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US stocks closed higher on Friday, with major indexes notching a fifth straight weekly advance after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate and its eurozone peer announced asset purchases in efforts to boost each region's economy. The gains were broad on a day when both the Dow and S&P 500 ended at closing records.

Japanese retail investors' interest in domestic stocks has risen even as they have become more pessimistic on Japan's economic growth outlook this year, a Goldman Sachs Asset Management survey showed on Thursday. Growth expectations did pick up after the Bank of Japan's surprise easing last month, according to additional responses sought for the survey in early November.
The big story of recent stock market investment has been volatility, and the opportunities that sharp price swings can bring for those with strong nerves. But good news is emerging now for those who prefer safer strategies: some of the best returns this year have come from stable stocks like billionaire Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway or Swiss toilet maker Geberit.
Profit-taking and queasiness about the rules blighted trading via the Shanghai-Hong Kong stock connect this week after a brisk first day when mostly hedge funds and private banks snapped up all the available mainland shares within hours.
Canada's benchmark stock index rose to its highest level in nearly two months on Friday as investors cheered a move by China to cut interest rates and signs that the European Central Bank might step up asset purchases. The surprise announcement was the first time in two years that China had cut rates, following signals that the pace of growth in the world's second-biggest economy was slowing.
Foreign investors sold off Nigerian stocks valued at 101.2 billion naira ($583.6 million) in October after a drop in the oil price and the local naira currency, data from the stock exchange showed on Wednesday. The investors, which accounted for 87.5 percent of the 1.25 trillion naira of stock market transactions in the first ten months of this year, took out some 676.7 billion naira in that period - 14.9 percent more than they invested.
Yields on a clutch of euro zone countries' bonds hit record lows on Friday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi gave his strongest signal yet that government debt purchases may not be far away. Ten-year bond yields in Ireland, Italy, Austria, France and Spain hit all-time lows and most of their regional peers were near their troughs after Draghi said "excessively low" inflation had to be raised quickly by whatever means necessary.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,810.06 0.51
Arrow Nasdaq 4,712.97 0.24
Arrow S&P 2,063.50 0.52
Arrow FTSE 6,750.76 1.08
Arrow DAX 9,732.55 2.62
Arrow CAC-40 4,347.23 2.67
Arrow Nikkei 17,357.51 0.33
Arrow H.Seng 23,437.12 0.37
Arrow Sensex 28,334.63 0.95

Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
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