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US stocks fell on Friday, pressured by concern over euro zone stability and its potential impact on US corporate results and by domestic economic growth data. US economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006. "The equity market is trying to deal with all the uncertainty around the world; today Greece is on everyone's mind," said Paul Zemsky, chief investment officer of Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions at Voya Investment Management in New York.

stocks enjoyed a late afternoon rally and closed higher on Thursday as an upturn in oil prices and a rally in Apple and Boeing shares helped offset some disappointing earnings and lingering questions over US monetary policy. The S&P 500 had fallen as much as 0.6 percent earlier, led by energy stocks, which reversed direction along with oil.
Tokyo stocks closed 0.39 percent higher on Friday, after Wall Street advanced and as yen weakness boosted exporter shares. The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose 68.17 points to 17,674.39, while the Topix index of all first-section shares gained 0.11 percent, or 1.49 points, to end at 1,415.07. "There is growing confidence in the US economy... Employment has gotten better and the effects from cheaper oil have yet to come," Shigetoshi Kamata, general manager of the research department at Tachibana Securities, told Bloomberg News.
Britain's top share index posted its strongest monthly performance in almost a year in January, although a fall in BT pushed the market lower on Friday. The bluechip FTSE 100 index closed down 0.9 percent at 6,749.40 points. The index nevertheless ended up by around 2.8 percent for the month of January - its strongest monthly performance since February 2014.
European stocks dipped on Friday but posted their best monthly performance in over three years, lifted by hopes the European Central Bank's quantitative easing programme will revive the region's economic growth and corporate earnings will bounce. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares recorded a gain of 7.1 percent for January, its biggest since October 2011. It has strongly outpaced Wall Street, where the S&P 500 has lost 2.2 percent since the start of the year.
Indian shares fell more than 1 percent on Friday after earlier hitting their seventh record high in the past eight sessions as lenders slumped after Bank of Baroda reported a big fall in earnings, while Coal India fell further on the government's stake sale. The NSE index was set to snap ten consecutive sessions of gains, although it has gained 6.8 percent so far this month, its best monthly performance since May 2014 when the market rallied after the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.
Sri Lankan shares fell 2.89 percent to a more than two-month low on Friday, their biggest fall since February 2011, led by bluechips on concerns over future earnings after the government imposed a retrospective 25 percent 'super gain tax' in its supplementary budget. Sri Lanka's new government on Thursday announced a budget that imposed new taxes on cash-rich firms to pay for pay hikes for workers and tax cuts on key commodities, hoping to woo voters as it approaches a parliamentary election.
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Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,164.95 1.45
Arrow Nasdaq 4,635.24 1.03
Arrow S&P 1,994.99 1.30
Arrow FTSE 6,749.40 0.90
Arrow DAX 10,694.32 0.41
Arrow CAC-40 4,604.25 0.59
Arrow Nikkei 17,674.39 0.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,507.05 0.36
Arrow Sensex 29,182.95 1.68

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