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  • While economies in developed countries have strengthened, some emerging nations are being hit by weaker commodity prices and exports, the IMF's steering committee noted in a communique. With the United States poised to hike interest rates, the panel - speaking for the Fund's 188 member nations - said moves toward "policy …

  • Cyprus bailout on track after foreclosure law passed

    Workers takes down the sign of Laiki (Popular) Bank at one of the failed bank's branches in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, on May 23, 2013

  • Europe's biggest cheerleader for austerity is heading to the polls, and its stance on Greece threatens to catalyse a break-up of the union

  • Euro is at good level now: French finance minister  

    French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks to the press at the IMF/WB Spring Meetings in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2015

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares slide on China margin crackdown, dollar falls Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 21:39 BST

    Global equity markets fell on Friday on reports about a crackdown on margin lending in China, while the dollar retreated on views that stronger U.S. consumer prices were not enough to offset recent weak data that could slow a Federal Reserve interest rate hike. China's securities regulator warned investors to be cautious …

  • FOREX-Dollar posts worst week in four as traders mull soft U.S. data Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 21:09 BST

    The U.S. dollar posted its worst week in four against a currency basket on Friday after data showing a rise in consumer prices failed to alleviate concerns that recent soft U.S. economic data could delay the Federal Reserve's first rate hike.

  • Net U.S. dollar longs slide to lowest in 4 weeks-CFTC, Reuters Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 21:00 BST

    Speculators reduced positive bets on the U.S. dollar, pushing the currency's net long position to their lowest in four weeks, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Thomson ...

  • Net U.S. dollar longs fall to lowest four weeks-CFTC, Reuters Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 20:41 BST

    Speculators reduced positive bets on the U.S. dollar, pushing the currency's net long position to their lowest in four weeks, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Thomson ...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares fall on China margin crackdown, dollar falls Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 20:40 BST

    Global equity markets fell on Friday on reports about a crackdown on margin lending in China, while the dollar retreated after rising U.S. consumer prices failed to ease concerns that the Federal Reserve might delay plans to raise interest rates. China's securities regulator warned investors to be cautious as Chinese shares …

  • FX round-up: Soft data takes edge off dollar strength Sharecast - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 20:23 BST

    Euro/dollar stabilised itself further on Thursday as investors digested the ECB's policy decisions taken on the previous day and a raft of Fed rate-setters weighed in with their individual views on the ...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares fall on China margin crackdown, dollar eases Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 19:11 BST

    Global equity markets fell on Friday on reports about a crackdown on margin lending in China, while the dollar retreated even as U.S. consumer price data added to the view the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year. China's securities regulator warned investors to be cautious as Chinese shares hit seven-year …

  • Sterling steadies after brief rise above $1.50 Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 17:00 BST

    Sterling retreated late on Friday, a strong UK jobs report proving too little to drive the currency on from a four-week high hit against the dollar earlier in the session. It is still up just over 2 percent in a week which has seen a further rise in political noise ahead of May 7 polls.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares fall on China margin crackdown, dollar gains Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 16:51 BST

    Global equity markets fell on Friday as a crackdown on margin lending in China sent ripples around the world, while the dollar gained on rising U.S. consumer price data that should keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year. China's securities regulator warned investors to be cautious as Chinese …

  • FOREX-Dollar rallies from 3-week low vs yen as U.S. inflation rises Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 14:40 BST

    The dollar rebounded from a three-week low against the yen and a 10-day trough against a currency basket on Friday, bolstered by data showing inflation starting to creep into the U.S. economy, a development that should keep the Federal Reserve on track to lift interest rates this year. The inflation data, however, did …

  • G20 warns of financial volatility risk as central banks diverge Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 12:57 BST

    The Group of 20 leading economies was set on Friday to warn of a heightened risk of financial volatility as the monetary policies of major central banks begin to go their separate ways. "In an environment of diverging monetary policy settings and rising financial market volatility, policy settings should be carefully calibrated …

  • FOREX-Dollar gets a bruising as investors push back rate hike bets Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 12:14 BST

    The dollar skidded to a 10-day low against a basket of major currencies on Friday, after a run of weak U.S. economic data that has cast doubt on prospects for a Federal Reserve interest rate rise in the coming months. "Not only is the June rate hike off the table, but some people are taking a rate hike off for all of this …

  • Eurozone inflation could be around the corner Telegraph - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 11:37 BST

    Consumer prices stay in negative territory at -0.1pc in March, but monthly price pick up shows hope of recovery

  • BUZZ-European pharma: currency blows hot and cold for Q1 results Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 11:02 BST

    ** Big currency swings are set to overshadow Q1 results at European drugmakers, with euro reporters helped by a 20% year-on-year move in the dollar/euro rate but companies accounting in dollars or Swiss ...

  • Sterling rises above $1.50 for first time in a month Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 10:22 BST

    Sterling hit a four-week high against a weaker dollar on Friday, helped by a strong British jobs report with many investors also cutting favourable long dollar bets as expectations of a U.S. rate hike get pushed back. The unemployment rate also fell to 5.6 percent, its lowest level since July 2008 and down from 7.9 percent …

  • Nestle posts higher-than-expected first quarter growth

    Nestle has reported better-than-expected growth in the first quarter

  • German economic institutes hike 2015 growth forecast to 2.1%

    Carl-Ludwig Thiele, member of the executive board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, presents new 20 Euro notes in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 4, 2015

  • FOREX-Dollar heads for worst week in a month on weak U.S. data run Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 09:01 BST

    "The real question for the dollar is: is this just a poor quarter or is this the beginning of a trend of slower data in the States?" said Peter Kinsella, senior FX strategist at Commmerzbank in London. "Greece is not an issue for the FX market," Kinsella said.

  • Sterling hits three-week high against weaker dollar Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 08:38 BST

    Sterling hit a three-week high against a broadly weaker dollar on Friday, with investors awaiting key UK jobs and wages data and many cutting long dollar positions as expectations of a U.S. rate hike get ...

  • Hong Kong, Shanghai defy Asia slump on stimulus hopes

    The yen advanced against the dollar after US data showed housing starts rose less than expected in March

  • FOREX-Dollar hovers near 1-week low ahead of G20, U.S. inflation Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Apr 17, 2015 06:37 BST

    The dollar wallowed near a one-week low against a basket of major currencies on Friday and was on track for its biggest weekly drop in a month in the wake of poor U.S. economic data. The dollar retreated this week as a series of lacklustre indicators underscored the view that the Federal Reserve is more likely to raise …

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