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Sri Lanka stocks hit 3-year high; speculative trading raises concerns COLOMBO: Sri Lanka stocks edged up for the fifth straight session on Friday to hit a three-year high, led by large cap Ceylon Tobacco Co Plc, while block deals in market heavyweight John Keells Holdings Plc boosted the turnover. Analysts said investors' sentiment was boosted by the low interest rates, but increasing speculative trading in fundamentally weak shares could dent the healthy growth the index has seen this year. The main stock index ended up 0.05 percent, or 3.27 points, at 7,008.02, its highest close since Aug. 18, 2011. The index has gained 18.56 percent so far this year."Now the speculative run has started," Dimantha Mathew, manager research at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd. "Heavy retail activity on retail-favourite speculative counters are moving up now after the fundamental and mid-cap shares moved up over the last few months." Analysts said speculative share trading could sharply increase the market risk.The index ...

Ukraine tensions knock stocks as dollar waits on Yellen LONDON: The high-flying dollar steadied on Friday as markets waited for steers on US monetary policy, while escalating tensions over Ukraine halted a strong run-up by European stocks.Fears the conflict would worsen before next week's meeting between Vladimir Putin and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko pushed up safe-haven assets, but was not enough to distract markets from the main focus of when cheap and easy credit was likely to come to an end.US Federal Reserve Chair ...

Nikkei rises for 10th day on strong US shares, data TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average rose for the 10th consecutive session on Friday morning thanks to a record close on Wall Street after upbeat US economic data.Shinsei Bank outperformed the market, rising 2.3 percent after the Nikkei business daily said the bank is planning to bid for Citigroup's Japanese retail banking operations, hoping to take over the wealthy clientele the US bank has built up over decades.Overall, trading was subdued as investors were focused on ...

Asian shares hitch a ride on Wall Street's record TOKYO: An index of Asian shares neared a six-and-half-year peak on Friday and was poised for a weekly gain, after upbeat US economic data sparked another record close on Wall Street. Still, investors were cautious ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen later in the day at the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which will be studied for any fresh signals about the timing of US interest rate ...

Nikkei snaps 9-day gains but strong US data limit loss TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average snapped a nine-day winning streak on Friday, as investors booked profits from recent gains although upbeat US economic data limited the losses.The Nikkei reversed earlier rises to end 0.3 percent lower at 15,539.19. For the week, the index gained 1.4 percent, rising for the second straight weeks.The broader Topix dropped 0.4 percent to 1,286.07, and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 also declined 0.4 percent to 11,710.49.Investors were focused on Federal Reserve ...

South Korean shares buoyed by Wall St, won up as dollar loses steam SEOUL: South Korean shares climbed on Friday, tracking the global equities rally after Wall Street reached another record high on the back of upbeat economic data. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) closed up 0.61 percent at 2,056.75 points. The index slipped 0.3 percent lower for the week. The South Korean won rose as the recent dollar rally lost momentum, with investors taking a wait-and-see approach ahead of a key speech by Fed Chair ...

Australia shares close higher for a 7th day, up 1.4pc for week SYDNEY: Australian shares edged 0.1 percent higher on Friday, boosted by solid earnings from Santos Ltd which supported the energy sector, though gains were tempered as some stocks traded ex-dividend. Santos jumped 3.9 percent to A$15.16, its highest since November 2013. The S&P/ASX 200 index added 6.7 points to 5,645.6 at the close of trade, and gained 1.4 percent for the week, climbing for a second week. The benchmark posted its seventh consecutive session of ...


ArrowDJIA 17,001.22 0.22
ArrowNasdaq 4,538.55 0.14
ArrowS&P 1,988.40 0.20
ArrowFTSE 6,775.25 0.04
ArrowDAX 9,339.17 0.66
ArrowCAC-40 4,252.80 0.93
ArrowNikkei 15,539.19 0.30
ArrowH.Seng 25,112.23 0.47
ArrowSensex 26,419.55 0.23

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 15, 2014
Reserves $14.264 bln