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South Korean shares enjoy biggest daily gain in 11 months; won firmer SEOUL: South Korean shares soared on Monday, producing their largest one-day percentage gain in 11 months as better-than-expected U.S economic data sparked a relief rally in equity markets worldwide. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) climbed 1.55 percent to close at 1,930.06 points. It was the biggest one-day rise since Nov. 15, 2013. The South Korean won firmed on Monday, supported by demand for the local currency as offshore players bought back oversold stocks. Foreign investors bought a net 26.2 billion won ($24.73 million) of shares on the main bourse on Monday, snapping a 12-day selling streak where they repatriated a net 2.4 trillion won ($2.27 billion) worth. The local currency was quoted at 1,059.6 to the dollar at the conclusion of onshore trade, compared to Friday's closing rate of 1,065.9.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Nikkei posts biggest gain since June 2013; Abenomics in focus as ministers quit TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average surged 4.0 percent on Monday to post its biggest daily rise since June 2013 as investors took heart from upbeat US data and the weaker yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co.Also underpinning the market was news that Japan's $1.2 trillion public pension fund will likely raise its allocation to domestic stocks to about 25 percent from 12 percent at present.People familiar with the process ...

Tokyo shares soar 3.98pc by close on weaker yen, Wall St rally TOKYO: Tokyo stocks jumped 3.98 percent on Monday, following sharp gains on Wall Street and as a weaker yen boosted exporters' shares.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which had closed at a five-month low on Friday, rose 578.72 points to finish at 15,111.23. The broader Topix index of all first-section shares jumped 4.0 percent, or 47.12 points, to 1,224.34.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

China shares rise on hope for moves, Hong Kong up on US data SHANGHAI: China shares rose on Monday on speculation of further policy easing after news that the country's central bank was set to inject funds into to several banks, while Hong Kong's market gained on positive US data.The People's Bank of China is set to inject about 200 billion yuan ($32.66 billion) worth of three-month loans into five or six listed banks to keep liquidity ample and support the slowing Chinese economy, four sources with knowledge ...

Markets may consolidate after big rebound; investors still cautious DUBAI: Middle East stock markets may consolidate on Monday after most bourses rebounded on Sunday, catching up with global equities, but then edged down from their intra-day highs.Sunday's rebound established at least a short-term bottom for most regional markets after heavy losses last week, and showed that some retail investors are still willing to buy stocks.But the past week also underlined that investors in the region are for the moment taking their cues from Western ...

Asian shares, dollar cheered by upbeat US data TOKYO: Asian stocks started the week on a brighter note on Monday, after solid US data and earnings calmed tumult in global financial markets and reassured investors worried about the health of the world economy. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment was surprisingly strong in early October, rising to more than a seven-year high. Other data also showed new housing starts rose more than expected last month, suggesting US economic growth was ...

Taiwan stocks rebound; TSMC, Hon Hai, food makers jump TAIPEI: Taiwan stocks rebounded 1.3 percent on Monday, helped by gains in TSMC and other tech heavyweights and after a rally on Wall Street on Friday lifted investor sentiment across the region.At about half an hour into trade, the main TAIEX index had jumped to 8,621.72. It ended down 1.4 percent on Friday amid a sell-off by foreign investors.Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world's top contract chip maker, was up 1.2 percent, while Hon ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,380.41 1.63
Arrow Nasdaq 4,258.44 0.97
Arrow S&P 1,886.76 1.29
Arrow FTSE 6,310.29 1.85
Arrow DAX 8,850.27 3.12
Arrow CAC-40 4,033.18 2.92
Arrow Nikkei 14,532.51 1.40
Arrow H.Seng 23,023.21 0.53
Arrow Sensex 26,108.53 0.42

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 10, 2014
Reserves $13.401 bln