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China market plunge sparks sell-off across Asia HONG KONG: A plunge in Chinese stocks dragged Asian markets down Friday after authorities launched a probe into several brokerages and profits at the country's industrial giants sank far more than expected.With Shanghai slumping more than six percent at one point, the sharp losses brought back painful memories of the panic-driven sell-off that struck China's equities markets in the summer, wiping trillions of dollars off valuations.Shares crashed 40 percent between a June 12 peak and mid-August on fears over China's painful growth slowdown and profit-taking following a 150 percent surge over the previous year.They have surged almost 25 percent since that trough after authorities unveiled various measures to prevent further selling -- including suspending new listings -- and government-back funds bought vast quantities of equities.However, this month regulators said they would resume initial public offerings, fanning fears cash would be diverted from established chips and soak up liquidity.Selling intensified Friday ...

Hong Kong stocks follow Shanghai dive HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks ended sharply lower Friday, tracking a plunge in Shanghai, with investors spooked by a Chinese probe of brokerages as well as data showing a dive in China's industrial profits. The benchmark Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong sank 1.87 percent, or 420.62 points, to finish at 22,068.32.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

European stocks retreat at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets opened lower on Friday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index down 0.6 percent at 6,357.42 points.In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 dipped 0.4 percent to 11,277.91 points and the Paris CAC 40 lost 0.6 percent to 4,919.01 compared with Thursday's closing level.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks down by break HONG KONG: Hong Kong and Chinese stocks fell by the lunchtime break on Friday, weighed by the losses of securities firms after China's securities regulator probed two major brokerages.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index sank 1.52 percent by noon, losing 55.37 points to 3,580.18, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index dropped 1.23 percent, or 277.13 points, to 22,211.81.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, fell 1.29 percent, or 30.07 points, to 2,295.62.Copyright ...

Major Chinese brokerage Guosen under investigation SHANGHAI: One of China's biggest brokerages is being investigated by market regulators for suspected "rule violations", it said Friday, weeks after its president hanged himself.The confirmation of the probe into Guosen Securities came a day after the country's largest broker, Citic Securities, said it was being investigated, following inquiries into several of its executives for insider trading.The investigations by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) are part of a growing crackdown on the financial sector ...

Tokyo shares dragged down by weak Japan data in quiet trade TOKYO: Tokyo shares closed lower in quiet trade Friday as disappointing Japanese data added to worries about the health of the world's number three economy. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished down 0.30 percent, or 60.47 points, at 19,883.94, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares lost 0.49 percent, or 7.87 points, at 1,594.45.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

TSX slightly higher despite slip in energy stocks TORONTO: Canada's main stock index edged up on Thursday, helped by a gain in heavyweight pharmaceutical company Valeant and rising material stocks, while energy names slipped in line with a fall in crude oil prices. At 10:09 a.m. EST (1509 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index rose 10.77 points, or 0.08 percent, to 13,414.19. Six of the index's 10 main groups were in positive territory, with three gainers for every two decliners. The ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,798.49 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 5,127.52 0.22
Arrow S&P 2,090.11 0.06
Arrow FTSE 6,375.15 0.28
Arrow DAX 11,293.76 0.24
Arrow CAC-40 4,930.14 0.32
Arrow Nikkei 19,883.94 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 22,068.32 1.87
Arrow Sensex 26,128.20 0.65

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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.197 bln
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