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.» Read More
LONDON, Feb 28- OPEC's oil output has risen further in February from December's 2-1/ 2- year low, due to more shipments from Iraq and Angola, and further upward creep in Iranian exports, a Reuters survey found on Friday.
*Foreign banks have pared back exposure in Ukraine. MOSCOW, Feb 27- Foreign banks have pared back their exposure in Ukraine in recent years and the unfolding crisis could force them to choose between cutting their losses or holding on to grab market share.
*Yellen testifies before Senate Banking Committee. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on the economy and monetary policy in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.
LONDON, Feb 27- The Bank of England's revamped forward guidance has split economists in a Reuters poll as to whether it has improved clarity about where British interest rates are headed.
*Euro suffers from safe haven bid on China, Ukraine nerves. LONDON, Feb 27- The yen and the Swiss franc rose on Thursday as jitters over the chance of Russian intervention in Ukraine added to concern around global emerging markets and drove capital towards the currency world's traditional safe havens.
Putin's war games in Ukraine and a government report showing new housing sales at five-year highs both boosted the greenback on Wednesday.
*Russian troops on alert in drill near Ukraine border. LONDON, Feb 26- German government bond yields fell to their lowest in nearly three weeks on Wednesday as mounting geopolitical tensions over Ukraine spurred flows into low-risk debt.
SAO PAULO/ LONDON, Feb 26- Ukraine's hryvnia currency tumbled on Wednesday to a record low, as investors were unsettled by the country's murky political and economic outlook, while Brazil's real retreated after a five-day rally.
LONDON, Feb 26- The Australian dollar fell on Wednesday as a continuing slide in the Chinese yuan highlighted concerns about a slowdown in Australia's top export market, while the U.S. dollar edged higher ahead of testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
LONDON, Feb 26- German government bond yields held close to their 2014 lows on Wednesday even after investors shunned a second consecutive debt sale, suggesting they saw scant value in the "painfully" low returns on offer.
*Ukraine's hryvnia down 4 percent vs dollar on day. LONDON, Feb 26- Ukraine's hryvnia tumbled 4 percent on Wednesday to 10 per dollar as political uncertainty mounted, with ripples spreading to Russia where the rouble fell to five-year lows and bank shares took a hit.
Ukraine remains without a settled government several days after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich, raising concerns that the country will fail to tap outside financial support in time to repay debts as its own hard currency reserves dwindle.
LONDON, Feb 26- The Swedish crown fell against the euro on Wednesday after Riksbank policymakers said lower interest rates could be needed, while the dollar edged higher ahead of testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Feb 25- Ukraine appealed for urgent international aid this week after the fall of Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovich cast doubt on whether it could get the remaining $12 billion from a bailout deal he struck with Moscow.
*Acting president says Ukraine close to default. KIEV, Feb 24- Ukraine appealed for urgent international aid on Monday after the fall of Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovich cast doubt on a bailout deal with Moscow, saying it needed $35 billion over the next two years.
*Acting president says Ukraine close to default. KIEV, Feb 24- Cash-strapped Ukraine appealed for urgent financial assistance on Monday to prevent a default, saying it needed $35 billion over two years to stop the economy "heading into the abyss".
NEW YORK, Feb 21- The dollar fell against the euro on Friday after weak U.S. housing data stoked concerns about the American economy, but remained on track for its first week of broad gains against a basket of major currencies in three weeks.
LONDON, Feb 21- Spanish and Italian bond yields fell back towards eight-year lows on Friday in a broad based rally in euro zone debt as uncertainty over the bloc's growth outlook bolstered expectations of further ECB policy easing.
A still fragile outlook for the European economy and strong US economic growth helped push the greenback up.
LONDON, Feb 20- Gold steadied on Thursday after two sessions of losses that pulled it back from 3-1/ 2 month highs, as a retreat in stock markets after weak French and Chinese data boosted its appeal as an alternative asset.