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     BEIJING (MNI) - The People's Bank of China set the yuan central parity rate
against the U.S. dollar at 6.6282 Friday, stronger than Thursday's 6.6325. PBOC
has set the fixing stronger in two out of five trading days this week.
                      USD-CNY  EUR-CNY  JPY-CNY
-----------------------------------------------
Today's fixing         6.6282   7.7193   5.8484
Prev. fixing           6.6325   7.6884   5.8243
Prev. official close   6.6391       --       --
%Chg y/y                +2.02    -3.92    +9.85
%Chg since Jan. 1       +4.68    -5.73    +1.40
%Chg since July '05    +24.86       --       --
     The People's Bank of China started setting a daily central parity rate on
Jan. 4, 2007.
     On July 21, 2005, China freed the yuan from its longstanding peg to the
dollar in favor of a managed float with reference to a basket of currencies.
     Starting March 17, 2014, the yuan was allowed to move 2% on either side of
the daily fixing against the dollar.
--MNI Beijing Bureau; tel: +86 (10) 8532-5998; email: beijing@mni-news.com
[TOPICS: MTABLE,M$A$$$,M$Q$$$,MN$FX$]