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China's main stock indexes fell nearly 1 percent on Thursday as investors dumped blue chip shares such as banks and real estate firms on worries about the slowing economy. But Shenzhen's Nasdaq-style ChiNext, which tracks high-growth start-ups, closed at a record high, in a sign that money is shifting into small caps.

Hong Kong shares closed at their lowest in six weeks on Thursday, following mainland markets down, weighed by financial stocks amid concerns over China's economic slowdown. China announced an economic growth target for 2015 of around 7 percent on Thursday and said it would boost government spending, signalling that the lowest rate of expansion for a quarter of a century is the "new normal" for the world's No 2 economy.
The Thai key stock index fell to a six-week closing low on Thursday as large caps traded ex-dividend while the Malaysian benchmark posted its worst fall in nearly two months amid broad-based selling ahead of the central bank's decision on interest rates.
Australian shares wiped off early losses to finish mostly flat on Thursday after falling for two straight sessions, helped by a late rally in consumer staples shares while miners continued to be laggards on the index. The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.04 percent, or 2.61 points, to 5,904.2 at the close of trade. The benchmark fell 0.5 percent on Wednesday, after hitting its highest level since early 2008 on Monday.
Telecommunications firm Mobily lifted Saudi Arabia's bourse on Thursday as some investors bet the government would indirectly support it if needed, while other Gulf markets were mixed and Egypt rose after the government approved a new investment law.
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has launched a major enforcement drive, particularly in the capital market, surpassing actions against insider trading and market manipulation, as compared to serious violations made during past years. During a workshop organised by the SECP for journalists here on Thursday, the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, (SECP) Zafar Hijazi has said that we are taking action against violators irrespective of their strong social or financial standing. Among the most prominent case is a fine on the CEO of a company for buying shares during the closed period.
EFU Managed Growth Fund Rates on Thursday (March 05, 2015).


 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,135.72 0.21
Arrow Nasdaq 4,982.81 0.32
Arrow S&P 2,101.04 0.12
Arrow FTSE 6,961.14 0.6
Arrow DAX 11,504.01 1.00
Arrow CAC-40 4,963.51 0.94
Arrow Nikkei 18,751.84 0.26
Arrow H.Seng 24,193.04 1.11
Arrow Sensex 29,448.95 0.23







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 $16.137 bln