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European shares head for weekly loss after mixed US data LONDON: European shares looked set to end the week lower after jobs data from the United States triggered selling pressure as investors try to gauge the timing of the next US rate hike. While there was an initially positive market reaction to the data, which showed the US economy had created fewer jobs than expected last month, a fall in the unemployment rate to a 7-1/2-year low meant the release did not decisively quash expectations of an interest rate hike as early as this month. "Sentiment is quite nervous ... I think more and more investors blame central banks for not acting in the current environment to bring stabilisation," said Ingo Speich, portfolio manager at Union Investment in Frankfurt. "Currently there is no positive bottom-up or fundamental signal that is strong enough to keep markets up." The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 2.4 percent at 1,394.27 points at 1406 ...

Hong Kong shares end 0.45pc lower HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares ended 0.45 percent lower Friday, bringing an end to another painful week for the Hang Seng Index, owing to ongoing concerns about the Chinese economy.The benchmark HSI, which was closed Thursday for a public holiday, fell 94.33 points to close at 20,840.61.Mainland Chinese markets were shut Thursday and Friday and will reopen Monday.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Most Asia stocks down as US jobs come into focus HONG KONG: Japanese stocks led most Asian shares lower Friday as the yen advanced with investors awaiting a key US jobs report later in the day and after the European Central Bank indicated it could expand its stimulus.With mainland Chinese markets closed for a second day, volatility was minimal and traders were able to focus on macro issues, chiefly the US Federal Reserve's plans for raising interest rates.While expectations are for a hike before the ...

Tokyo shares 1.13pc lower by break TOKYO: Tokyo shares lost 1.13 percent on Friday morning as a stronger yen hit exporters and after a lacklustre finish on Wall Street, with investors cautious ahead of a US jobs report later in the day.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange fell 205.63 points to 17,976,77 by the break, while the Topix index of all first section shares was down 1.22 percent, or 17.97 points, at 1,457.01.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Hong Kong stocks end morning lower HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares ended the morning session 0.60 percent down on Friday, retreating from early gains, ahead of the release of closely watched US jobs data later in the day.The benchmark Hang Seng Index eased 125.44 points to 20,809.50 on turnover of HK$36.92 billion ($4.76 billion).Chinese markets were closed for a public holiday. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

TSX rises, helped by banks, telcos, while uncertainty lingers TORONTO: Gains among banking and telecom stocks helped lift Canada's main stock index on Thursday, while a modest bump in the price of crude oil was not enough to lure investors back into the country's struggling energy sector.Investor sentiment got a slight boost from data showing healthy growth in exports for a second straight month in July, although caution remains the underlying theme following last week's confirmation of a mild recession in the first half."People ...

US shares pare gains ahead of jobs report NEW YORK: US equity markets gave up early gains Thursday as investors turned cautious ahead of the August jobs market report, which could weigh heavily the Federal Reserve's upcoming interest rate decision.The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 23.38 points (0.14 percent) at 16,374.76.The S&P 500 gained 2.27 (0.12 percent) at 1,951.13, while the Nasdaq Composite slid 16.48 (0.35 percent) to 4,733.50.Index gains topped one percent in morning trade helped by a reasonably strong report ...


ArrowDJIA 16,102.38 1.66
ArrowNasdaq 4,683.92 1.05
ArrowS&P 1,921.22 1.53
ArrowFTSE 6,042.92 2.44
ArrowDAX 10,038.04 2.71
ArrowCAC-40 4,523.08 2.81
ArrowNikkei 17,792.16 2.15
ArrowH.Seng 20,840.61 0.45
ArrowSensex 25,201.90 2.18

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln