sellers of U.S. assets.

The euro held steady at $1.3761, having touched a high near $1.3773 earlier on Wednesday, its strongest level in about seven weeks.

Feb 12, 2014

Aussie rises on upbeat China trade data; U.S. dollar steady

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Australian dollar hit a one-month high as upbeat Chinese trade data eased concern about China’s economy, while the U.S. dollar held above a two-week low after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen offered no surprises in her first congressional testimony.

The Aussie dollar rose 0.2 percent to $0.9052. It touched a high of $0.9063, its strongest level since January 13.