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US stocks were little changed on Monday after a decisive Greek election victory by the leftist Syriza party spurred concern over fresh instability in the euro zone, even as the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was considered remote. The Syriza party looked set to take on Greece's international lenders, with leader Alexis Tsipras pledging to end five years of austerity and renegotiate Greece's debt agreements. Potential conflicts with other euro zone governments could put more strain on the currency bloc.

Japanese stocks dropped on Monday as an anti-austerity party won Greece's general election, sparking fears of fresh instability in the euro zone and dampening investor risk appetite. In the thinnest trade since January 5, the Nikkei benchmark closed down 0.3 percent at 17,468.52. Investors said that expectations of strong corporate earnings helped the Nikkei recover most of its early losses.
Britain's top share index closed at a fresh four-month high on Monday, helped by a rebound in energy shares, although hefty falls in Greece-exposed Coca-Cola HBC capped gains. Heavyweight oil & gas majors BP, BG and Shell rebounded sharply in the afternoon after the secretary-general of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), Abdullah al-Badri, said he thought crude prices may have reached their bottom.
Greek stocks fell in volatile trade on Monday after anti-austerity party Syriza swept to victory in Sunday's election, while other European equities kept rising on the promise of European Central Bank bond-buying. Athens's ATG index fell 3.2 percent, led lower by a slump in banks such as Piraeus Bank, down 17.6 percent, and Alpha Bank, down 11.6 percent, as investors fretted about a possible stand-off with Greece's EU/IMF lenders and possible implications for liquidity and depositor confidence in the sector.
Sri Lankan shares recovered on Monday from a one-month closing low hit in the previous session, but trading volume fell to a four-week low as investors awaited direction from the monetary policy and supplementary budget later this week. The main stock index ended 0.54 percent or 39.45 points up, at 7,316.08, edging up from its lowest close since December 24 hit on Friday.
Taiwan stocks were flat on Monday, slightly better than most regional bourses, after the Greek election threw the future of Europe's austerity policies into question. As of 0146 GMT, the main TAIEX index fell 4 points to 9467.73, after closing up 1 percent on Friday. A leftist anti-austerity party won Greek elections Sunday, injecting uncertainty into the direction of the world's largest economic bloc. Taiwan electronics stocks were up 0.12 percent but semiconductors fell 0.14 percent and construction ones by 0.6 percent.
China stocks edged up on Monday, with airlines advancing sharply, but broader gains were capped by selling of financials. The CSI300 index rose 36.25 points, or 1.01 percent, to 3,607.9846, while the Shanghai Composite Index which tracks all the stocks on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, gained 32.18 points, or 0.96 percent, to 3,383.9444.
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Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.70 0.03
Arrow Nasdaq 4,771.76 0.29
Arrow S&P 2,057.09 0.26
Arrow FTSE 6,852.40 0.29
Arrow DAX 10,798.33 1.40
Arrow CAC-40 4,675.13 0.74
Arrow Nikkei 17,468.52 0.25
Arrow H.Seng 24,909.90 0.24
Arrow Sensex 29,278.84 0.94

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln