A trader counts Pakistani rupee notes at a currency exchange booth in Peshawar, Pakistan. Reuters
Mexico’s central bank (CB) has hinted that further monetary policy easing could be on the way. The bank cut its key lending rate on Thursday for the first time since June 2014, citing slowing inflation and increasing slack in the economy.
The National Bank of Hungary’s (NBH) closely watched gauge of lasting price developments, tax-adjusted core inflation, will peak at 3.8% in the fourth quarter and decline from the end of 2019, the bank said in its quarterly inflation report.
Australia’s strong economic performance of recent decades has allowed its central bank to avoid the kinds of unorthodox policies seen in other countries, but record low rates mean less conventional measures may be needed to tackle new challenges.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 1.0 per cent, in the eurozone, Frankfurt won 0.9 per cent and Paris climbed 0.8 per cent.
Spot gold was up 0.8% at $2,033.86 per ounce by 0655 GMT, after hitting a record high of $2,036.49. US gold futures rose 1.4% to $2,049.30.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.26 per cent, or 58.81 points, to end at 22,514.85, while the broader Topix index inched down 0.04 per cent, or 0.55 points, to 1,554.71.
Brent crude was up by 31 cents, or 0.7%, at $44.74 a barrel by 0713 GMT. The contract rose 0.6% on Wednesday to its highest close since March 6. West Texas Intermediate oil was up by 26 cents, or 0.6%, at $41.96 a barrel. The contract ended Tuesday trading 1.7% higher, its highest close since late July.