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Large US banks sweating the move to lower interest rates
NEW YORK, Sept 15 — President Donald Trump’s attacks on the US Federal Reserve make financial markets cringe, but his demand for zero interest rates makes banks sweat.
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Stormclouds gather for Facebook’s Libra currency
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 — International outcry is mounting over Facebook’s Libra — with central banks, governments and regulators railing against the social media giant’s upstart cryptocurrency...
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Investors await rate cuts and trade talks
REVIEW: As the European Central Bank unveiled a fresh volley of stimulus measures on Thursday, among them a further 10 basis-point cut to its negative interest rate...
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Pound jumps on Brexit hopes as global stocks firmer
LONDON, Sept 13 — The British pound hit a seven-week high against the dollar today on easing fears of a no-deal Brexit.
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Spooked by Facebook’s Libra, euro zone to step up work on public cryptocurrency
HELSINKI, Sept 13 — Euro zone governments and central banks are working on a long-term plan to launch a public digital currency that they hope would make redundant projects like Facebook’s Libra, ...
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US stocks drive biggest global equity inflows in 18 months
LONDON (Bloomberg): Traders rushed back into US equity funds and trimmed their haven exposure on optimism that global central bankers will shower markets...
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KLCI flat after Asian share rise on ECB rate cut
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 13): The FBM KLCI closed up 0.25 point or 0.02% at 1,601.25 after Asian shares ended higher as investors took cue from the European Central Bank's (ECB) interest rate cut and as the...
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Ringgit extends gains against US dollar
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — The ringgit extended its upward momentum to close higher against the US dollar today, thanks to the easing trade tensions between the United States (US) and China, dealers sa...
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Euro surges as investors see ECB done with stimulus
LONDON, Sept 13 — The euro rocketed to a 17-day high against the dollar today as German government bond yields surged on the back of investors thinking the European Central Bank was done stimulating...
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KLCI retraces earlier losses to close flat
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia ended the day on a flat note as investors remained on the sidelines ahead of the long weekend in addition to absence of local buying...
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Asian markets rally on growing trade hopes and ECB easing
HONG KONG, Sept 13 — Equities rose in Asian trade today after the European Central Bank unveiled a fresh round of economic stimulus and another interest rate cut while a report said the US was consi...
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Euro zone bond yields at six-week highs day after ECB delivers stimulus
LONDON, Sept 13 — The euro zone’s long-dated bond yields rose to six-week highs today as hopes for progress on US-China trade talks reduced demand for safe-haven assets a day after the European Ce...
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‘Count Draghila is sucking our accounts dry’, says German daily Bild
BERLIN, Sept 13 — Mass-selling German newspaper Bild today accused European Central Bank President Mario Draghi of “sucking dry” the bank accounts of Germany’s savers, a day after the ECB cut ...
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European stock markets steady at open
LONDON, Sept 13 — European stock markets were steady at the start of trading today, awaiting a key Federal Reserve interest-rate meeting next week.
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Bursa stays muted ahead of holiday weekend
KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI slipped into negative territory by midday as profit-taking set in over the course of the morning session.
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Gold dips as trade hopes fan risk appetite
BENGALURU: Gold prices edged lower on Friday as improved risk appetite amid signs of a thaw in the long-drawn U.S.-China trade tiff drew investors away from the...
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KLCI hovers below 1,600 as downtrend persists
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 13): The FBM KLCI hovered below the crucial 1,600-point level at the midday break Friday, ahead of the extended weekend as the prevailing downtrend persisted.
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KLCI reverses earlier gains as sentiment turns bearish
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 13): The FBM KLCI reversed its earlier gains and dipped 0.17% at mid-morning today, weighed by select blue chips as sentiment turned bearish.
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Hong Kong stocks start day slightly higher
HONG KONG, Sept 13 — Hong Kong stocks opened with small gains today as investors cheered a fresh round of stimulus measures from the European Central Bank, with hopes for a Federal Reserve interest ...
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Trade optimism pressures yen but caution prevails ahead of Fed, BOJ
TOKYO, Sept 13 — The yen was pinned near a six-week low versus the dollar as signs the United States and China were narrowing their differences over trade ahead of key talks decreased demand for saf...
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Bursa Malaysia opens higher, ECB stimulus lift
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — Bursa Malaysia opened higher in early trade today, tracking closely the positive overnight performance of the US equities markets, as investors lauded European Central Bank (...
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Asian shares advance on US-China trade hopes, ECB stimulus
TOKYO, Sept 13 — Asian stocks advanced today as hints of progress in the US-China trade dispute and aggressive stimulus from the European Central Bank helped to counter worries about a global econom...
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KLCI sees slight gains on ECB stimulus, easing trade tensions
KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI moved higher in early Friday trade, tracking Wall Street overnight as the European Central Bank unveiled its new stimulus...
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Trading ideas: Astro, Sunway, Straits Inter Logistics, Destini, Maxis
KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd, Sunway Bhd, Straits Inter Logistics Bhd, Destini Bhd and Maxis Bhd are among the stocks to watch on Friday, according...
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KLCI tracks regional advance in early trade
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 13): The FBM KLCI ticked up in early trade Friday, tracking the advance at regional markets.
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Treasury bulls face rare quandary as stampede stopped in tracks
NEW YORK: Treasury bulls have thrived by following their instincts over the past year. Now’s the time for second thoughts.
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Wall Street ends higher on trade, ECB stimulus hopes
NEW YORK: Wall Street advanced on Thursday, and the S&P 500 ended the session within striking distance of its all-time closing high, buoyed by positive developments...
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Wall Street ends higher on trade, ECB stimulus hopes
NEW YORK, Sept 13 — Wall Street advanced yesterday, and the S&P 500 ended the session within striking distance of its all-time closing high, buoyed by positive developments on the US-China trade fro...
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Draghi ties Lagarde’s hands with promise of indefinite stimulus
FRANKFURT, Sept 13 — European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi pledged indefinite stimulus yesterday to revive an ailing euro zone economy, tying the hands of his successor for years to come and spar...
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Asia Stock Futures Edge Higher; Treasuries Slip
(Sept 13): Stocks in Asia were primed for modest gains Friday after trade optimism continued to grow and the European Central Bank introduced a fresh round of stimulus.
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Wall Street gains on easing trade concerns, euro zone stimulus
NEW YORK, Sept 12 — US stocks gained in morning trading today after the United States delayed scheduled tariff hikes on billions worth of Chinese imports, and the European Central Bank launched a st...
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ECB cuts key rate, to restart bond purchases
FRANKFURT, Sept 12 — The European Central Bank approved a fresh stimulus package as expected today, cutting interest rates and approving a new round of bond purchases to prop up euro zone growth and...
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Draghi gives banks pain relief as ECB negative rates cut deeper
FRANKFURT (Bloomberg): The European Central Bank offered lenders partial relief from its negative interest rates -- which were cut again on Thursday -- in an acknowledgment that the policy risks under...
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Euro waits for ECB as trade thaw spurs yuan rebound
LONDON, Sept 12 — The euro hovered near US$1.10 (RM4.59) today as traders prepared for the European Central Bank to unveil an expected stimulus package, while China’s yuan and Australia’s dollar...
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KLCI falls, ringgit strengthens after BNM rate decision
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): The FBM KLCI finished 1.3 points or 0.08% lower today at 1,601 after volatile trade in the final trading hour in an apparent  reaction to Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) decision...
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Trade war thaw and ECB hopes lift world stocks to six-week highs
LONDON, Sept 12 — World stocks climbed to their highest in six weeks today as the European Central Bank prepared to offer new stimulus measures and the United States and China made mutual concession...
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KLCI gives up all its gains to close in the red
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia pared all its gains to close in the red on Thursday, weighed down by losses in IHH Healthcare, Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Petronas...
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KLCI pares gains ahead of Bank Negara meeting
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): The FBM KLCI pared some of its gains at the midday break today, ahead of Bank Negara Malaysia's monetary policy committee meeting this afternoon.
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PetChem extends rally, telcos rebound
KUALA LUMPUR: Global equities headed higher as interest rate cuts were back in the spotlight ahead of the European Central Bank's policy meeting later tonight...
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Bursa Malaysia higher at mid-morning
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — Bursa Malaysia continued its uptrend with FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) up 4.07 points to 1,606.37 as at 11am.
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KLCI rises 0.28% to hold above 1,600pt level
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): The FBM KLCI rose 0.28% at mid-morning today to hold above the 1,600-point level, against the backdrop of firmer regional markets.
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KLCI edges up as Trump postpones tariffs by 2 weeks, OPR meeting stays in focus
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): The FBM KLCI edged up in early trade Thursday, tracking regional markets as President Donald Trump said he was postponing the imposition of 5% extra tariffs on Chinese goods by...
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Bursa extends gains as Wall Street rises
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — Bursa Malaysia extended yesterday's steady momentum to opened higher today, amid a buoyant Wall Street.
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Sino-US trade thaw sparks currency risk rally, euro awaits ECB
SINGAPORE, Sept 12 — An exchange of olive branches between Washington and Beijing on trade pushed the US dollar to a six-week high against the safe-haven yen today and also supported the risk-sensit...
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KLCI inches higher on Petronas Chemicals’ gains
KUALA LUMPUR: Blue chips eked out slight gains early Thursday as the US-China trade tensions eased and Hong Leong Bank, Petronas Chemicals and MISC were among...
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Trading ideas: Inari, Sime Darby, Hubline, Tadmax
KUALA LUMPUR: Inari Amertron Bhd, Sime Darby Bhd, Hubline Bhd, Tadmax Resources Bhd and Icon Offshore are among the stocks to watch on Thursday, according to...
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Asian stocks rise on hopes for US-China trade, monetary stimulus
TOKYO, Sept 12 — Asian stocks rose today on hopes for a thaw in US-China trade frictions and expectations that the European Central Bank will kick off another wave of monetary easing by global centr...
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U.S. Stock Futures Gain as Trump Delays Tariffs
(Sept 12): U.S. equity futures rose and the yen dipped after President Donald Trump said he will delay the next tariff increase on China by about two weeks.
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ECB to turn stimulus taps back on to prop up ailing economy
FRANKFURT, Sept 12 — The European Central Bank is set to unveil fresh stimulus measures today to prop up the ailing euro zone economy, but its exact moves are far from certain and a decision that un...
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Trade optimism, Apple push Wall Street slightly higher
NEW YORK, Sept 11 — US stocks rose slightly today as China’s move to ease trade tensions with the United States soothed investor nerves, while shares of Apple gained a day after the launch of its ...
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How does negative rate policy work?
NEW YORK, Sept 11 — US President Donald Trump has suggested that the US Federal Reserve drive interest rates into negative territory.
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Euro dips as investors wait to see scale of ECB easing
LONDON, Sept 11 — The euro dipped today but most investors stuck to the sidelines ahead of a key European Central Bank meeting tomorrow, with the scale of an expected monetary easing package from eu...
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Investors unwind bearish bets as optimism grows on trade and stimulus
LONDON, Sept 11 — World stocks rose for the sixth straight day today and bond prices fell as investors continued to unwind safety bets, encouraged by hopes of a resolution to the Sino-US trade stand...
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London’s FTSE 100 gains on hopes of stimulus, trade resolution
LONDON, Sept 11 — UK blue-chips edged higher today, buoyed by hopes of monetary stimulus from central banks as economic growth slows because of a protracted US-China trade war, while signs of a thaw...
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Bursa Malaysia higher at mid-afternoon
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 ― Bursa Malaysia stayed higher at mid-morning, lifted by gains in selected heavyweights.
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European shares up on signs of thaw in US-China trade war
FRANKFURT, Sept 11 ― European shares opened higher today, bolstered by China's move to exempt some US goods from additional tariffs, the latest sign that a prolonged trade war between the two sides ...
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Bursa Malaysia ends morning session higher
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 ― Bursa Malaysia ended the morning session higher, supported by Axiata, Petronas Chemicals and Maybank.
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Asian stocks rise as optimism slowly returns
HONG KONG, Sept 11 ― Asian markets mostly rose today with a broadly upbeat tone across trading floors ahead of major meetings at the European and US central banks, while there is also a growing sens...
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Pound resilient as Brexit plot thickens
NEW YORK, Sept 11 ― The pound strengthened against both the dollar and the euro yesterday as investors took heart from legislation blocking a no-deal Brexit.
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Cautious optimism supports dollar ahead of ECB meeting
SINGAPORE, Sept 11 ― Fragile investor confidence supported the dollar and weakened the yen today but currency markets kept to tight ranges ahead of series of major central bank meetings over the nex...
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Bursa Malaysia rebounds, led by Axiata
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 ― Bursa Malaysia rebounded today, led by Axiata, which rose 1.2 per cent to RM4.16 after losing more than 15 per cent at yesterday’s close.
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Wall Street slips as weak China data fuels slowdown fears
NEW YORK, Sept 11 ― Technology stocks led the Wall Street into the red yesterday as recessionary fears, fuelled by declining producer prices from China, dampened investor risk appetite.
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Wall Street mixed as investors flee growth for value
NEW YORK: The S&P 500 ended little changed on Tuesday, with a rally in energy and industrial shares countering a drop in the technology and real estate...
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Asia Stocks Seen Higher: Treasuries Extend Drop
(Sept 11): Stocks in Asia were poised to edge higher following a late rally in U.S. equities.
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Bond yields up, stocks flat on shifting ECB views
NEW YORK, Sept 11 ― Bond yields climbed and a gauge of world stock markets recovered from previous lows to trade flat yesterday, as uncertainty grew over the mix of stimulus the European Central Ban...
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US stocks retreat ahead of central bank announcements
NEW YORK, Sept 10 — Wall Street stocks fell early today, with consumer and technology shares especially weak ahead of key monetary policy decisions.
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Ringgit retreats against US dollar
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 — The ringgit retreated from last week’s gains to close lower against the US dollar today as the greenback strengthened on broad-based optimism surrounding the US-China trade...
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Pound lifted by Johnson’s latest defeat, Asian equities struggle
HONG KONG, Sept 10 — The pound bounced today after Prime Minister Boris Johnson again failed to get MPs to back a snap election.
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Citigroup says gold may top record
SINGAPORE: Gold prices may rally to a record above US$2,000 an ounce in the next two years, according to Citigroup Inc., which gave a laundry list of positive drivers...
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Yen, franc sink as fading risks take shine off safe-havens
SINGAPORE, Sept 10 — The yen and swiss franc fell to five-week troughs today as investors looked for higher-risk currencies, emboldened by a report of German stimulus plans, diminishing chances of a...
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Bursa Malaysia ends morning session lower
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 10 ― Bursa Malaysia ended the morning session lower today as selling pressure persisted amid lack of local market-moving news and muted regional markets performance.
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Economists see ECB cornered into new stimulus broadside
FRANKFURT, Sept 10 — The European Central Bank is set to unveil fresh monetary easing at a meeting Thursday, analysts agree, under pressure from markets to deliver support to a flagging eurozone eco...
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Asian stocks mostly weaker on steep Chinese factory price declines
TOKYO, Sept 10 — Most Asian stocks swung lower today, weighed by Chinese markets after data showed mainland factory prices shrinking at their fastest pace in three years while reports of German stim...
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Asian stocks mostly weaker on steep Chinese factory price declines
TOKYO: Most Asian stocks swung lower on Tuesday, weighed by Chinese markets after data showed mainland factory prices shrinking at their fastest pace in three...
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The Fed and ECB are stuck in a shrinking corner
The European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve will be under even greater scrutiny over the next 10 days as their policy-making committees discuss recent economic...
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Fitch says trade policy disruption is ‘darkening’ global economic outlook
NEW YORK, Sept 10 — The escalation in the ongoing US-China trade war and the prospect of a no-deal Brexit are among trade policy disruptions that are “darkening” the global economic outlook, Fit...
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World Bank CEO Georgieva sole candidate to lead IMF
WASHINGTON, Sept 9 — A top executive at the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria, now faces no opposition in her candidacy to lead the International Monetary Fund, the fund announced today.
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European shares inch up on strong German data, stimulus hopes
LONDON, Sept 9 — European stock markets opened slightly higher after data showed a surprise rise in German exports and on firmer expectations of a stimulus by the European Central Bank later this we...
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Time for shock and awe: Five questions for the ECB
LONDON, Sept 9 — This week’s European Central Bank (ECB) meeting is shaping up as one of the most anticipated in years as the central bank gears up to boost a frail economy with a series of stimul...
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Euro on defensive ahead of ECB, yuan slips after RRR cut
TOKYO, Sept 9 — The euro was under pressure today ahead of a European Central Bank meeting later this week at which policymakers are expected to deliver new stimulus to bolster a flagging regional e...
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Asia stocks make cautious gains as weak data boosts stimulus hopes
TOKYO, Sept 9 — Asian stocks eked out modest gains today, amid a cautious market mood as investors pinned expectations on likely stimulus to support growth in the world’s major economies, which sh...
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Asia stocks make cautious gains as weak data boosts stimulus hopes
TOKYO: Asian stocks eked out modest gains on Monday, amid a cautious market mood as investors pinned expectations on likely stimulus to support growth in the...
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Christine Lagarde and the case for more QE
Mario Draghi is on his final stretch, and it’s not an easy road to travel.
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German factory orders sink
FRANKFURT: German factory orders fell in July, aggravating an industrial slump that has pushed Europe’s largest economy to the brink of recession.
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BoJ board member calls for pre-emptive monetary easing
HAKODATE: A Bank of Japan (BoJ) board member advocated a pre-emptive further easing in monetary policy, warning that the need for additional stimulus is...
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Lagarde promises euro MPs reform and openness at ECB
BRUSSELS, Sept 4 — After years of hectic crisis-fighting and massive expansion of its role, the European Central Bank must review how it purses price stability and communicate better with EU citizen...
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ECB nominee Lagarde faces grilling from euro MPs
FRANKFURT, Sept 4 ― European Parliament lawmakers will today question incoming European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde on how she will run the institution, in a first major public test for the...
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Weak data, Brexit woes knock European stocks off one-month high
LONDON, Sept 4 ― European shares retreated from a one-month high yesterday as weak US factory data added to worries about global growth, while uncertainty over Britain's chaotic exit from the Europe...
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Sterling on backfoot as political turmoil dogs Brexit process
TOKYO, Sept 3 ― Sterling wallowed near a more than two-year low today on growing investor worries about a “no-deal Brexit” as rival British lawmakers fought for control over negotiations to leav...
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Defensive buying drives European stocks higher as FTSE outperforms
LONDON, Sept 3 ― European stocks closed higher in thin trading yesterday, with investors favouring defensive sectors as the United States and China imposed more tariffs, while a slide in the pound h...
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Emerging central banks deliver most rate cuts in a decade
LONDON: Emerging market policymakers slashed interest rates in August, taking their lead from major central banks including the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European...
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Stocks slip on tariffs, Argentina hit by capital controls
NEW YORK:  U.S. stock futures dove on Monday after Washington and Beijing placed new taxes on each other's goods, while Argentina imposed capital controls and cast...
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Stocks slip as new US-China tariffs sour global outlook
LONDON, Sept 2 — Global stocks dipped today after the United States and China imposed new tariffs on each other’s goods, reinforcing investors’ worries over slowing global growth, with no clear ...
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Europe should ignore ‘treacherous promises’ of Facebook’s Libra currency, says ECB’s Mersch
FRANKFURT, Sept 2 — Facebook’s proposed Libra currency could undermine the European Central Bank’s ability to set monetary policy and Europe should ignore its siren call of “treacherous promis...
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Europe should ignore 'treacherous promises' of Facebook's Libra currency: ECB's Mersch
FRANKFURT: Facebook's proposed Libra currency could undermine the European Central Bank's ability to set monetary policy and Europe should ignore its siren call of...
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More ECB officials pile into stimulus debate as economy wilts
VIENNA: Two more European Central Bank policy makers weighed into the debate over whether the economy needs another strong blast of monetary stimulus, adding to...
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Global stocks boosted by China-US talk hopes
NEW YORK, Aug 30 — Stocks floated higher yesterday, lifted by positive sentiment surrounding the US-China trade war, while the pound steadied after a Brexit-fuelled slump.
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Bonds reign supreme, equities struggle on recession, Brexit fears
TOKYO, Aug 29 — Global bond yields flirted with record lows while stocks struggled to recover yesterday, as global recession worries from intensifying US-China frictions and the spectre of a no-deal...
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Asia stocks, bond yields rise as trade war fears ease
TOKYO, Aug 27 — Asian stocks tracked global peers higher today while safe-haven bonds sold off as signs Sino-US trade hostilities might be easing helped restore investor confidence after the previou...
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Greece fully lifts capital controls imposed during bailout chaos, says PM
ATHENS, Aug 26 — Greece is set to fully lift remaining capital controls, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in parliament today.
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