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Sri Lankan stocks hovered around 33-month highs on Monday, as local investors took advantage of low interest rates to shift funds from fixed income assets to risk assets despite foreign outflows, brokers said. The main stock index ended up 0.51 percent, or 34.32 points, at 6,756.52, near its highest close since October 3, 2011 hit on Wednesday. "There would be miner corrections here and there, but we see continued buying," said a stockbroker asking not to be named.

Hong Kong stocks ended 0.29 percent lower on Monday despite a Wall Street rally as early gains after last week's losses were wiped out. The benchmark Hang Seng Index eased 67.65 points to 23,387.14 on turnover of HK$42.91 billion (US $5.54 billion). Investors bid the market higher at the start of the day after Friday's losses in response to the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine Thursday, with the United States saying it was shot down by pro-Russia rebels.
Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Monday on expectations of better earnings after upbeat US corporate results helped boost sentiment in the region, while Indonesian shares ended near a 14-month high close ahead of the outcome of the presidential election. The Jakarta Composite Index closed 0.8 percent firmer, its highest close since May 30, 2013. The gains were led by shares of real estates companies and banks.
Australian shares rose 0.2 percent on Monday, underpinned by a rebound on Wall Street and a robust banking sector, though gains were limited by the resources sector as metals prices fell. US stocks rose on Friday, rebounding a day after the S&P 500 suffered its worst slide since April 10, with the three major indexes gaining. Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Australia's top bank by market capitalisation, added 0.1 percent, while top lender by assets, National Australia Bank, rose 0.2 percent.
Russian stock markets fell on Monday as investors expressed alarm at the escalating crisis in Ukraine following the Malaysian plane disaster and the prospects of tougher sanctions doing more damage to the Russian economy. Moscow's ruble-denominated Micex stock exchange was down 1.27 percent in late morning trading, while the dollar-denominated RTS was down 1.32 percent.
South African stocks edged lower on Monday in line with global peers as simmering political tensions in Ukraine weighed on appetite for risky assets. But shares of mining firm Anglo American Platinum rose 4.69 percent to 478.74 rand after the company said it would sell its strike-hit and underperforming mines in Rustenburg. Resource shares also benefited from higher commodity prices as investors sought protection against a drop in equities.
Stock markets in the United Arab Emirates rebounded on Monday from a sharp drop in the previous session, although Dubai remained extremely volatile because of swings in construction firm Arabtec. Bourses in Qatar and Egypt retreated. Dubai's index closed up 2.5 percent after dropping as much as 4.3 percent shortly after the opening, when shares in Arabtec plunged their 10 percent daily limit. -- Qatar Navigation's earnings disappoint


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,051.73 0.28
Arrow Nasdaq 4,424.70 0.17
Arrow S&P 1,973.63 0.23
Arrow FTSE 6,728.44 0.31
Arrow DAX 9,612.05 1.11
Arrow CAC-40 4,304.74 0.71
Arrow Nikkei 15,215.71 1.01
Arrow H.Seng 23,387.14 0.29
Arrow Sensex 25,715.17 0.29

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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln