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European stocks rally, euro drops after Japanese stimulus LONDON: European stocks rose sharply on Friday, boosted by Bank of Japan stimulus and upbeat earnings, but the euro and gold fell heavily.The euro dived below $1.25 for the first time for more than two years, driven by speculation that the US Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than expected.And with problems crowding in on the Russian economy, the ruble fell to another record low against the dollar despite defensive action by the Russian central bank which ramped its key rate up to 9.5 percent from 8.0 percent.At around midday, London's FTSE 100 index was up 1.11 percent to 6,535.40 points, in a climate of diverging monetary policies by leading central banks.Frankfurt's DAX 30 gained 2.09 percent to 9,305.51 points and the Paris CAC 40 advanced 2.13 percent to 4,229.60 compared with Thursday's close.Wall Street opened at a new record high level, with the Dow Jones industrial index adding ...

Emerging stocks lifted by Japan stimulus jolt LONDON: Emerging stocks were on track for their biggest weekly gains in six months on Friday, buoyed by Japan's surprise move to ramp up its stimulus programme and strong United States growth data. The Russian rouble weakened ahead of a central bank meeting that could see either a significant rate rise or a move to a more freely floating currency. MSCI's emerging equities index rose 0.8 percent on the day, bringing gains to 1.17 percent ...

SE Asia Stocks: Gain on Japan's monetary stimulus, inflows BANGKOK: Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Friday as steps towards further monetary easing by the Bank of Japan lifted market sentiment. Bank stocks helped Singapore's benchmark touch a one-month high and late buying into large caps boosted shares of Thai PTT in Bangkok.Singapore's Straits Times Index was up 1.2 percent at 3,276.74, its highest since Sept. 30. Shares of United Overseas Bank and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation led the gainers after favourable earnings numbers.The Thai ...

Shares jump, yen slumps as BoJ cranks up stimulus LONDON: World shares jumped and the yen fell to a seven-year low against the dollar on Friday as the Bank of Japan surprised financial markets by significantly expanding its massive stimulus programme.In a rare split decision, the BoJ's board voted 5-4 to accelerate purchases of Japanese government bonds so that its holdings increase at an annual pace of 80 trillion yen ($725 billion), up by 30 trillion yen.The central bank also said it would triple ...

Indian shares soar to record high; BoJ's surprise easing helps rally MUMBAI: Indian shares surged nearly 2 percent on Friday to record highs for the second consecutive day after Bank of Japan's surprise expansion of its massive stimulus programme raised hopes for additional foreign inflows, boosting blue-chips.In a rare split decision, the BoJ's board voted 5-4 to accelerate purchases of Japanese government bonds so that its holdings increase at an annual pace of 80 trillion yen ($725 billion), up by 30 trillion yen.BoJ's easing is being ...

Asia stocks surge, yen dives on US data, Bank of Japan move HONG KONG: Asian markets rallied Friday and the dollar pushed past 111 yen after Japan's central bank said it would expand its vast monetary easing scheme and the United States released forecast-busting economic growth data.Japanese stocks clocked up gains of almost five percent to sit at a seven-year high after the Bank of Japan announced its surprise decision in a bid to drag the economy back from the brink of recession.The Nikkei jumped 4.83 percent, ...

Japan's vast public pension fund says to double stock investment TOKYO: Japan's public pension fund -- the world's biggest -- said Friday it will double the amount of equities in its investment portfolio, as it seeks higher returns to cope with an ageing population.The unprecedented shift by the $1.26 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund will see stocks account for a combined 50 percent of its portfolio, up from about 24 percent now, pumping billions of dollars into domestic and overseas share markets.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...


ArrowDJIA 17,390.52 1.13
ArrowNasdaq 4,630.74 1.41
ArrowS&P 2,018.05 1.17
ArrowFTSE 6,546.47 1.28
ArrowDAX 9,326.87 2.33
ArrowCAC-40 4,233.09 2.22
ArrowNikkei 16,413.76 4.83
ArrowH.Seng 23,998.06 1.25
ArrowSensex 27,865.83 1.90

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
Imports $45.11 bln
WeeklyOctober 27, 2014
Reserves $13.464 bln