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Britain's top share index ended slightly higher on Wednesday after a sharp decline earlier in the session, with energy and mining stocks rallying following a recovery in crude oil and industrial metals prices. Expectations that the European Central Bank will take fresh measures to support the region's economy and that the US Federal Reserve's final statement of the year later on Wednesday will be less hawkish also improved sentiment, analysts said.

European equities staged a late recovery on Wednesday, as a rebound in energy stocks and new signs of economic stimulus measures from the European Central Bank lifted shares. Brent crude, which is still down nearly 50 percent in six months, moved above $60 a barrel on Wednesday as US data showed falling crude inventories. The oil price recovery lifted the STOXX Europe 600 Oil & Gas Index by 3.3 percent.
Indian shares edged lower on Wednesday as volatility in global markets raised fears of more foreign selling, although indexes cut earlier losses of more than 1 percent as state-run Life Insurance Corporation of India bought shares aggressively. LIC, a powerful market player in India that has been known to support markets at times of vulnerability, was seen buying into banks, software services and defensive stocks, traders said.
Sri Lankan stocks fell for a fifth straight session on Wednesday, hitting a near three-week low, as investors cautiously bought risky assets amid political uncertainty ahead of the January 8 presidential poll. The main stock index ended 0.33 percent lower at 7,199.73, its lowest close since November 28. The fall erased 10 billion rupees of market capitalisation from the 3.06 trillion rupee ($23.34 billion)-worth bourse.
China stocks closed up on Wednesday as mainland bank shares pushed higher in the afternoon session. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.7 percent, to 3,360.60, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.3 percent, to 3,061.02 points. The CSI300 banking index rose 6.96 percent at the close. It was up 5.81 percent at the end of the morning session.
Hong Kong's main share index finished down slightly on Wednesday as a rally in financial firms failed to offset slumping service and information technology shares. The Hang Seng index fell 0.4 percent, to 22,585.84 points, while the China Enterprises Index gained 1.2 percent, to 11,269.43 points. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were AVIC International Holding HK Ltd, down 3.0 percent at HK$0.65, CCT Land Holdings Ltd, unchanged at HK$0.02 and Bank Of China, up 2.7 percent at HK$4.14.
Southeast Asian stock markets mostly rose on Wednesday, with Thai shares ending six consecutive sessions of losses to lead the regional gains. The Thai stock index rose 1.3 percent, its biggest one-day gain since August, regaining some lost ground after having slumped 8.5 percent over the past six sessions. Energy sector shares led the gains, rebounding from earlier losses due to declining crude oil prices.


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,356.87 1.69
Arrow Nasdaq 4,644.31 2.12
Arrow S&P 2,012.89 2.04
Arrow FTSE 6,336.48 0.07
Arrow DAX 9,544.43 0.20
Arrow CAC-40 4,111.91 0.46
Arrow Nikkei 16,819.73 0.38
Arrow H.Seng 22,585.84 0.37
Arrow Sensex 26,710.13 0.27

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 15, 2014
Reserves $13.922 bln