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Vietnam index eases at midday, most big-caps down HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index edged down 0.09 percent at the break on Thursday after hitting a peak, with most large-caps losing ground but cushioned by a rally in PetroVietNam Gas, the country's top firm by market value.The index weakened to 599.84 points by midday, hovering around a strong resistance level of 600 points and after it touched its 3-1/2-month high close of 600.39 points on Wednesday.GAS shares advanced 1.26 percent, covering losses in seven of the top 10 biggest shares by market value. Dairy product maker Vinamilk lost 0.92 percent, and Hanoi-based lender Vietcombank fell 1.29 percent.Volume stood at 73 million shares at the break, close to the five-day average of 94 million, amid positive sentiment and robust domestic trade, supported by solid inflows from foreigners in the previous 14 sessions.Copyright Reuters, 2015


Mobily may weigh on Saudi Arabia after shock earnings restatement DUBAI: Telecommunications firm Mobily may be a major drag on Saudi Arabia's stock market as it resumes trading on Thursday, while Gulf markets in general may remain weak, lacking positive catalysts.Saudi Arabia's stock market regulator suspended trading in Mobily before the market opened last Wednesday, after the company announced it had suffered a $243 million loss in 2014 - instead of an earlier announced profit - and expected to breach covenants on long-term loans.On Wednesday ...

Hong Kong stocks down 0.57pc by break HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares lost 0.57 percent in morning trade Thursday after China unveiled a 2015 growth target of "approximately seven percent", which would be the lowest in 25 years.The benchmark Hang Seng Index fell 138.55 points to 24,326.83 by lunch on turnover of HK$45.22 billion ($5.83 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Tokyo stocks rise 0.17pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks rose 0.17 percent on Thursday morning, with profit taking more than offset by fresh buying on expectations of higher prices ahead.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange climbed 31.68 points to 18,735.28 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section issues was up 0.31 percent, or 4.67 points, at 1,521.68. The market opened lower following a negative lead from Wall Street but buying picked up on the back ...

Hong Kong stocks open 0.78pc lower HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares fell 0.78 percent at Thursday's open after China set an economic growth target of "approximately seven percent" for 2015, while dealers were unimpressed by news of a trial stock connect with Shenzhen's exchange.The benchmark Hang Seng Index eased 190.48 points to 24,274.9.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

China shares mixed in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese shares were mixed on Thursday morning after China set its 2015 economic growth target at "around" seven percent, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.54 percent, or 17.73 points, to 3,261.80.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, edged up 0.17 percent, or 2.79 points, to 1,676.03.China on Thursday set its 2015 economic growth target at about seven percent, lower than actual growth of 7.4 percent last year, Premier ...

Tokyo stocks rise 0.17pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks rose 0.17 percent on Thursday morning, with profit taking more than offset by fresh buying on expectations of higher prices ahead.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange climbed 31.68 points to 18,735.28 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section issues was up 0.31 percent, or 4.67 points, to 1,521.68. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015


 



 
IndexClosingChg%
ArrowDJIA 18,096.90 0.58
ArrowNasdaq 4,967.14 0.26
ArrowS&P 2,098.53 0.44
ArrowFTSE 6,919.24 0.44
ArrowDAX 11,390.38 0.98
ArrowCAC-40 4,917.35 0.99
ArrowNikkei 18,703.60 0.59
ArrowH.Seng 24,465.38 0.96
ArrowSensex 29,380.73 0.72







ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyDecember
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln