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Wall St little changed as Microsoft offsets Amazon NEW YORK: US stocks were little changed on Friday, as disappointing earnings from Amazon were offset by gains in Microsoft after its quarterly results. Amazon plunged 7.3 percent to $290.45 as the biggest drag on both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 after the online retailer's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed Wall Street and third-quarter results missed forecasts. But Microsoft, up 1.3 percent at $45.63, helped offset the drop in Amazon after it reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue while keeping its profit margins largely intact. Procter & Gamble gained 2.9 percent to $85.67 to also help boost the Dow and S&P 500 after the world's largest household products maker posted quarterly results and said it would split its Duracell battery business into a separate company. The S&P 500 is up 3.5 percent for the week, putting the index on pace for its first weekly gain in five and ...


Kering, BASF drag down European shares, Ebola eyed LONDON: Shares in luxury goods group Kering and chemicals company BASF fell on Friday after business updates, while new worries about the Ebola virus weighed on European stock markets. Kering fell 4.6 percent, making it the worst-performing stock on the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index after sales fell at its Gucci brand. Chemicals company BASF also declined by 3.3 percent after cutting its 2015 earnings forecast on weak demand in its European home markets. The declines ...

Vietnam index edges down 0.3pc; volume drops HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index lost 0.34 percent on Friday, with stocks moving in a tight range and trading volume down nearly 40 percent as selling lessened near a support level.Trading volume dropped 38 percent from Thursday to 93.6 million shares, Reuters data showed, as selling slowed down but demand to offload shares is still very strong, analysts said.PetroVietNam Gas, Vietnam's biggest firm by market value, declined 0.95 percent, and dairy product maker Vinamilk fell ...

Stress tests, Ebola cool stocks after best week of year LONDON: World stocks dipped on Friday, as European bank stress test results due at the weekend and New York City's first case of Ebola prompted investors to lock in profits after the best week for shares in well over a year.A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America's largest city, raising fresh fears about its spread.Europe's main bourses in London, Frankfurt and ...

Emerging stocks heading for first gain in 7 weeks LONDON: Emerging stocks were on track to clock up their first weekly gains in seven weeks, though Russia bucked the trend with investors nervous ahead of a credit ratings decision that could see Moscow's debt cut to junk. MSCI's main emerging market index ticked 0.2 percent lower, following US futures and Asia where markets had been rattled by the news that a doctor returning to New York from Guinea had tested positive for Ebola. Nonetheless, ...

Monte Paschi's shares jump on ECB stress test talk MILAN: Shares in the Italian banks considered most at risk of failing euro zone health checks, including bailed out lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena , were sharply higher on Friday as investors bet on them faring better than expected.Monte Paschi's share price rose more than 10 percent, reversing losses in recent days triggered by fears that the world's oldest bank could fall short in the European Central Bank's stress tests, despite raising 5 ...

Russian assets slide ahead of S&P rating review MOSCOW: Russian assets slid on Friday before a ratings review by Standard and Poor's, which might downgrade Russia's debt to 'junk' status, and a weekend parliamentary election in Ukraine that could enflame East-West tensions. The rouble was badly hit. It has already been bruised by strong demand for dollars from Russian companies shut out of international capital markets by Western sanctions over Ukraine, and is down 22 percent since the start of the year, its ...


 



 
IndexClosingChg%
ArrowDJIA 16,677.90 1.32
ArrowNasdaq 4,452.79 1.60
ArrowS&P 1,950.82 1.23
ArrowFTSE 6,419.15 0.30
ArrowDAX 9,047.31 1.20
ArrowCAC-40 4,157.68 1.28
ArrowNikkei 15,138.96 0.37
ArrowH.Seng 23,333.18 0.30
ArrowSensex 26,851.05 0.24





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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln