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Vietnam index falls 1 pct; ETF reviews boost volumes HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index closed 1.01 percent lower on Friday in heavy trading as two exchange-traded funds completed their quarterly reviews.Hanoi-based Vietcombank, Vietnam's biggest lender by market value, led the decliners with a 6.91 percent fall, with volumes at a five-year high of 4.9 million shares, Reuters data showed.Top insurer Baoviet Holdings dropped 6.97 percent to its lowest close in two years, while food producer Masan Group fell 1.9 percent to the lowest since February 2011.Market Vectors Vietnam and db x-trackers FTSE Vietnam, the two major exchange-traded funds (ETF) on the Vietnamese market, had their last review trading sessions on Friday, which analysts said contributed to a 60-percent surge in volume.Both ETFs have Masan and Vietcombank shares in their portfolios, while Market Vectors Vietnam also has Baoviet as of Nov. 30. Copyright Reuters, 2014


Britain's FTSE could score biggest weekly rise in two years LONDON: Britain's top equity index was on track for its biggest weekly gain in two years on Friday, led by recent laggards such as insurer Aviva and media group WPP, as analysts recommended snapping up battered shares after a recent selloff. Barclays, which had fallen 11.6 percent in just over a week, rose 1.4 percent after the judge overseeing New York state's lawsuit accusing it of fraud in its alternative trading system raised questions about ...

SE Asia Stocks: Most end stronger; US Fed signal continues to boost sentiment JAKARTA: Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Friday as the US Federal Reserve's pledge to be "patient" about hiking interest rates continued to boost sentiment.The Fed's signal "continues to be the positive catalyst that supports the global market rally," Jakarta's BNI Securities said in a research note on Friday.The markets had been highly volatile earlier in the week as plunging oil prices and the Russian rouble caused outflows from the region due to global ...

Rouble's bounce draws investors back to emerging assets LONDON: Emerging-market stocks were set for their first weekly gain of the month and currencies were steady to higher on Friday, helped by a stabilisation of Russia's beaten-up rouble and a four-year high for Chinese shares. Following gains of more than 2 percent on Wall Street, the MSCI Emerging stocks index rose 0.8 percent as European investors finally found enough confidence to chase buoyant Asian markets after another wild week of swings.Russia's battered rouble was ...

Britain's FTSE set for biggest weekly rise in two years LONDON: Britain's top equity index was on track for its biggest weekly gain in two years on Friday, led by recent laggards such as insurer Aviva and media group WPP , as analysts recommended snapping up battered shares after a recent selloff.Fund managers and traders cited a gradual wind-down in trading activity as investors cut risk before the holiday season. British supermarket chain Tesco, which has been trading at levels not seen since 2003, was ...

European shares hit by drop in Italian banks, taking shine off rally LONDON: European stocks edged lower on Friday, reversing an early rise, as Italian banks came under pressure from a downgrade by S&P and Swiss drugmaker Roche saw two major drugs fail tests. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.1 percent tot 1,355.47 points at 1113 GMT, retreating after a 3 percent advance on Thursday. The index was still set for a 2.6 percent rise this week, its biggest weekly gain in ...

Alstom shareholders back 12.35bn eur sale of power arm to GE PARIS: Alstom shareholders on Friday backed with 99.2 percent of votes the French engineering group's plan to sell most of its power equipment business to General Electric and refocus on its smaller rail arm. Alstom had said last month it could return up to 4 billion euros ($4.92 billion) in cash to shareholders from the 12.35 billion euro deal, struck with the US industrial giant in June after a two-month tug-of-war with the French government. ...


 



 
IndexClosingChg%
ArrowDJIA 17,778.15 2.43
ArrowNasdaq 4,748.40 2.24
ArrowS&P 2,061.23 2.40
ArrowFTSE 6,466.00 2.04
ArrowDAX 9,811.06 2.79
ArrowCAC-40 4,249.49 3.35
ArrowNikkei 17,210.05 2.32
ArrowH.Seng 22,832.21 1.09
ArrowSensex 27,126.57 1.56






ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyOctober
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln