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SE Asia Stocks: Thai index touches near 6 week low ahead of market holiday BANGKOK: The key Thai stock index hit a near 6-week closing low on Tuesday as index heavyweight PTT traded ex-dividend while the Philippine main index came off highs after Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) retreated after a weak earnings guidance.Thai benchmark SET index dropped 1.2 percent to 1,562.84, the lowest close since Jan. 22. PTT shares, the biggest by market value, closed down 2.9 percent.Investors trimmed their risk holdings ahead of a market holiday on Wednesday. Selling hit recent gainers such as telecoms firm Jasmine International Pcl, among high dividend yielding stocks.The Philippine main index erased most of its early gains to end 0.03 percent higher.PLDT shares, the second biggest firm by value, edged down 0.06 percent after rising in early trade after it forecast 2015 net profit to fall for the third consecutive year.The Jakarta composite index eased 0.06 percent from Monday's record closing high of 5,477.83. Large cap ...

German data keeps European shares near multi-year highs LONDON: European stock markets hovered close to multi-year highs on Tuesday, helped by better-than-expected German retail sales data and merger speculation in the Portuguese banking sector. Bid rumours also drove up the shares of French steel pipe maker Vallourec, which rose 7 percent after investment bank Macquarie said Vallourec could be a bid target. Vallourec declined to comment on the speculation. German retail sales rose more by 2.9 percent month-on-month, and 5.3 percent year-on-year, in ...

South Korean won recoups early losses, shares extend 5-month high SEOUL: The South Korean won firmed against the dollar on Tuesday, reversing losses after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) surprised markets by keeping its policy rate steady, with exporters' demand for settlements providing further support.The won was quoted at 1,096.4 to the dollar at the end of onshore trade, compared to 1,100.8 at Monday's close.South Korean shares edged higher on Tuesday to extend a five-month high, breaking above the psychologically important 2,000-point level.The Korea ...

Sri Lankan stocks fall to 3 week closing low on rising market interest rates COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks fell to a three-week closing low on Tuesday and marked their third straight session of losses due to a rise in market interest rates. The central bank raised yields on treasury bills between 86 basis points and 91 basis points at a weekly auction on Tuesday. It scrapped a lower repo penalty rate of 5 percent from Monday, five months after it adopted the measure to boost credit growth. The main ...

Nikkei falls on profit-taking; Sharp dives as it seeks aid TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average edged down in choppy trade on Tuesday as investors took profits from recent gains, while Sharp Corp tumbled on news that it is planning to seek aid from its main lenders as it expects losses to mount this year.The Nikkei ended 0.1 percent lower at 18,815.16 points, snapping a three-day winning streak. It bounced between positive and negative territory.However, the broader Topix ended 0.1 percent higher at 1,526.83 and the ...

European stocks rise at open LONDON: European stock markets rose at the start of trading on Tuesday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index increasing 0.14 percent to 6,950.68 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 climbed 0.13 percent to 11,424.67 points and the CAC 40 index in Paris gained 0.10 percent to 4,922.43 compared with Monday's close.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Asia markets struggle as profit-taking offsets Wall St rally HONG KONG: Asian equities were mostly lower Tuesday after healthy gains in the previous session attracted profit-takers, offsetting a strong lead from Wall Street.Shanghai tumbled 2.20 percent, or 73.24 points, to 3,263.05 after rallying Monday in response to the Chinese central bank's weekend interest rate cut. Hong Kong shed 0.74 percent, or 184.66 points, to end at 24,702.78Tokyo closed flat, slipping 0.06 percent or 11.72 points to 18,815.16. Sydney -- which ended Monday at a ...


ArrowDJIA 18,288.63 0.86
ArrowNasdaq 5,008.10 0.90
ArrowS&P 2,117.39 0.61
ArrowFTSE 6,940.64 0.09
ArrowDAX 11,410.36 0.08
ArrowCAC-40 4,917.32 0.69
ArrowNikkei 18,826.88 0.15
ArrowH.Seng 24,887.44 0.15
ArrowSensex 29,459.14 0.33

ICT 2014

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