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Earnings season shifts into high gear next week, and with nearly one-third of S&P 500 names set to post results, investors hope the news provides a catalyst to buy stocks and leave the market's recent weakness in the dust. Several behemoths, including Apple, the largest US company by market value, as well as Microsoft, McDonald's and AT&T, are due to report earnings.

Tokyo investors will be watching the release of a string of data from the United States, China and Japan next week, after the benchmark Nikkei 225 index scratched back some of last week's big losses. Among the figures in focus are US durable goods orders for March and HSBC's April manufacturing purchasing managers' index for China, both due Wednesday
Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance plans to raise its holdings of Japanese equities for the first time since 2008 because the Bank of Japan's massive easing programme has dried up domestic bond market liquidity, a senior company official said on Wednesday. Fukoku, Japan's eighth-biggest insurer by assets, plans to increase its domestic stock holdings by 10 billion yen ($98 million) in the fiscal year through March 2015, Takehiko Watabe, general manager of investment planning, told Reuters in an interview.
China's securities regulator on Saturday released draft prospectuses for a small group of companies planning to list, in a move that may soothe investor concerns that the country had put in place a de facto freeze on IPOs. The 28 prospectuses, published on the website of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), included Well Lead Medical, a medical equipment firm in the southern city of Guangzhou, and Hangzhou Weiguang Electronic Co Ltd, which makes motors for electric fans. But it is unclear whether, or when, the companies will be approved to list.
Asia's best performing stock market this year, Indonesia, is now seeing a string of upgrades in corporate earnings forecasts that could give the rally further momentum and cement its lead in the region. Jakarta's stock market is basking in the quick turnaround the economy made from last year's currency crisis, helped by a rise in interest rates and an improvement in the country's huge trade deficit.
Portugal said it plans to make its first pre-announced government bond auction since April 2011, ahead of exiting its bailout programme next month. The national debt management agency IGCP said it would make a regular, long-term bond issue on Wednesday aiming to raise 500-750 million euros ($690-1.0 billion) with a 10-year term.
The yield on the first bond Greece has sold since its 2012 default fell below its issuance level on Thursday as Athens rejoined a rally in peripheral debt markets after a brief period of selling pressure. The five-year bond, which drew demand almost seven times its size a week ago, faced a tough market debut as investors used the landmark sale as an opportunity to book profits on the euro zone's best performing bonds this year.

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,408.54 0.10
Arrow Nasdaq 4,095.52 0.23
Arrow S&P 1,864.85 0.14
Arrow FTSE 6,625.25 0.62
Arrow DAX 9,409.71 0.99
Arrow CAC-40 4,431.81 0.59
Arrow Nikkei 14,516.27 0.68
Arrow H.Seng 22,760.24 0.28
Arrow Sensex 22,628.84 1.58





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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyFebruary
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln