Le Pen is expected to win in the first round, in April, and investors are concerned about her anti-euro stance, among other factors.
The People's Bank of China sets the yuan's midpoint to the US dollar based on the previous day's 4:30 pm closing price, while also taking into account changes in its trade-weighted basket.
Both countries can cooperate in developing and introduction of climate smart fishing techniques to increase the export of marine products.
The pound has been stuck in a 3-cent range for a month absent dramatic developments in the government's move towards launching Brexit talks next month.
The dollar has struggled since Donald Trump's election, due at least in part to concerns over his protectionist views and signs he may favour a weaker currency.
The 46 billion yuan (USD 6.7 billion) plant proposed by aluminum producer Zhongwang Holdings would create more than 30,000 jobs.
. Consumer prices increased by 1.8 percent compared with a year earlier, picking up from 1.6 percent in December, and prices paid by factories jumped by more than 20 percent
Shandong Wonfull Petrochemical Group bought about 2 million barrels of Urals crude for delivery in February and May, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
Toshiba shares slumped 2.0 percent as investors wait on its earnings at 0300 GMT.
The yuan opened at 6.8910 per dollar and was changing hands at 6.8849 at midday, 74 pips weaker than the previous late session close but 0.07 percent firmer than the midpoint.
Greenpeace estimated there was a net capacity increase of 36.5 million tonnes in 2016.
The euro was down 0.1 percent at $1.0678, edging back towards a one-week low of $1.0640 reached on Wednesday on heightened European political woes.
Traders said a stronger dollar quickly attracted companies to sell their holdings of the currency.
The dollar fell 0.2 percent against 112.20 yen in Asian trade, after edging up to 112.54 yen earlier while investors awaited a meeting between U.S.-Japan leaders.
In order to "keep liquidity basically stable in the banking system", the central bank decided to skip the reverse repurchase agreement operations on Tuesday
Goldman had taken the unusual step of counter-suing the retail-to-property businessman - Benny Tjokrosaputro - in a Jakarta court claiming reputational damage
Traders said that investors have become risk averse, with global shares falling overnight on political and economic uncertainties, while a fall in oil prices soured the mood.
An Ipsos Mori survey of more than 100 of the country's top 500 firms found that 58 percent felt the vote to leave had taken a toll
New Zealand markets are closed for a public holiday. On Friday, the benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index edged up 0.6 percent to 7,094.38.
The dollar index dropped 0.2 percent to 99.688 , moving back toward last Thursday's low of 99.233, which was its weakest since mid-November.
Philippines moved up half a percent, led by industrials and real estate.
As capitalist-style markets have grown more important in North Korea, so has a market-friendly exchange rate for the much-coveted US dollars, euros and Chinese yuan that lubricate the North's economy.
In December, foreigners raised their holdings of Chinese treasury bonds by 6.9 billion yuan, and their holdings at the end of 2016 were 70 percent higher than at end-2015.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets US President Donald Trump on February 10 and 11, with trade and currencies likely to be on the agenda.
The prolonged slump in the once-flourishing retail industry may be bottoming out, but analysts say it is too early to call for a recovery yet as store closures and lay-offs continue
Germany's flagship lender posted a net loss of 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) in the final quarter of 2016 as legal costs for past misdeeds weighed heavily on results
Worries over the broader shape of policy under the new president - and hints of his desire for a weaker dollar - have turned back many of the large bets taken on the currency last year
Japanese officials have rejected US President Donald Trump's suggestion that Tokyo is seeking to weaken the yen against the US dollar to gain a trade advantage.
Asian shares slipped on Tuesday as stringent curbs on travel to the United States ordered by President Donald Trump brought home to investors that he is serious about carrying out his controversial campaign pledges. Global stocks posted their biggest loss in six weeks on Monday after Trump signed an executive order to bar Syrian refugees […]
President Trump's executive order has placed a ban on travel to the US by citizens seven countries has raised uncertainty for airlines and high-tech industries that employ many foreign-born workers.
The executive order led to the detention and deportation of hundreds of people arriving at US airports, huge protests in many US cities and a raft of legal challenges amid confusion over its implementation.
With profit from its core wealth management business under pressure, the bank pointed to growing investor confidence in the US towards the end of 2016 as a sign clients could be ready to get off the sidelines and back into the market
As the market resumed trading after the Australia Day holiday, investors played catch-up after the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 20,000 points for the first time on Wednesday.
The peso, which fell to multiple record lows after Trump's November 8 election, was the best-performing currency on Wednesday among the 36 most-traded in the world.
The Bank of Korea said that GDP expanded 0.4 per cent during the October to December period, compared to the previous three months when it grew 0.6 per cent.
Locally, Australian consumer prices rose by less than expected last quarter while annual core inflation stayed stuck at an all-time low.