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US stocks, financial and commodity markets were closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving holiday while Friday will be a half-day session with the close at 1 pm (1800 GMT).

US stocks rose on Wednesday boosted by tech shares, with the S&P 500 and Dow industrials closing at records, while the energy sector was once more the largest weight on the market as crude prices continued to flirt with multi-year lows. Hewlett-Packard, Apple and chipmakers were among the largest advancers, with the PHLX semiconductor index closing up 2.1 percent to its highest since June 2001. Analog Devices jumped 5.5 percent to $54.56, leading the sector a day after posting results.
Tokyo stocks lost 0.78 percent on Thursday as a stronger yen took the wind out of the market ahead of the US Thanksgiving holiday. The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange shed 135.08 points to finish at 17,248.50, while the Topix index of all first-section shares fell 1.03 percent, or 14.50 points, to 1,391.90.
Britain's top equity index lagged its continental peers on Thursday, held back by energy shares as crude prices plunged to fresh four-year lows after oil producing countries decided to keep output unchanged. Ministers from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries decided not to cut supply even after crude prices fell by over a third since June. Brent crude hit a 51-month low of $74.36 after the decision.
Share price falls for energy firms capped gains for top European stocks on Thursday, after Opec resisted pressure to cut supply in the face of a global slump in the oil price. However, shares were able to edge higher, led up by the German DAX, which extended its recent sharp rally on the back of encouraging data and expectations of further stimulus measures from the European Central Bank.
Indian shares edged up marginally on Thursday, led by buying in bluechips such as Infosys and Hindustan Unilever, while caution prevailed ahead of the release of economic growth data on Friday and the central bank's policy review due on December 2. India economic growth probably slowed to 5.1 percent in the July-September quarter from a year ago, but economists polled by Reuters doubted whether that would be enough to persuade the central bank to cut interest rates just yet.
Sri Lankan stocks fell to a 12-week closing low on Thursday as investors pulled back over worries the defection of some ruling party members would result in a hung parliament after the January 8 presidential polls. The main stock index closed down 0.89 percent or 63.83 points at 7,115.89, its lowest since September 5, after falling 1.6 percent earlier in the session.
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Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,827.75 0.07
Arrow Nasdaq 4,787.32 0.61
Arrow S&P 2,072.83 0.28
Arrow FTSE 6,723.42 0.09
Arrow DAX 9,974.87 0.60
Arrow CAC-40 4,382.34 0.20
Arrow Nikkei 17,248.50 0.78
Arrow H.Seng 24,004.28 0.45
Arrow Sensex 28,438.91 0.19

Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln