European stocks closed lower, after fluctuating for much of the day, as investors reacted to rate decisions by the BoE and the ECB.» Read More
Selling accelerated after gold broke through its 200-day moving average of $1,300, a key level where many traders placed their stop-loss orders.
The dollar fell to a 10-day low against the yen after the Bank of Japan refrained from additional monetary easing.
The yen reached a fresh six-year low on the New Zealand dollar on Monday, as safe-haven demand waned amid hopes of more stimulus from China.
A surprise fall in Spanish inflation bolstered investors' bets the European Central Bank will ease policy next week to ward off the threat of deflation.
The euro fell against the dollar and pared its gains against the yen on Monday.
*Tensions over Ukraine, China slowdown fears lend support. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 13- Gold rose to a six-month high on Thursday as fears of economic slowdown in China and lingering worries about Russia's standoff with Ukraine over Crimea dampened demand for riskier assets and boosted bullion's appeal.
*Iran wants economic sanctions lifted. LONDON/ ANKARA, March xx- Despite a diplomatic thaw, Western banks are steering clear of attempts by Iran to get them involved in financing humanitarian transactions, fearing they could be penalised under U.S. sanctions, bankers and government officials told Reuters.
LONDON, March 13- European metal products manufacturers are seeing the most favourable conditions for buying copper in over two years as prices drop and the euro strengthens, and some are buying forwards to lock in cheap supply.
*Copper's fall compounds concerns over China slowdown. LONDON, March 12- Brent crude eased towards $108 a barrel on Wednesday as investors weighed prospects for shrinking fuel demand in the world's two biggest oil consumers and on plans for a test oil release from U.S. strategic reserves.
*Ireland set to resume regular debt auctions on Thursday. LONDON, March 12- Ireland's yields hit record lows on Wednesday a day before it returns to market with its first regular bond auction since exiting an international bailout in December.
FRANKFURT, March 11- The European Central Bank will press euro zone banks to revalue their assets and take a more realistic view on likely losses when it probes their balance sheets in the coming months, signalling a new, more aggressive era of banking supervision.
FRANKFURT, March 11- The European Central Bank will press banks to revalue their assets and take a more realistic view on likely losses when it probes their balance sheets in coming months, signalling a new, more aggressive era of banking supervision in the bloc.
The ECB's forward guidance may adjust policy to tighten the slack in the Euro zone economy, a senior ECB official said.
NEW YORK, March 11- The euro fell against the dollar and the yen on Tuesday after European Central Bank policymakers indicated traders may have overlooked the message that the bank may still act to stimlate the economy.
*Slowing investment, capital outflows will hurt Russia. LONDON/ MOSCOW March 11- To understand Western unease about the idea of imposing wide-ranging sanctions on Moscow over its intervention in Ukraine, consider an ongoing deal by one of the Kremlin's corporate giants.
LONDON, March 11- The euro fell against the dollar and the yen on Tuesday after a senior European Central Bank policymaker told investors that they may have missed the message on policy that rates are set to remain accommodative for some time to come.
*Ukraine tension, China growth outlook weigh on sentiment. LONDON, March 11- World stocks held steady, the euro edged down and oil and gold nudged up on Tuesday as traders kept a wary eye on tensions between Ukraine and Russia and the pace of growth in China.
*Ukraine tension, China growth outlook in focus. LONDON, March 11- Stocks, the euro, oil and gold all steadied on Tuesday as traders kept a wary eye on Ukraine and Russia and on the pace of growth in China. World shares rose 0.1 percent, buoyed in part by Europe, where gains by most major indexes broadly mirroring moves in Asia ex- Japan and Japan.
LONDON, March 11- The yen edged up on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan stood pat on monetary policy and its chief, Haruhiko Kuroda, said there was no need to adjust monetary policy for now. The dollar was slightly lower at 103.20 yen, trading at the bottom of the 103.19- 103.43 yen range.
*Dry weather set to cut Brazil coffee crop for two seasons. LONDON, March 10- Coffee prices climbed to a two-year high on Monday as dry weather in Brazil raised the prospect of a global deficit in 2014/ 15 and potentially the following season as well.