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  • ZURICH, May 29- Switzerland's economy shrank in the first quarter, data showed, as exporters felt the impact of a strong Swiss franc, which surged after the central bank removed the currency's cap against the euro in January. Meanwhile, Switzerland's leading indicator for May rose more than expected, so while an economic recovery could not be expected...

  • *New Zealand dollar hits lowest since Sept. 2010. LONDON, May 29- The dollar index rose on Friday, resuming its recent streak of monthly gains after a break in April, with investors likely to look past soft first-quarter U.S. growth numbers after recent activity data pointed to a more sustained recovery. Traders said the Chicago Purchasing managers' index for May and...

  • ZURICH, May 29- Switzerland's economy contracted in the first quarter, data showed on Friday, with strong household spending softening what would have been a bigger drop after the central bank allowed the franc to float freely against the euro. Friday's GDP data is the first to cover the period immediately after the Swiss National Bank removed its 1.20 per euro...

  • ZURICH, May 29- Switzerland's economy contracted in the first quarter, data showed on Friday, with strong household spending softening what would have been a bigger drop after the central bank allowed the franc to float freely against the euro. Gross domestic product fell by 0.2 percent in the first three months of 2015 compared to revised growth of 0.5 percent...

  • By contrast, Japanese data released earlier on Friday showed Japan's core consumer prices barely rose and household spending unexpectedly fell in the year to April, casting doubt on the Bank of Japan's view that a steady economic recovery was lifting inflation toward the central bank's 2 percent target. A warning from Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- The euro rose on Thursday as Greece fought to reach an agreement with its lenders to avoid an imminent default, but mixed signals on the state of the negotiations kept other markets little changed. Creditors said progress in talks with Greece was too slow and a deal was still out of reach, a euro zone official told Reuters. I'm looking for an...

  • Dollar rises to 12-1/2-year peak vs yen Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 5:14 PM ET

    The dollar climbed to a 12-1/2-year high against the yen as investors bet that U.S. interest rates will rise later this year.

  • NEW YORK, May 28- The dollar climbed to a 12-1/ 2- year high against the yen on Thursday before pulling back as investors bet that U.S. interest rates will rise later this year while Japan's monetary policy remains ultra-loose. This reminds investors U.S. rates are moving up later this year and has revived the dollar's appeal since last week, "said Omer Esiner, chief...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- The U.S. dollar on Thursday hit its highest against the yen since 2002 while stocks fell after Chinese brokerages tightened margin rules and the IMF head played down talk of an imminent deal to keep Greece afloat. "We are all in the process of working towards a solution for Greece, and I would not say that we already have reached substantial results,"...

  • Star managers hit by rocky ride in yields, dollar Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 12:25 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the biggest names in the investment world have been hit by sharp moves in bonds and currencies and they're bracing for even more volatility.

  • METALS-Copper, aluminium recover from losses on dollar Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 12:10 PM ET

    *China infrastructure spend could boost metals in H2- analyst. LONDON, May 28- Copper and aluminium recovered from recent losses on Thursday as the dollar weakened against the euro and optimism grew over a Greek debt deal, but some analysts were cautious over whether gains could be sustained due to plentiful supplies. One of the reasons is because the dollar has...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- The U.S. dollar hit its highest against the yen since 2002, while global stocks cascaded lower after Chinese brokerages tightened margin rules and the IMF head downplayed talk of an imminent deal to keep Greece afloat. "We are all in the process of working towards a solution for Greece, and I would not say that we already have reached substantial...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- Some of the biggest names in the investment world have been whipsawed by the recent rise in global yields and the strength in the euro against the dollar, with investors bracing for more sharp moves later this year stemming from central bank actions. Pimco's flagship Total Return Fund, which lost its crown as the biggest bond fund in the world in...

  • European markets close: G7 Greek warning   Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    European markets close: G7 Greek warning

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the G7 finance ministers meeting.

  • FOREX-Dollar rises to 12-1/2-year peak vs yen Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:23 AM ET

    *Dollar hits highest vs yen since December 2002. NEW YORK, May 28- The dollar climbed to a 12-1/ 2- year high against the yen on Thursday as investors bet that U.S. interest rates will rise later this year while Japanese monetary policy remains ultra-loose. This reminds investors U.S. rates are moving up later this year and has revived the dollar's appeal since last...

  • FOREX-Rallying dollar powers to 12-1/2-yr high vs yen Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:20 AM ET

    *Dollar touches 124.36 yen, highest level since December 2002. LONDON, May 28- The dollar powered to a 12-1/ 2- year high against the yen on Thursday, as investors bet that U.S. interest rates will rise later this year while monetary policy remains ultra-loose in Japan. The dollar soared to 124.36 yen as a rise in Tokyo stocks also helped to boost risk appetite and hurt...

  • This currency is tanking—and the worst may be ahead Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 7:01 AM ET
    Kenyan shilllings

    This country's currency is sliding, attracting the attention of global investors—and the move may presage more global currency pain ahead.

  • Share markets in China, Hong Kong, Australia skid. LONDON, May 28- The dollar took a breather on Thursday after hitting its highest level against the yen since 2002, and stocks stuttered as high-flying Chinese shares tumbled and European officials downplayed talk of an imminent deal to keep Greece afloat. Commodity markets rebounded as the dollar's momentum...

  • The greenback soared as high as 124.30 yen, as a rise in Tokyo stocks also helped to boost risk appetite and hurt the safe-haven yen, which has been under pressure from the Bank of Japan's aggressive monetary stimulus since 2013.. Against the euro, the dollar weakened by 0.4 percent to $1.0948 after European Central Bank Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny...

  • *Share markets in China, Hong Kong, Australia skid. *Uncertainty on Greece keeps investors hopeful but wary. TOKYO, May 28- An index of Asian shares fell on Thursday as the Chinese, Hong Kong and Australian markets slipped, while the dollar scaled its highest level against the yen since 2002 on expectations the U.S.