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A number of widely-followed market indicators are flashing red following record investment inflows into European equities ahead of the European Central Bank's quantitative easing (QE) programme. The benchmark STOXX 600 is up 13 percent so far in 2015 - its strongest start to the year since the index was created in late 1986 and the best performance among all asset classes.

Indian shares rode a roller-coaster on Saturday, when the budget for the coming fiscal year was present, and they ended the day higher, on hopes the plan will boost growth and corporate taxes will be cut. The broader NSE index ended up 0.65 percent at 8,901.85 points. At one point while Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was speaking, the index was up 1.1 percent, and later it was down as much as 1 percent.
Canada's main stock index closed little changed on Friday as higher bullion prices boosted shares of gold miners, while banks climbed after reporting quarterly results earlier this week. The bank results helped calm investor fears about the impact a sluggish economy and the oil-price slump are having on financial institutions.
Several hundred holders of Swiss franc mortgages demonstrated in Poland's capital on Saturday, demanding banks ease the burden of these loans whose cost rocketed when the franc shot up last month following a policy shift by the Swiss National Bank. Blowing whistles and trumpets, the protesters marched through central Warsaw, stopping at the finance ministry and financial regulator as they waved banners denouncing the banks for granting the mortgages.
Spanish lender Bankia has reported annual earnings hurt by provisions to cover potential compensation claims from thousands of investors in its 2011 flotation, who were left out of pocket by its subsequent state bailout. Bankia, rescued in 2012 at the height of the euro zone debt crisis, said on Saturday net profit rose 22 percent from the year before to 747 million euros, after the bank as expected set aside 312 million for any payout, representing the maximum potential liability linked to the float.
Fund managers in the United States raised their recommended exposure to North American debt to the highest in nearly four years in February, but made minor changes to their overall global model portfolios, a Reuters poll showed. Regarding their global allocation to debt, they favoured increased exposure to both corporate investment grade and junk bonds, but suggested cutting exposure to government debt.
US Treasuries appeared on track on Friday for their biggest monthly loss since May 2013 after strength in US economic data over the month boosted expectations the Federal Reserve would take a less dovish stance on monetary policy. Expectations that the Fed could hike rates by mid-year rose this month after a strong US employment report for January and stronger core consumer prices data. A rebound in oil prices and a deal to extend Greece's bailout program also took the shine off safe-haven Treasuries.

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,132.70 0.45
Arrow Nasdaq 4,963.53 0.49
Arrow S&P 2,104.50 0.30
Arrow FTSE 6,946.66 0.04
Arrow DAX 11,401.66 0.66
Arrow CAC-40 4,951.48 0.83
Arrow Nikkei 18,797.94 0.06
Arrow H.Seng 24,823.29 0.32
Arrow Sensex 29,220.12 1.65







ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyDecember
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln