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POLONIA Rate rises 0.01 pp.

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

WARSAW, Apr 18 (Reuters) - POLONIA the reference rate for Overnight deposits amounted to 2.54 percent.

The volume of transactions concluded till 16:30 by banks participating in POLONIA fixing amounted to 5,225 mln PLN.

Turkish central bank sells $50 mln in forex auction, bids $93 mln

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

ISTANBUL, April 18 (Reuters) - Turkey's central bank sold $50 million in a forex auction on Friday after receiving bids of $93 million, bank data showed CBTQ .

The average price was 2.1289 lira and the lowest price was 2.1282, it said.

Turkish central bank opens $50 mln forex-selling auction

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

ISTANBUL, April 18 (Reuters) - Turkey's central bank opened a forex-selling auction on Friday with a volume of $50 million, bank data showed CBTQ .

(Writing by Ece Toksabay)

Bank of Italy says "essential" to fight too low euro zone inflation

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

ROME, April 18 (Reuters) - Italy's central bank said on Friday it was essential that the European Central Bank ensures that inflation does not remain too low for too long in the euro zone.

Euro zone inflation fell to 0.5 percent in March, data showed this week, its lowest since November 2009 and far below the European Central Bank's 2 percent ceiling.

Indian bank loans up 13.8 pct y/y in 2 weeks to April 4 - cbank

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

April 18 (Reuters) - Indian banks' loans INLOAN=ECI rose 13.8 percent in the two weeks to April 4 from a year earlier, while deposits INDEP=ECI grew 15 percent, the Reserve Bank of India's weekly statistical supplement showed on Friday.

Outstanding loans rose 737.9 billion rupees to 60.87 trillion rupees in the two weeks to April 4. Non-food credit rose 826.6 billion rupees to 59.97 trillion rupees, while food credit fell 88.6 billion rupees to 896.1 billion rupees.

CEE MARKETS 2-Currencies firm on Geneva deal, Ukraine still a risk

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

(Adds bonds, new comment and prices)

* Currencies firm, Hungarian bonds steady

Turkish assets mixed, stocks up on Ukraine optimism

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

ISTANBUL, April 18 (Reuters) - The Turkish lira eased on Friday in low volumes as the Easter holiday got under way in much of Europe, while stocks were boosted by major powers moving to end tensions in Ukraine.

The lira firmed on Thursday after the Turkish central bank dismissed speculation that two senior policymakers would resign. By 0657 GMT, the lira TRYTOM=D3 had eased to 2.1304 against the dollar from 2.1229 late on Thursday.

The robot is ready - so when will deep sea mining start?

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

* Most potential subsea minerals in international waters

* U.N. body expects mining code in 2-3 years

Taiwan regulator plans to penalise bank over derivative sales

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

TAIPEI, April 18 (Reuters) - Taiwan's financial regulator plans to punish a local bank for aggressively pushing complex foreign currency derivatives on companies, as complaints about losses rise amid the Chinese yuan's recent sharp fall.

Chairman William Tseng of the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) did not name the lender in a legislative session on Thursday, but said it had misled clients into over-investing in risky foreign currency derivatives.

South Korean stocks rise to set 5th weekly gain

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

(For the midday report, please click ID:nL3N0NA0K6 )

SEOUL, April 18 (Reuters) - Seoul shares rose on Friday to extend gains into a fifth week as improving confidence in the global economy and easing concerns about corporate earnings lifted investor appetite for risk.

DIARY- Turkey - to Aug 30

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

(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 18/4 1130/1430 Expectations survey March 7.92% 21/4 1430/1730 Debt stock March 600.0b 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

Turkey - Factors to Watch on April 18

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

ISTANBUL, April 18 (Reuters) - Here are news, reports and events that may affect Turkish financial markets on Friday.

The lira TRYTOM=D3 slightly eased to 2.1270 to the dollar in early trade from 2.1229 late on Thursday.

FOREX-Yen at 10-day low vs dollar after U.S. data, Ukraine talks

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

* Safe-haven bids on yen unwound on hopes for Ukraine initiative

* U.S jobless claims, Philadelphia Fed survey point to upswing

Vietnam domestic market commodity prices-April 18

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

April 18 (Reuters) - Following are domestic prices of Vietnam's key commodities.

Unit: million dong VND= per tonne.

UPDATE 1-IMF adds pressure on South Korea to let won rise

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

(Recasts throughout with more details)

By Choonsik Yoo

IMF sees South Korea's won undervalued by as much as 8 pct

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

SEOUL, April 18 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund said South Korea's won KRW= was estimated to be undervalued by as much as 8 percent, as the country has "tended to be" more active intervening against the won's appreciation.

It also said in a report dated April 17 that South Korea's current account surplus was estimated be around 3 percent to 4 percent above average. It added that a further appreciation of the won would help support the rebalancing of the country's economy.

FOREX-Yen at 10-day low vs dlr after Ukraine talks, U.S. data

April 18, 2014 - reuters.com

* Safe-haven bids on yen unwound on hopes for Ukraine initiative

* U.S jobless claims, Philadelphia Fed survey point to upswing

EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil markets gain as Rousseff drops in election poll

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 17 (Reuters) - Brazilian financial markets rallied late on Thursday on hopes that President Dilma Rousseff would lose support in an opinion poll, increasing the chances of a more market-friendly government in 2015.

Brazil's Bovespa stock index .BVSP closed 1.8 percent higher while the real BRL= BRBY erased early losses to rise 0.2 percent as investors bet Rousseff would lose ground in the run up for the country's presidential elections in October.

Chile cenbank holds key rate, says future cuts still in the cards

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

SANTIAGO, April 17 (Reuters) - Chile's central bank took a break from its easing cycle to keep its key interest rate

CLINTR=ECI on hold at 4 percent on Thursday, as expected following a recent bump in inflation and somewhat stronger-than-expected growth. ID:nL2N0N90UZ

BRIEF-Fitch rates New Jersey economic development authority's $1.085 bln bonds 'A+'

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

April 17 (Reuters) - Fitch:

* Rpt - Fitch rates New Jersey economic development authority's $1.085 billion

PRECIOUS-Platinum drops as S.African wage offer eases supply fears

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

* S.African miners offer to raise wage, seek to end strike

* Gold seen vulnerable for more losses below $1,300

FOREX-Yen slips with Ukraine worries; pound hits 4-1/2-year high

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

* Signs of diplomacy seen to ending violence in Ukraine

* Yellen stresses need for interest rates to stay low

Peru's gold output seen flat or falling again this year

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

By Teresa Cespedes

LIMA, April 17 (Reuters) - Gold production in Peru, the world's sixth biggest exporter of the precious metal, will likely either plateau or dip slightly this year compared with 2013, mining companies, analysts and the government said.

Platinum falls 1 pct on S.African mining strike settlement offer

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

April 17 (Reuters) - Platinum prices fell 1 percent to their lowest in two weeks on Thursday after South Africa's biggest platinum producers offered to raise wages for some miners to settle a three-month old strike. ID:nFWN0N6020

Spot platinum XPT= was down 1.1 percent at $1,416.50 an ounce by 1:10 p.m. (1710 GMT)

BRIEF-Amplats, Implats table wage settlement offer to striking AMCU union

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

April 17 (Reuters) - Anglo American Platinum Ltd AMSJ.J and Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd IMPJ.J :

* Platinum producers table settlement offer to AMCU

BRIEF-Sibanye Gold expects H1 EPS to be at least 20 pct higher

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

April 17 (Reuters) - Sibanye Gold Ltd SGLJ.J -

* EPS for six months ending 30 June 2014 are likely to be at least 20 pct higher than for comparative period in 2013

RPT-GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. shares seen opening lower as tech giants stumble

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

(Repeats to fix technical glitch)

* European shares, U.S. futures dip

GLOBAL MARKETS-Google, IBM cast shadow

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

* European stocks dip, dollar weakens

* Earnings depress Google, IBM in after-hours trade

COLUMN-More commodities being used for China financing, risks rising: Clyde Russell

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

--Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own.--

By Clyde Russell

MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - April 17

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

DUBAI, April 17 (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.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

India Morning Call-Global Markets

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

EQUITIES

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks rose 1 percent on Wednesday, advancing for a third straight session as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reaffirmed the central bank's commitment to keeping interest rates low and Yahoo rallied.

India Morning Call-Global Markets

April 17, 2014 - reuters.com

EQUITIES

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks rose 1 percent on Wednesday, advancing for a third straight session as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reaffirmed the central bank's commitment to keeping interest rates low and Yahoo rallied.

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