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US stocks were flat on Wednesday as investors found few reasons to extend a rally that has taken indexes to repeated records, even though market valuations were not seen as unduly stretched. The S&P 500 closed above 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday, while the Dow Jones industrial average also ended near a record high. Both indexes have risen in 10 of the past 13 sessions, and the S&P has closed at a record 30 times this year, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

US stocks edged higher on Tuesday to lift the S&P 500 just a hair above the 2,000 mark, its first close above that milestone, after data that pointed to a brighter future for the economy. Energy shares, which closely track the pace of growth, led the day's gain. The S&P energy index rose 0.5 percent and ranked as the best performer of the 10 major S&P sectors.
Tokyo stocks closed flat on Wednesday after sluggish trading as traders remained cautious about the future of the Japanese economy. The Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.09 percent, or 13.60 points, to 15,534.82 while the Topix index of all first-section shares rose 0.07 percent, or 0.91 points, to 1,285.92. The benchmark index had opened 0.23 percent higher after the S&P 500 in New York closed above 2,000 for the first time following upbeat US economic indicators.
Britain's top equity index climbed to its highest closing level in nearly two months on Wednesday, with oil and gas services company Petrofac buoyed by positive broker comments. However, supermarket stocks such as J Sainsbury Plc and Tesco underperformed after weak sales data. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index ended up by 0.1 percent, or 7.90 points, at 6,830.66 points - marking its highest closing level since early July.
European shares steadied near a one-month high on Wednesday, pausing after a 2-1/2-week rally, as a drop in German consumer morale and negative corporate news curbed appetite for stocks. Declines in individual shares included UK grocers Sainsbury and Tesco, slipping 2.6 percent and 1.1 percent respectively after data from Kantar Worldpanel showed UK grocery market sales rose 0.8 percent in the 12 weeks to August 17, a 10-year low.
Indian shares rose on Wednesday to record closing highs as expectations of further monetary stimulus in the Euro zone raised hopes of continued foreign inflows, lifting bluechips such as ICICI Bank Ltd. The European Central Bank is due to hold its next policy review on September 4, which comes after its president Mario Draghi appeared to open the door for more monetary easing by saying all available tools would be considered should inflation in the euro zone fall further.
Taiwan stocks rose 0.6 percent on Wednesday, outperforming most regional bourses, as investor sentiment was buoyed by foreign investor buying in local shares. About half an hour into trading, the main TAIEX index had climbed to 9,447.22, after ending flat in the previous session. Among the biggest winning sectors, electronics rose 0.9 percent. Innolux and AU Optronics, the world's No 3 and No 4 flat-panel makers respectively, were the two most active stocks by volume. Both of them jumped more than 3 percent each.
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Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,122.01 0.09
Arrow Nasdaq 4,569.62 0.02
Arrow S&P 2,000.12 0.01
Arrow FTSE 6,830.66 0.12
Arrow DAX 9,569.71 0.19
Arrow CAC-40 4,395.26 0.04
Arrow Nikkei 15,534.82 0.09
Arrow H.Seng 24,918.75 0.62
Arrow Sensex 26,560.15 0.44

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
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WeeklyAugust 25, 2014
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