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Sri Lanka, IMF agree on $1.5B bailout to avert balance of payments crisis

The IMF has reached agreement with the Sri Lankan government for a $1.5 billion bailout to help the island nation avert a balance of payments crisis.

Source: Reuters

Dollar set for worst week against yen since 2008

The yen built further on Friday on a round of strong gains since the Bank of Japan meeting, moving to an 18-month high against the dollar.

Source: Reuters

Bulgarian euro counterfeiters busted by authorities

Law enforcers have successfully taken down an illegal counterfeit operation printing out 100 euro notes in Bulgaria.

Source: CNBC.com

Chicago PMI misses

CNBC's Rick Santelli reports April shows Chicago PMI at 50.4, and discusses the latest action in the bond market and the U.S. dollar.

Source: CNBC.com

UPDATE 1-China forex regulator eases restrictions on bank FX positions

BEIJING, April 29- China's foreign exchange regulator said on Friday it will allow banks to issue more FX-related products for risk-hedging purposes. That includes allowing banks to hold bigger short-dollar positions at the end of the day, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said in a statement on its website. The adjustment comes as the yuan remains...

Source: Reuters

China to increase FX supply - regulator

BEIJING, April 29- China's foreign exchange regulator said on Friday it will increase FX supply and allow banks to issue more FX-related products for risk-hedging purposes.

Source: Reuters

Expect Russian central bank to hold rates: Pro

Peter Kinsella, head of EM economic & EM FX research at Commerzbank, looks at the Russian central bank and how the oil price and sanctions impact their future decisions.

Source: CNBC.com

China QFII quota rises to $80.996 bln at end-April - FX regulator

BEIJING, April 29- The outstanding amount of China's dollar-denominated Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor programme stood at $80.996 billion as of April 29, from $80.95 billion at the end of March, the foreign exchange regulator said on Friday.

Source: Reuters

China’s yuan fixing by PBOC jumps most since 2005

China's central bank guided the yuan higher at the sharpest pace since 2005 on Friday in a move analysts attributed to the dollar's weakness against major currencies.

Source: CNBC.com

Dollar nurses losses against yen after BOJ holds policy steady

The dollar pared losses against the yen, but was still on track to notch its biggest daily loss against the Japanese currency in eight months.

Source: Reuters