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China stocks rise, led by brokerages, but Hong Kong shares fall BEIJING: China stocks climbed on Tuesday while Hong Kong shares fell, with the divergence between the prices of financial counters listed in both places widening. The CSI300 index of leading shares listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.8 percent, to 3,241.36 points at the end of the morning, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.7 percent, to 2,975.37 points.Helping lift the mainland indexes were brokerage shares, but Chinese financials slipped in Hong Kong. The Hang Seng index dropped 1.4 percent, to 22,704.48 points. The Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 1.1 percent, to 11,094.31. The index measuring price differences between dual-listed companies in Shanghai and Hong Kong stood at 117.21, compared with 114.61 at the end of Monday trading.A value above 100 indicates Shanghai shares are priced at a premium to shares in the same company trading in Hong Kong. While blue chip financials have led the bull market in ...

SE Asia Stocks: Extend declines on emerging markets sell-off JAKARTA: Southeast Asian stock markets slumped on Tuesday after emerging market currencies were hit by global risk aversion, triggered by a sharp decline in the Russian rouble."Conditions in Russia pushed investors to return to holding US dollar, which hurt local currencies and stock markets in the region," said Muhamad Alfatih, an analyst with Samuel Sekuritas in Jakarta.The Russian central bank on Tuesday sharply hiked interest rates to halt a collapse in the rouble. Before the ...
Rouble jumps on Russia rate hike, oil pressured TOKYO: Oil prices continued to slide on Tuesday, while the rouble jumped against the dollar after Russia sharply hiked its benchmark interest rate to halt a collapse in its currency. The dour mood kept equities down in Asia, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.1 percent in early trade. The Russian central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent, in a move it said was aimed ...
Oil prices sink further in Asian trade SINGAPORE: Oil prices sank further to new multi-year lows in Asia Tuesday, with analysts weighing the possible political and economic fallout in oil-producing countries with little respite in the selling. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January delivery fell 24 cents to $55.67 while Brent crude for January eased 22 cents to $60.84 in mid-morning trade -- both contracts at levels not seen since mid-2009.WTI tumbled $1.90 Monday and Brent dipped 79 cents.Crude prices have ...
Brent edges up to $62.35 after earlier crash in volatile trade SINGAPORE: Oil markets saw volatile trading in Asia on Monday as Brent prices first fell to a 5-1/2 year low after the International Energy Agency (IEA) cut its outlook and then rose on hopes of improving manufacturing data.Brent futures fell to near $60 per barrel after the IEA forecast further price falls and OPEC's chief on Sunday defended the group's decision not to cut its output target, and although prices picked up later in volatile ...
Middle East Crude-Spot differentials improve amid Christmas rush  SINGAPORE: Spot differentials in the Middle East crude market continued to improve as refiners, keen to conclude buying for February cargoes before the Christmas holiday, were lured by lower official selling prices (OSP).Qatar Marine flipped into a premium of around 30 cents a barrel to its OSP, a trader said. The medium heavy grade was last month mostly sold at discounts of 30-50 cents a barrel.A South Korean refiner bought a cargo of Abu Dhabi's ...
Asia-Pacific Crude-Kimanis premium edges higher SINGAPORE: Spot premium for Malaysia's new Kimanis grade ticked higher in the Asia-Pacific crude market on Monday, even as supplies increase and most buyers remained in the dark about the exact quality of the grade.Regional grades could find some support as inflows of Atlantic basin cargoes were limited by high freight rates and an expected tightness of sweet grades in the Mediterranean following supply disruptions at Libya's two biggest oil export ports.Petroleum Brunei sold 600,000 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,804.80 0.15
Arrow Nasdaq 4,765.38 0.36
Arrow S&P 2,070.65 0.46
Arrow FTSE 6,545.27 1.23
Arrow DAX 9,786.96 0.25
Arrow CAC-40 4,241.65 0.18
Arrow Nikkei 17,621.40 2.39
Arrow H.Seng 23,116.63 1.25
Arrow Sensex 27,371.84 0.90

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 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln