Reuters Infos

Turkish March foreign visitors rise 0.6 pct - tourism ministry

April 24, 2014 -

ISTANBUL, April 24 (Reuters) - The number of foreign visitors to Turkey rose 0.6 percent year-on-year in March to 1.85 million people, Tourism Ministry data showed on Thursday.

Last year, the number of foreign visitors to Turkey rose 9.84 percent to 34.91 million.

Barclays says "significant" drop in Q1 fixed income

April 24, 2014 -

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - Barclays Plc BARC.L said its investment bank had seen a "significant" fall in income in its key fixed income business in the first quarter, continuing a slump seen across the industry last year.

Barclays said it will report a "small reduction" in adjusted pretax profit for the first quarter compared to a year ago, as improvements in costs partially offsets the drop in investment bank profits. Barclays will report its first quarter results on May 6.

Ifo surprises with rise as German business strong despite Ukraine

April 24, 2014 -

BERLIN, April 24 (Reuters) - German business sentiment confounded expectations with a surprise rise in April, signalling that Europe's largest economy is shrugging off tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine.

The Munich-based Ifo think tank's business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, increased to 111.2 from an unrevised 110.7 in March. Expectations in a Reuters poll of 40 economists had been for a fall to 110.5.

Spanish, Italian bond yields tick higher before debt sales

April 24, 2014 -

By Marius Zaharia

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - Spanish and Italian bonds edged up from their lowest levels in more than eight years on Thursday before chunky debt sales by the two countries that should help them complete about 40 percent of their funding programmes for this year.

UPDATE 1-African Barrick makes progress on costs, shares rise

April 24, 2014 -

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April 24 (Reuters) - African Barrick Gold Plc ABGL.L said revenue and core earnings fell in the first quarter as an 18 percent rise in production failed to make up for a 19 percent drop in realised gold prices.

PRECIOUS-Gold edges up, but holds near 2-1/2-mth low as equities rally

April 24, 2014 -

* Gold to rebound to $1,298-technicals ID:nL3N0NG0D5

* Coming Up: U.S. Weekly jobless claims; 1230 GMT

Swiss exports edge up in March as imports dip

April 24, 2014 -

ZURICH, April 24 (Reuters) - Swiss exports edged up year-on-year in March driven by strong sales of pharmaceuticals and chemicals, data showed on Thursday, reflecting an economic outlook that, while still favourable, has deteriorated slightly.

Adjusted for an extra working day, exports were up a real 0.1 percent while imports fell 5.6 percent, the Federal Customs Office said.

Hungary cbank may use 1-2 bln euros of reserves for debt refinancing

April 24, 2014 -

BUDAPEST, April 24 (Reuters) - Hungary's central bank may use 1-2 billion euros worth of its foreign currency reserves under a new programme announced on Thursday to boost reliance of domestic sources of debt financing, Deputy Governor Adam Balog said.

The central bank also expects a transformation of its two-week bill facility into a two-week deposit from August to channel up to 600-1,000 billion forints worth of liquidity out of this instrument.

China's FX regulator sees increasing volatility in capital flows

April 24, 2014 -

BEIJING, April 24 (Reuters) - China's slowing economic growth and U.S. monetary tapering will lead to increasing fluctuations in cross-border capital flows, the country's foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday.

Capital flows into China picked up last year, but may reverse this year, as economic growth loses momentum and the yuan currency continues to depreciate.

Russia's Polyus Gold Q1 sales down 15 pct y-on-y

April 24, 2014 -

MOSCOW, April 24 (Reuters) - Russia's top gold miner Polyus Gold PGIL.L said on Thursday its sales fell 15 percent, year-on-year, to $447 million during the first three months of the year and reconfirmed its output guidance for 2014.

Polyus, controlled by businessman Suleiman Kerimov, said it produced 331,000 troy ounces of gold in the first quarter compared with 321,000 in the same period of the previous year.

BRIEF-Amplats sees full-year production falling to 2.1 moz

April 24, 2014 -

April 24 (Reuters) - Anglo American Platinum Ltd AMSJ.J :

* 185 koz of platinum production has been lost as a result of strike

African Barrick Gold core earnings, revenue fall on lower prices

April 24, 2014 -

April 24 (Reuters) - Miner African Barrick Gold ABGL.L said revenue and core earnings for the first quarter fell as it realised lower prices for the yellow metal during the period.

African Barrick, whose primary producing mines are located in Tanzania, said core earnings or earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the quarter ended March 31 fell 21 percent to $64.7 million. ID:nPRrO8118a

Centamin says new Egypt law could see claim against it dismissed

April 24, 2014 -

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - Egypt-focused gold miner Centamin CEY.L said a new law which came into effect in the country on Wednesday could result in a legal case against it being dismissed.

The company in 2012 launched an appeal against a court ruling questioning its right to operate Sukari, its only producing mine.

BRIEF-African Barrick expects first ore from Bulyanhulu mine in 2014

April 24, 2014 -

April 24 (Reuters) - African Barrick Gold Plc ABGL.L

* Approval of acceleration of Bulyanhulu upper east zone

BRIEF-Sibanye Gold says Q1 gold production rises 11 pct

April 24, 2014 -

April 24 (Reuters) - Sibanye Gold Ltd SGLJ.J

* Gold production 11% higher than in March 2013 quarter, at 10,338kg (332,400oz)

BRIEF-African Barrick Q1 core earnings fall

April 24, 2014 -

April 24 (Reuters) - ABGL.L

* African barrick gold plc - q1 gold production of 168,375 ounces 18% higher than q1 2013

Seoul stocks edge lower on Hyundai earnings

April 24, 2014 -

(For the midday report, please click ID:nL3N0NG0RF )

SEOUL, April 24 (Reuters) - South Korean shares ended marginally lower on Thursday, dragged down by heavyweight Hyundai Motor Co 005380.KS , which fell towards the end of the session after announcing first-quarter profit that missed market expectations.

DIARY- Turkey - to Aug 30

April 24, 2014 -

(All times are provisional and in GMT. For local time, add three hours. This diary is updated every day, and new listings or amendments are marked "*".)

KEY INDICATORS DATE GMT/LOCAL INDICATOR PERIOD PRIOR 24/4 1100/1400 Interest rates April 10.00% 24/3 0800/1100 Foreign visitors March +6.6% 24/3 1130/1430 Capacity usage April 73.1% 24/3 1130/1430 Manufacturing conf April 108.6 30/4 0700/1000 Trade balance March -$5.1b 1/5 0730/1030 TIM Exports April $13.14b 5/5 0700/1000 CPI m/m April 1.13% 5/5 0700/1000 CPI y/y April 8.39% 5/5 0700/1000 PPI m/m April 0.74% 5/5 0700/1000 PPI y/y April 12.31% 8/5 1430/1730 Treasury cash balance April -4.64b 8/5 0700/1000 Industrial production March +4.9% 13/5 0700/1000 Current account March -3.19b 15/5 0700/1000 Unemployment February 10.1% 15/5 0800/1100 Budget balance April -5.1b 20/5 1430/1730 Debt stock April 598.2b

South African Markets - Factors to watch on April 24

April 24, 2014 -

The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect South African markets on Thursday.


FOREX -Kiwi rallies on hawkish RBNZ, euro eyes ECB speech

April 24, 2014 -

* Kiwi rallies after RBNZ signals more rate hikes ahead

* Euro awaits speech by head of ECB

Turkey - Factors to Watch on April 24

April 24, 2014 -

ISTANBUL, April 24 (Reuters) - Here are news, reports and events that may affect Turkish financial markets on Thursday.

The lira TRYTOM=D3 traded at 2.1510 against the dollar at 0532 GMT, easing from 2.1425 late on Tuesday. Wednesday was a public holiday.

Suez Env Q1 core earnings down 2.2 pct on exchange rate impact

April 24, 2014 -

PARIS, April 24 (Reuters) - French environmental services firm Suez Environnement SEVI.PA said on Thursday core earnings fell 2.2 percent on a gross basis and rose 3.2 percent on an organic basis, in part because of the negative impact of exchange rates.

Suez's core earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell to 552 million euros from an adjusted 564 million in the first quarter of 2013. Revenue fell to 3.35 billion euros from an adjusted 3.42 billion.

Schneider posts 7.7 pct rise in Q1 sales, confirms 2014 targets

April 24, 2014 -

PARIS, April 24 (Reuters) - Electrical gear maker Schneider Electric SCHN.PA reported a 7.7 percent rise in first-quarter sales on Thursday, as business in Western Europe improved sequentially and continued to grow in the double digits in emerging markets.

Quarterly sales rose to 5.67 billion euros ($7.84 billion), up 2.5 percent on an organic basis.

MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - April 24

April 24, 2014 -

DUBAI, April 24 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Thursday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.


RPT-UPDATE 2 -NZ central bank raises rates, kiwi jumps as more tightening seen

April 24, 2014 -

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* RBNZ raises OCR by 25 bps to 3.0 pct as expected

RPT-Up to quarter of LME electronic trading volume comes from Asia -LME CEO

April 24, 2014 -

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HONG KONG, April 24 (Reuters) - Up to a quarter of electronic trading volume on the London Metal Exchange comes from Asia-based participants, LME Chief Executive Garry Jones said on Thursday.

Hawkish RBNZ spurs kiwi rally, Aussie underperforms

April 24, 2014 -

* Kiwi hits one-week high vs USD, up across the board

* RBNZ hikes rates, flags more tightening ahead

Peru central bank president irked by finance minister's jabs

April 24, 2014 -

By Teresa Cespedes

LIMA, April 23 (Reuters) - Peru's central bank chief said Wednesday that the finance minister was wrong to criticize the monetary authority's handling of the local currency, in a rare display of tensions between the country's top economic managers.

Barrick-Newmont make merger headway but divide remains -sources

April 24, 2014 -

By Euan Rocha, Nicole Mordant and Soyoung Kim

April 23 (Reuters) - The disagreements around the spin-out of certain assets that had snagged merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp ABX.TO and its rival, Newmont Mining Corp NEM.N , have been resolved but talks are at a standstill for now, said three sources familiar with the matter on Wednesday.

FOREX-Kiwi flies on hawkish RBNZ, euro eyes ECB speech

April 23, 2014 -

* Kiwi rallies after RBNZ signals more rate hikes ahead

* Other major currencies remain stubbornly subdued

BRIEF-Goldcorp says final offer for Osisko expires

April 23, 2014 -

April 23 (Reuters) - Goldcorp Inc G.TO :

* Goldcorp's final offer for Osisko expires

Endeavour Mining finds new gold reserves in Mali

April 23, 2014 -

BAMAKO, April 23 (Reuters) - Canada-based Endeavour Mining

EDV.TO has discovered an additional 500,000 ounces of gold reserves in Mali, next to its existing Tabakoto mine, a director of the firm told Reuters.

Barrick-Newmont tie-up could create new top flight Australia gold producer

April 23, 2014 -

* Newcrest could face top-tier local rival if Barrick, Newmont unite

* Speculation merged company will spin off Asia-Pacific assets

RPT-E-trading pulls gold into forex units as commodity desks shrink

April 23, 2014 -

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* Banks retreat from commodities operations

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