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  • Pound's surge a boost for visitors to US Telegraph - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 15:50 BST

    Britons spending Easter in the US, or those planning a summer holiday there, have been given a timely financial boost after the pound hit a five-year high against the dollar

  • Travel money goes 30pc further as pound rockets Telegraph - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 15:49 BST

    The pound is up against most major currencies and as much as 30pc against the Turkish lira, or SA rand

  • FOREX-Yen at 10-day low vs dollar after U.S. data, Ukraine talks Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 05:28 BST

    * Safe-haven bids on yen unwound on hopes for Ukraine initiative * Euro capped as ECB officials warn against its strength TOKYO, April 18 (Reuters) - The yen slipped to a 10-day low against the dollar on Friday after speculators unwound some safe-haven trades following encouraging U.S. economic data and on hopes for a …

  • FOREX-Yen at 10-day low vs dlr after Ukraine talks, U.S. data Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 01:55 BST

    * Safe-haven bids on yen unwound on hopes for Ukraine initiative * Euro capped as ECB officials warn against its strength TOKYO, April 18 (Reuters) - The yen slipped to 10-day lows against the dollar on Friday after speculators unwound some safe-haven trades following upbeat U.S. economic data and on hopes for a diplomatic …

  • FOREX-Yen slips with Ukraine worries; pound hits 4-1/2-year high Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 20:33 BST

    * Signs of diplomacy seen to ending violence in Ukraine * Yellen stresses need for interest rates to stay low NEW YORK (Frankfurt: HX6.F - news) , April 17 (Reuters) - The yen fell on Thursday as efforts toward finding a diplomatic solution to ending violence in eastern Ukraine prompted traders to trim safe-haven yen …

  • FOREX-U.S. dollar index edges into positive territory Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 17:57 BST

    NEW YORK (Frankfurt: HX6.F - news) , April 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar index moved into positive territory midday Thursday, erasing its earlier dip, as traders tiptoed back into buying dollars after the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union issued a joint statement calling for the end of violence in eastern …

  • Sterling index settles near highest since 2008 Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 17:24 BST

    Sterling failed to push higher after rising to its strongest since late 2008 against a basket of currencies on Thursday, finishing around 0.1 percent higher on a day thinned out by the long Easter weekend. The return of real wage growth and another sharp fall in unemployment, reported on Wednesday, have done much to ease …

  • FOREX-Dollar slips on Yellen's dovish stance, pound hits 4-1/2-year high Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 15:35 BST

    * Yellen stresses need for interest rates to stay low NEW YORK (Frankfurt: HX6.F - news) , April 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar slipped against a basket of currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said low interest rates are needed to support the U.S. economy even though such a policy stand hurts …

  • Strong European currencies eat into company profits Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 14:42 BST

    * Companies' Q1 sales show impact of strong currencies * Some executives say can live with current exchange rates * Others want European Central Bank to act LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) - As European policymakers consider action to stop a strong euro holding back jobs growth, companies across the continent say the currency's …

  • European cars sales jump 10pc Telegraph - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 13:14 BST

    Sales rose in all countries in March with the British market leading the way

  • Bets against FTSE pile up as central bank directions diverge Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 13:00 BST

    * Traders eye FTSE 100 underperforming Europe * Buy FTSE puts, Euro STOXX 50 calls, traders say * Euro could weaken further on fresh ECB stimulus An economic rebound that is strengthening Britain's jobs market could prove a mixed blessing for the FTSE 100.

  • * Trading winds down ahead of Easter holidays * Yellen stresses need for interest rates to stay low LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) - The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated an accommodative monetary policy stance in comments. In her second public speech …

  • FX round-up: Dollar makes headway against yen Sharecast - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:08 BST

    The dollar traded higher against the Japanese yen but fell against the euro on Wednesday as a stronger than anticipated report on US industrial production for March boosted the view that the US economic ...

  • Sterling index touches its strongest since late 2008 Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 09:53 BST

    Sterling touched its highest level since late 2008 against a basket of currencies on Thursday, also pushing past resistance around $1.6800 as it continued to ride on upbeat labour data that bode well for Britain's economic recovery. The return of real wage growth and another sharp fall in unemployment, reported on Wednesday, …

  • Business news and markets: as it happened, Friday April 17 Telegraph - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 09:42 BST

    Sterling rises to $1.6842 after Wednesday's strong jobs data provokes predictions of interest rate rises sooner rather than later

  • FOREX-Dollar hurt by Yellen's low rate stance, pound at 4-1/2 yr high Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 09:09 BST

    * Trading activity winding down ahead of Easter holidays * Yellen stresses need for interest rates to stay low LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) - The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen reiterated an accommodative monetary policy stance in comments which gave the euro …

  • Sterling trade-weighted index at highest since late 2008-BoE data Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 08:13 BST

    Sterling trade-weighted index was at its highest level since late 2008 on Thursday, buoyed by the pound's gains against the dollar and the euro after strong UK data bolstered expectations of an interest rate hike early next year. The pound hit its highest level since late 2009 in Asian trade of $1.6838 and was last trading …

  • FOREX-Yen reclaims lost ground against dollar, euro Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 06:31 BST

    * Trading activity winding down ahead of Easter holidays TOKYO/SYDNEY, April 17 (Reuters) - The yen bounced back from a one-week low against the dollar on Thursday, with investors taking their cues from recently volatile Japanese equities, though activity was thin as investors wound down trading ahead of the Easter holidays. …

  • FOREX-Yen grinds lower as global stocks rally, dollar holds steady Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 01:29 BST

    The yen wallowed at one-week lows against the dollar early on Thursday, having eased broadly overnight as a rally in global stocks dented demand for the safe-haven currency. Investors are now awaiting a speech from Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, who on Wednesday affirmed the central bank's optimistic view of the …

  • FOREX-Dollar up vs yen on Japan stock picture, dips vs euro on Fed view Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 21:23 BST

    NEW YORK (Frankfurt: HX6.F - news) , April 16 (Reuters) - The dollar rose to the highest level in a week against the yen on Wednesday on signs of future buying of Tokyo stocks by Japan's state pension fund, but edged lower against the euro on traders' view that the Federal Reserve is maintaining a dovish stance. The dollar …

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares up on China growth relief; dollar slips Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 17:59 BST

    Global equity markets advanced broadly on Wednesday after China reported growth that beat expectations, providing relief to investors worried about the Chinese economy, while the dollar slid on the growing ...

  • Italy's trade surplus surges, Spain's shrinks in drive for growth

    A Maserati luxury car is displayed on the assembly line during the opening of a new plant for the company's luxury brand Maserati on January 30, 2013 in Grugliasco

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares up on China relief, Ukraine strains remain Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 16:45 BST

    Global equity markets advanced broadly on Wednesday after growth in China beat expectations and cheered investors worried about its economy, while the dollar slid on the growing view the Federal Reserve ...

  • Buoyant UK jobs and wage data burnish sterling's appeal Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 16:25 BST

    Sterling rose to its highest level in more than a month against the euro on Wednesday, after British data showed the jobless rate falling to a five-year low and wage growth picking up to match inflation for the first time in nearly four years. That is in sharp contrast to expectations of more easing by the European Central …

  • World economy on steady course at best, China a worry, polls show Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 14:49 BST

    The world economy can expect steady growth at best over the coming year, but any rapid slowdown in China as it tries to rebalance its economy could upset the still-unsteady progress, Reuters polls showed. Growth in the United States, the world's largest economy, looks set to outpace its peers, with Japan and the euro zone …

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