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US stocks rose modestly on Friday after late news of merger talks in the semiconductor space boosted the technology sector and helped major indexes snap a four-day losing streak. The Wall Street Journal reported chipmaker Intel Corp is in talks to buy rival Altera Corp, citing people familiar with the matter, sending the PHLX semiconductor index up 2.8 percent.

Undaunted by Britain's deepest political uncertainty in a generation, stock investors are opting for firms active in the domestic economy over London-listed international groups.
China's Hanergy Thin Film Power Group has seen a rise in demand for loaned stock from short-sellers over the past six months, data shows, indicating some investors doubt its five-fold share surge can sustain. Its shares are now the third-most shorted on the Hong Kong bourse, with nearly all of its stock - or about 4 percent of the free float - eligible for stock-lending out on loan, according to financial data firm Markit as of March 6.
South African stocks snapped a two-day losing streak on Friday as shares in cement maker PPC Ltd rose when the firm announced the end of merger talks with a rival firm. Shares South Africa's biggest cement maker rose 5.7 percent after the firm which began talks with unlisted rival Afrisam Group last year cancelled the negotiations after saying it was not satisfied with the merits of the merger.
Black empowerment in South Africa is not just a struggle for jobs, land, houses and education, share-ownership is now at the centre of a fierce debate over who owns what on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Fund managers and foreign investors are bailing out of Indonesian stocks as worries grow that a perfect storm of a sliding rupiah, record levels of foreign debt and rising import costs could bring some businesses to their knees.
The Argentine securities regulator said on Friday Citibank Argentina had violated local laws in striking a deal with litigating US hedge funds and suspended the bank from conducting capital market operations. Under the accord, Citibank agreed not to appeal a US court ruling that interest payments on Argentina's restructured local law bonds could not be processed if the bank was allowed to make two one-off payments to help it exit its local custody business.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.23 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 4,863.36 0.27
Arrow S&P 2,056.15 0.24
Arrow FTSE 6,895.33 1.37
Arrow DAX 11,843.66 0.18
Arrow CAC-40 5,006.35 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 19,471.12 1.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,497.08 0.13
Arrow Sensex 27,457.58 2.33

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
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