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The dollar appreciated 0.63% to 97.45 largely driven by resilient economic data which includes December’s The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) coming in better than expected, accelerating to a four-month high of 55.0 from 53.9 in November (cons: 54.5) supported by higher production and inventories, and rising optimism over a potential trade resolution.

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THE dollar appreciated by 0.36% to 97.631 following a confluence of factors such as the dovish ECB meeting; higher demand for safe-haven assets as optimism in the US-China trade talks was offset by another round of Brexit saga; and better-than-expected flash PMI data with the October Markit manufacturing PMI preliminary estimate rising to 51.5 points from 51.1 points in September and beating market expectation of 50.7.

Ailing ringgit bonds await lifeline from Malaysia policy review

KUALA LUMPUR: The case is growing for Bank Negara Malaysia to bolster the economy with another interest-rate cut -- and to provide some much-needed encouragement for inflows to the ringgit bond market.

Treasury 10-year yield slides below 2% to lead global decline

SINGAPORE: Treasuries led a global bond rally, with 10-year yields dropping below 2% for the first time since November 2016 as expectations grow that major central banks will ease policy.

US$ on defensive after Fed signals readiness to cut rates

TOKYO: The dollar was on the defensive on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signalled it was ready to lower interest rates to combat growing global and domestic risks.

Global stocks, Wall St dip as Fed meeting looms

NEW YORK: U.S. stocks ended nominally lower on Friday as investors awaited next week's Federal Reserve meeting for signs of imminent easing, while the U.S.-Iran confrontation in the Gulf of Oman added to geopolitical uncertainty, sending oil prices higher.

All eyes on Fed as stock market pines for rate cut

NEW YORK: The Federal Open Market Committee meeting next week is shaping up as a pivotal one for Wall Street, with stocks primed for a selloff should the Fed fail to take an even more dovish tilt after policymakers raised expectations for a rate cut in recent weeks.