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  • LONDON, Dec 18- Emerging shares rose for a second straight day on Thursday while most currencies strengthened, lifted by the Federal Reserve's show of confidence in the U.S. economy, though Russia's rouble eased after two days of gains. Bourses in oil exporters Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates bounced back strongly after dramatic falls earlier in the...

  • PUTIN SAYS CENBANK SHOULD HAVE STOPPED FOREX MARKET.

  • PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA DOES NOT PLAN DIRECTIVES TO EXPORTERS ON.

  • PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA WILL NOT FORCE EXPORTERS TO SELL FOREX.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday as its central bank slapped a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and the likely pressure from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent days also calmed a touch as Russia managed to stabilise its rouble ahead of an end-of-year address...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc hit its lowest against the dollar in more than two years, and touched a two-month trough against the euro, on Thursday after the Swiss National Bank said it would introduce negative interest rates. The Swiss franc weakened to as much as 1.2098 francs per euro on trading platform EBS, pulling away from the SNB's three-year old cap of...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russia's central bank said on Thursday it had conducted no interventions on the foreign exchange market on Dec. 16, when the rouble suffered its largest intraday loss since 1998..

  • *China watching rouble closely as Russian currency collapses. BEIJING, Dec 18- China is closely monitoring the slide in the Russian rouble, the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday, as the currency of one of its major energy imports struggles to avoid a free-fall. Wang Yonggui, head of policy and regulations for the State Administration of Foreign...

  • BEIJING, Dec 18- The slide in the rouble has not had a major impact on China's cross-border foreign exchange flows, an official with the Chinese foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday. The comments come as global markets have been roiled by turmoil in Russia's financial markets, which forced the central bank to hike interest rates 6.5 percentage point in a...

  • BEIJING, Dec 18- China will push forward with reforms to allow for full capital account convertibility, an official with the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday. To circumvent controls on the capital account, currency speculators have previously used methods such as overinvoicing exports to Hong Kong in order to sneak money into the country.

  • Fed-induced jump in USD won't sustain: FXCM  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:47 PM ET

    Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist at FXCM, says the greenback is headed for a correction in the near term as the Fed's "patient" approach essentially doesn't mean a change in guidance.

  • BEIJING, Dec 18- China is closely monitoring the slide in the Russian rouble, an official with the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday, after the Russian central bank's 6.5 percentage point rate hike this week failed to stave off a collapse in its currency.

  • TOKYO, Dec 18- The dollar took the upper hand on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signalled it was on track to raise interest rates next year, altering a pledge to keep them near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the U.S. economy. The dollar index rose to 89.109, flat in Asia but having risen 1.0 percent on Wednesday and coming within a striking...

  • Russian crisis could be like 1998—but worse Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:42 PM ET
    People gather near a currency exchange office in Moscow, December 17, 2014.

    If Russia doesn't do this one thing (and soon), it will be like 1998 — but worse, says Wolfgang Koester.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- The U.S. dollar posted its biggest daily gain against major currencies since early October on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled it was on track to hike interest rates sometime next year. "Markets are taking the dollar higher, as they should be, because the Fed is on track to hike rates in 2015," said Win Thin, currency strategist at Brown...

  • Trying to pick a bottom in energy stocks Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:07 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Trying to pick a bottom in energy stocks: is this the time to go long?

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- The U.S. dollar rallied against major currencies after the Federal Reserve's latest policy statement and comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen signaled the central bank was on track to hike rates next year. The euro was last down 1.28 percent against the dollar at $1.2346 after hitting $1.2322, its lowest level against the greenback since Dec. 9.

  • Dollar pares gains after Fed statement Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    The dollar pared gains against major currencies on Wednesday after the Fed said there remains "considerable time" before an interest rate hike.

  • Easing restrictions on Cuba: Limited stock impact Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:50 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Investing in Cuba: it's one thing to try to ease travel restrictions and open an embassy, it's another to lift the embargo.

  • LONDON, Dec 17- Global foreign exchange reserves may have fallen in the third quarter for the first time since the financial crisis as central banks stepped up interventions to prevent their currencies from falling too sharply. Global reserves hit a record $12 trillion in the second quarter of this year, up from $11.86 trillion in the first three months of the...