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  • BEIJING, Feb 19- China's central bank sold a net 1.2 billion yuan worth of foreign exchange in January, according to Reuters calculations based on central bank data released on Tuesday. The following are historical data for central bank foreign exchange sales/purchases since Jan 2018, based on Reuters calculations. Month Net change Jan 2019 -12.14 Dec 2018...

  • *FX moves have impact on economy, prices- Kuroda. *Adds must weigh the benefits, costs of any further easing. TOKYO, Feb 19- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Tuesday the central bank was ready to ramp up stimulus if sharp yen rises hurt the economy and derail the path towards achieving its 2 percent inflation target.

  • Strategist: Expect more share buybacks from HSBC

    HSBC could embark on another share buyback program of up to $1.5 billion, says Kenny Wen of Everbright Sun Hung Kai.

  • *FX moves have impact on economy, prices- Kuroda. *Adds must weigh the benefits, costs of any further easing. TOKYO, Feb 19- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Tuesday the central bank was ready to ramp up stimulus if sharp yen rises hurt the economy and derail the path towards achieving its 2 percent inflation target.

  • HSBC stock could move from value to growth:

    HSBC is moving in the right direction, and could become a growth stock in the banking sector if its new chief is able to successfully restructure the business, says Hao Hong of the Bank of Communications International.

  • HSBC logo is displayed outside a branch of in the United Kingdom.

    HSBC reported 2018 profit and revenue that came in below expectations following a challenging fourth-quarter.

  • LONDON, Feb 19- Barclays will host more than 100 clinics for small business customers in March to help them to prepare for Britain's exit from the European Union at the end of that month, the bank said on Tuesday. While Britain's banks have so far reported few signs of businesses being unable to repay loans or otherwise struggling as Brexit looms, in recent weeks...

  • *France mandates for 30- year syndication. LONDON, Feb 18- Short-dated Italian government bonds outperformed on Monday, their yields falling the most among euro zone bonds to lead a rally in the periphery, on expectations of more monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank. Coeure's comments on Friday saw euro zone banking shares jump more than 3 percent,...

  • *France mandates for 30- year syndication. LONDON, Feb 18- Short-dated Italian government bonds outperformed on Monday, their yields falling the most among euro zone bonds to lead a rally in the periphery, on expectations of further monetary easing from the European Central Bank. Coeure's comments on Friday saw euro zone banking shares jump over 3 percent, the...

  • U.S. hedge fund Tiger Global Management has sold all of its stake in British bank Barclays, according to a report by the Financial Times.

  • Singapore's DBS is Southeast Asia's largest bank.

    Asia is still projected to grow at 5.5 percent to 6 percent this year despite the overall softer global environment, said Piyush Gupta, CEO of Singapore's DBS Group Holdings.

  • Singapore banks to face a 'challenging environment' in 2019:

    Steven Cochrane of Moody’s Analytics says there is going to be pressure on net interest margins for banks in Singapore and around the world.

  • *Japan must ramp up fiscal spending with BOJ help- ex-BOJ depgov. *Japan must ditch sales tax hike, take steps to boost consumption. TOKYO, Feb 18- Japan must ramp up fiscal spending with debt bank-rolled by the central bank, the Bank of Japan's former deputy governor Kikuo Iwata said, a controversial proposal that highlights the BOJ's challenge as it tries to...

  • Customers stand at counters inside the DBS Group Holdings Ltd. flagship bank branch in Singapore, on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.

    DBS Group Holdings, Singapore's biggest lender, reported an eight percent rise in quarterly profit that came in line with market expectations, powered by a robust increase in its net interest margin.

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 16- China should encourage its banks to support smaller, private firms in the real economy, rather than forced lending or policies such as quantitative easing, a state newspaper quoted a central bank official as saying on Saturday. "The central bank doesn't wish to use administrative methods to require banks," Sun Guofeng, head of the monetary policy...

  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 NEW YORK, United States- Riksbank Governor Stefan Ingves will talk about the economic situation and current monetary policy during a visit to New York- 1730 GMT. TOKYO- Philippines Central Bank Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo speaks at a seminar in Tokyo- 0700 GMT. NEWARK, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- Foreign investors sold a record amount of U.S. Treasury bonds and notes for the month of December, according to U.S. Treasury Department data released on Friday, amid wide perceptions that month that the Federal Reserve would still raise interest rates multiple times in 2019.. "I think in December there was still a lot of talk that the Fed would still...

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala./ SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 15- When the Federal Reserve last month adopted a new "patient" approach to monetary policy, it gave no specific guidance about how long its policy pause would last, or how many more interest-rate increases, if any, were in the offing. But the projections delivered this week- for one rate hike this year from both Atlanta Federal...

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