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  • SYDNEY, Dec 23- The dollar hovered at its highest in nearly nine years against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after stunningly strong U.S. economic growth spurred markets to bring forward the timing of a likely hike in interest rates. The dollar index reached highs not seen since April 2006 as the greenback popped up to 120.82 yen and the euro sank to a...

  • *Trading subdued with Japan closed for holiday. SYDNEY, Dec 23- The dollar touched a fresh two-week high against the yen on Tuesday, but struggled to make further headway in a market subdued by a holiday in Japan. A record-closing high on Wall Street had helped lift the greenback against the yen in New York, and modest follow-through buying in Asia saw the dollar come...

  • FOREX-Dollar stands tall in thin year-end trade Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    *Dollar back above 120.00 yen, dollar index hits near 9- year high. *Trading seen light in Asia with Japan closed for holiday. The euro wallowed near a two-year low of $1.2221, while the Canadian dollar eased to C $1.1634 per USD, back near a 5-1/ 2 year trough of C $1.1674 set last week.

  • The euro hovered near a 28- month low against the greenback, while the dollar touched a more than one-week high against the yen in a continuation of dollar strength on the back of the Fed's hints at tighter monetary policy on Wednesday and looser policies in Europe, Japan and Switzerland. "Looking into 2015, the prospect of European Central Bank quantitative...

  • LONDON, Dec 19- Traders who bought emerging market currencies at the start of 2014 could still be in profit, as long as they didn't fund their investment with U.S. dollars. A basket of emerging currencies excluding the Russian rouble, tracked by UBS, had fallen 8.6 percent against the dollar year-to-date by Dec. 16. "A lot of the headlines about EM currency weakness...

  • Expectations of more Japan stimulus weighs on yen. LONDON, Dec 19- The yen fell on Friday amid expectations of further stimulus next year to bolster Japanese inflation and also on a revival of global risk sentiment after battered oil prices and Russia's rouble stabilised. BoJ chief Haruhiko Kuroda said Japan was still halfway towards meeting an inflation goal...

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- The safe-haven yen was on the back foot on Friday, as risk assets staged a broad recovery and investors awaited a press conference by the head of the Bank of Japan after the central bank held policy steady. "The focus still remains on broader risk appetite, the continued fall in commodity prices, in particular oil, and the divergent monetary policies of...

  • BOJ raises its economic view, but keeps policy steady Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:29 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy steady, as had been expected, but it raised its economic assessment, citing signs of a pickup in exports.

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- The safe-haven yen was on the back foot on Friday, as risk assets staged a broad recovery and investors awaited the outcome of a Bank of Japan meeting. The dollar added 0.2 percent against the yen to buy 119.06 yen, while the euro tacked on 0.2 percent to 146.21 yen. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will likely repeat calls for firms to increase wages at his...

  • TOKYO, Dec 17- Japan's Nikkei stock index is expected to gain around 13 percent next year, as a weaker yen raises hopes of higher earnings for exporters, while the Bank Of Japan's asset buying programme is seen underpinning risk appetite, a Reuters poll found. Japan's benchmark is expected to rise to 19,000 by the end of 2015, according to the median forecast of 62...

  • TOKYO, Dec 17- Japan's exports grew for a third straight month in November from a year earlier, but much more slowly than expected and despite a sharp fall in the yen, maintaining economic policy pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe days after his ruling coalition's big election win. Analysts say the slowdown followed a jump in October exports from one-off...

  • TOKYO, Dec 17- Japan's exports grew for a third straight month in November from a year earlier, but much more slowly than expected and despite a sharp fall in the yen as slowing demand in Asia and Europe dampened trade. "Exports to Asia and Europe were weak. "I still expect shipments to remain firm as the U.S. economy continues to help spur output in Asia and Japan.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 17- World markets braced for more volatility on Wednesday as tumbling oil prices and a brewing financial crisis in Russia sent investors stampeding for safe havens such as the yen and U.S. The jump in the yen is likely to pressure Japan's Nikkei while fears of capital flight will haunt emerging markets across Asia. MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific shares...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- The U.S. dollar slipped against major currencies on Tuesday on expectations that the Federal Reserve would take a cautious tone on monetary policy, while a slide in oil prices pushed the Russian rouble to new lows and boosted the safe-haven yen. "That the FOMC sounds dovish either in the statement or the press conference is certainly a risk to the...

  • "Oil plunging... is causing volatility in currencies and causing people to take profit in the dollar," said Alan Ruskin, global head of currency strategy at Deutsche Bank in New York. The threat that tumbling oil prices pose to Russia's economy, along with the Russian central bank's failure to halt the currency's plunge through an emergency rate hike, led the Russian...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Turmoil gripped global foreign exchange markets on Tuesday, driving investors to the safety of the yen and the Swiss franc as Russia's rouble went into a tailspin and oil prices fell below $60 a barrel. "It is contagion from Russia. Anything related to oil is being sold off, "said Carl Hammer, chief currency strategist, at SEB, Stockholm.

  • *Crown falls to 4- yr low after Sweden holds rates. LONDON, Dec 16- The yen hit a one-month high against the dollar and the euro on Tuesday as investors bought safe-haven currencies amid a slide in oil prices that has triggered a bout of volatility across asset classes. Analysts say a deeper economic contraction in Russia will have a negative impact on global growth,...

  • *Yen firm on concerns of more trouble at energy producers. TOKYO, Dec 16- The yen hit a two-week high versus the dollar on Tuesday as investors shunned riskier assets, while the rouble- a major victim of plunging oil prices- rebounded after the Russian central bank hiked rates to halt its currency's collapse. The yen rose 0.4 percent to 117.30 to the dollar, its highest...

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- The Russian rouble rebounded from record lows on Tuesday after the Russian central bank hiked interest rates to halt a collapse in its currency, while the backdrop of falling oil prices and concerns over global growth supported the safe-haven yen. U.S. crude futures fell 3.3 percent on Monday after OPEC once again said it will not cut oil output...

  • The rouble weakened beyond 60 roubles per dollar for the first time as 5-1/ 2- year lows in oil prices threatened Russia's economy. Sales of oil and gas are Russia's chief source of export revenue, while tougher U.S. sanctions on Moscow, which were set out in a bill passed by U.S. Congress Friday, added to Russia's economic woes. "The viciousness of the decline in oil...