Singapore's central bank censured a record 20 banks on Friday after it found more than 100 traders in the city state tried to rig key borrowing and currency rates.» Read More
SYDNEY, June 18- All the major currencies marked time in Asia on Wednesday as investors waited anxiously to see if the Federal Reserve could clarify the outlook for policy without sending markets into a fresh frenzy.
LONDON, June 19- The fate of Britain's two state-controlled banks will become clearer on Wednesday, when finance minister George Osborne is likely to start the clock ticking for the sale of the government's stakes.
LONDON, June 19- Britain should introduce laws making it possible to jail "reckless" bankers and claw back past bonus and pension awards, an influential panel of lawmakers said on Wednesday.
LONDON, June 18- Britain's top market regulations enforcer said on Tuesday her agency would pursue relentlessly individuals who break rules such as rigging Libor interest rates, and that fines were not punishment enough.
JAKARTA, June 18- Indonesia's planned hike in fuel prices will drive 2013 inflation to a five-year high and pressure the central bank to raise interest rates again even as the increased cost of living weighs on consumers in Southeast Asia's largest economy.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan down 0.1 pct, Nikkei opens down 0.1 pct. Turbulence in global financial markets over the past month was triggered by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke saying the Fed may decide on slowing its $85 billion monthly purchases of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities in its next few meetings if the economy showed signs of improving.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan down 0.2 pct, Nikkei opens 0.8 pct lower. TOKYO, June 17- Asian shares inched lower and the dollar remained defensive on Monday as investors settled in to wait for the U.S.
Among the stock activity stories for Friday, June 14, from the Associated Press:. _ InvenSense Inc. shares rose after a Piper Jaffray analyst said he thinks the technology company's revenue will pick up in the next few months, with Apple Inc. possibly providing an important boost.
American Express Co. shares fell Friday after a Barclays analyst lowered his rating on the credit card company's stock. THE SPARK: Analyst Mark DeVries lowered his rating on American Express from "Overweight" to "Equal Weight," saying the company has more modest growth potential.
*UBS, ING, RBS must set aside most in reserves. SINGAPORE, June 14- Singapore's central bank censured a record 20 banks on Friday after it found more than 100 traders in the city state tried to rig key borrowing and currency rates.
LONDON, June 14- Copper edged higher on Friday as uncertainty about disruptions at big mines prompted some investors to cancel short positions, but was on track for losses for a second straight week on concern about weak global growth and demand.
*Exporters now eager to maintain dollar at 95 yen- trader. TOKYO, June 14- The dollar remained sluggish against the yen on Friday, but gained a foothold above 95 after plunging to a two-month trough in the previous session, thanks to a bounce in Japanese stocks and bids by exporters.
TOKYO/ SYDNEY, June 14- The U.S. dollar stayed on the back foot in Asia on Friday, having slumped to a fresh four-month low against a basket of currencies as a bounce-back in global equities saw investors favour the euro and commodity currencies.
*Market gets late boost from article on Fed's likely course. *Fed buys $3.29 bln in Treasuries due in 2020 to 2023. NEW YORK, June 13- U.S.
LONDON, June 13- Britain's new markets watchdog lacks clarity and must be bolder about protecting consumers hit by years of misleading sales tactics, two former top policymakers said on Thursday. The financial crisis prompted Britain to scrap the decade-old Financial Services Authority and replace it with the Financial Conduct Authority in April.
NEW YORK, June 13- Yankee Candle called off plans Thursday to raise $1.4 billion in fresh capital, withdrawing a bond issue and term loan amid tough and volatile conditions in the US financing markets. The Massachusetts- based candle-maker withdrew its $450 million five-year senior unsecured bond and pulled a $950 million concurrent term loan, sources told IFR.
NEW YORK, June 13- U.S. Renewed appetite for Treasuries will likely bolster bidding at the $13 billion auction of 30- year bonds at 1 p.m., part of this week's $66 billion in coupon-bearing government debt supply, analysts said.
*Wall Street seen opening lower. LONDON, June 11- The yen rose while shares, bonds and gold fell on Tuesday as investors retreated into cash, unnerved by fears that major central banks are cooling in their commitment to the money-pumping that has buoyed global markets.
LONDON, June 11- The yen rose sharply on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan refrained from additional measures to curb recent bond market volatility, sparking a steep drop in Japanese equity futures.
WASHINGTON-- U.S. wholesalers likely saw sales stabilize in April after a big drop in March with some economists expecting the gain will be enough to spur further stockpiling. The Commerce Department will release the report at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday.