The yen rose against the dollar and euro as concern the rate of global economic growth is slowing spurred demand for safer assets as the nation approaches its fiscal year end.
The Japanese currency strengthened against the majority its 16 major counterparts amid speculation Japanese companies will repatriate overseas earnings before the end of the fiscal year on March 31. The dollar strengthened earlier after a report showed U.S. factory orders trailed forecasts and the United Kingdom revised first-quarter growth downward. The 17-nation euro erased losses against the dollar after a draft statement from European finance ministers showed governments are preparing to increase rescue funds.
Gold hits 3-1/2 week high
Gold hit a 3-1/2 week high on Thursday and silver rose nearly 3 percent as escalating tensions in the Middle East knocked stocks and the dollar and drove investors into assets viewed as lower risk, s
$67m compensation for Almarai
Saudi Arabia's Almarai, the Gulf's largest dairy company, received 250 million riyals ($66.7m) from an insurer in compensation for a fire at one of its bakeries, it said yesterday.
$205m raised from sukuk by HSBC unit
The Malaysian Islamic banking arm of HSBC Holdings has raised 750 million ringgit ($205m) from the sale of five-year Islamic bonds (sukuk) at a yield of 4.24 per cent, IFR reported yesterday.