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Wall St Week Ahead-Spring fever brings hope for US earnings NEW YORK: Earnings season shifts into high gear next week, and with nearly one-third of S&P 500 names set to post results, investors hope the news provides a catalyst to buy stocks and leave the market's recent weakness in the dust. Several behemoths, including Apple, the largest US company by market value, as well as Microsoft, McDonald's and AT&T, are due to report earnings. They'll be accompanied by highfliers like Netflix and Facebook, giving the first real cross-section of the state of corporate America as temperatures rise across the country and investors hope to put the cold weather behind them. Strategists will also be looking for clues on how badly China's slowdown hits US corporate results. The first batch of earnings came out as equities were working their way through a selloff led by trading-crowd favorites like Netflix and the biotech stocks.With the late-week recovery, the hope is that the ...

Taiwan stocks end at highest in more than 34 months TAIPEI: Taiwan stocks hit a more than over 34-month closing high on Friday, surpassing the previous level set on June 9, 2011, with TSMC leading the way after the world's top contract chip maker posted better-than-expected quarterly profits. The main TAIEX index ended up 0.25 percent at 8,966.66. Copyright Reuters, 2014

China shares close nearly flat after property data, earnings BEIJING: China shares closed nearly flat on Friday, with property stocks limiting the market's momentum after data showed Chinese home price rises had slowed further in March. The Shanghai Composite Index ended down 0.05 percent at 2,097.75 points. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings closed flat. On the week, the SSEC index closed down 1.4 percent. Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities rose 7.7 percent in March from ...

Russian stocks bounce after Ukraine deal MOSCOW: Russian shares surged on Friday after a deal struck by Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union boosted hopes of a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine. At 0700 GMT the dollar-denominated RTS index was up 2.8 percent at 1,206 points while the rouble-denominated MICEX rose 2.3 percent to 1,360 points. The gains were broad-based, with gas giant Gazprom up 2.9 percent, Sberbank 2 percent, oil major Lukoil 1.9 percent, and ...

Turkish assets mixed, stocks up on Ukraine optimism ISTANBUL: The Turkish lira eased on Friday in low volumes as the Easter holiday got under way in much of Europe, while stocks were boosted by major powers moving to end tensions in Ukraine. The lira firmed on Thursday after the Turkish central bank dismissed speculation that two senior policymakers would resign. By 0657 GMT, the lira had eased to 2.1304 against the dollar from 2.1229 late on Thursday. The 10-year benchmark bond yield rose ...

Vietnam index ends at 9-week low, more falls expected HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index closed 2.58 percent down on Friday at 565.33 points, its lowest level since Feb. 12, boosted by strong selling from major investors and more falls were expected next week as the market lacked supportive news, analysts said.Most blue chips in Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange's VN30 Index -- which features on the top 30 best performing companies -- lost ground, led by real estate firms and banks.HAGL Co lost ...

Financial markets are closed for long Easter weekend PARIS: Leading financial markets around the world were closed on Friday for the long Easter weekend holiday, except the Tokyo and Shanghai stock markets.The holiday period extends into Monday on most markets.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


ArrowDJIA 16,408.54 0.10
ArrowNasdaq 4,095.52 0.23
ArrowS&P 1,864.85 0.14
ArrowFTSE 6,625.25 0.62
ArrowDAX 9,409.71 0.99
ArrowCAC-40 4,431.81 0.59
ArrowNikkei 14,516.27 0.68
ArrowH.Seng 22,760.24 0.28
ArrowSensex 22,628.84 1.58

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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln