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European shares start quarter with gains after PMI boost LONDON: European shares began the quarter with gains on Wednesday, after data showed manufacturing activity across the euro zone accelerated faster than previously estimated last month. Markit's final March manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) reached a 10-month high of 52.2, beating a preliminary reading of 51.9 to provide another sign the bloc's economy is recovering. The bullish PMI readings helped Spain's IBEX rise 0.6 percent and Italy's FTSE MIB gain 1 percent. Each touched its highest level since 2010. Banks were the biggest winners, with the STOXX Europe 600 banks sub-index up 1.1 percent. Spanish banks Popular , Banco de Sabadell and Bankia rose 2.8 to 1.6 percent. "Spain in general looks rather good, and recent data been coming in better than expected," said Markus Huber, sales trader at Peregrine & Black. "Banks look increasingly attractive, because they have a lot of catching up to do." France's Credit Agricole rose ...

Wall St falls after data; first quarter's winners dip NEW YORK: US stocks eased on Wednesday as a pair of weaker-than-expected economic indicators spurred concerns over economic growth ahead of Friday's jobs report. Leading the decline were some of the sectors with the strongest gains in the first quarter.The S&P health care sector fell 1.6 percent.It was the strongest sector in the first quarter, appreciating 6.2 percent. The consumer discretionary index, another big first-quarter gainer, fell 0.9 percent. The ADP National Employment Report showed ...

Latam markets gain on US data; fiscal outlook boosts real SAO PAULO: Latin American currencies and stocks gained on Wednesday after weak US economic data supported ideas that interest rates in the world's largest economy may take longer to rise than many investors are expecting.Nearly every currency in the region strengthened against the dollar while the MSCI Latin American stock index notched its biggest intraday gain in nearly two weeks.Disappointing data on US manufacturing and job growth on Wednesday helped push investors into riskier assets ...

TSX steady as a resource gains offset by banks TORONTO: Canada's main stock index was little changed on Wednesday as strength in the price of commodities such as oil and bullion helped drive gains in the energy and mining sectors, offsetting weakness in the financial sector.Oil prices were higher as negotiations over Iran's nuclear program dragged on.Trading in the benchmark Canadian index, which recorded a gain of 1.9 percent in the first quarter, has been choppy in recent months because of volatility in commodity ...

Britain's FTSE rebounds, manufacturing data helps LONDON: Britain's top share index bounced back on Wednesday, with data showing the country's manufacturing sector grew at the fastest pace in eight months prompting investors to buy equities on the first trading day of the quarter.Online fashion retailer ASOS gained after saying its strategy of cutting prices in international markets was building momentum.The blue-chip FTSE 100 was up 0.5 percent at 6,806.24 points at 1346 GMT, after a 1.7 percent slide on Tuesday that ...

Wall St edges lower after ADP report NEW YORK: US stocks dipped at the open on Wednesday as a weaker-than-expected report on private sector employment raised concerns that Friday's impending jobs report could also point to worsening conditions in the labor market.The ADP National Employment Report showed that U.S. private employers added 189,000 jobs last month, well below economists' expectations for 225,000 jobs. The report was the weakest since January 2014.The private employment reading precedes Friday's jobs data, the most widely watched ...

Sri Lankan shares jump 1.4 percent as investors buy in oversold bourse COLOMBO: Sri Lankan shares rose 1.4 percent on Wednesday to their highest close in nearly one week as investors bought risky assets across the board in an oversold market.Foreign investors bought a net 72.6 million rupees ($546,275) worth of shares, marking their first net buy in eight sessions and extending the net buying this year to 2.98 billion rupees.The main stock index lost 7.31 percent in the 21 sessions through Monday and hit a more ...


ArrowDJIA 17,698.18 0.44
ArrowNasdaq 4,880.23 0.42
ArrowS&P 2,059.69 0.40
ArrowFTSE 6,809.50 0.54
ArrowDAX 12,001.38 0.2
ArrowCAC-40 5,062.22 0.57
ArrowNikkei 19,034.84 0.90
ArrowH.Seng 25,082.75 0.73
ArrowSensex 28,260.14 1.08

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
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