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Tokyo stocks down 0.80pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks fell 0.80 percent on Friday morning after three days of gains that pushed the benchmark index to a 15-year high, and despite a strong lead from Wall Street where the Nasdaq hit a record.The Nikkei 225 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange slipped 161.31 points to 20,026.34 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section shares eased 0.45 percent, or 7.34 points, to 1,617.53.Selling was enhanced as the yen rose against the dollar, hurting exporters, after data Thursday showed fresh claims for US unemployment insurance benefits edged up marginally, while sales of new homes plunged in March.The dollar dipped to 119.50 yen from 119.55 yen in New York and 120.10 yen seen earlier Thursday in Asia."The US economy is growing but at a pace slower than had been expected," Rakuten Securities senior market analyst Masayuki Doshida told Bloomberg News.Some of Japan's largest companies begin reporting earnings ...

Hong Kong stocks shed 0.69pc by break HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks sank 0.69 percent in Friday's morning session, tracking losses in Shanghai after a recent rally and despite a record-breaking close on Wall Street.Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index fell 191.75 points to 27,635.95 by lunch on turnover of HK$87.28 billion ($11.26 billion).In mainland China the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.76 percent, or 77.75 points, to 4,336.76.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, dropped 1.37 percent, ...

Nasdaq sets new record 15 years after dot-com crash NEW YORK: The Nasdaq exchange smashed its 15-year-old record Thursday, breaking through the old mark set at the peak of the dot-com boom in 2000.The Nasdaq Composite Index added 0.42 percent (20.89 points) to finish at 5,056.06, finally making up all the nearly 4,000 points lost in a stunning crash that followed the previous closing mark of 5,048.62 set on March 10, 2000.A final-hour sell-off prevented the S&P 500 from surpassing its own previous record ...

Shares flat on earnings, oil jumps on Middle East worry NEW YORK: Stocks in major markets shook off soft data in big economies to hold near the unchanged mark on Thursday, while oil prices climbed on Middle East tensions.US stocks were little changed. Some strong earnings from AT&T, up 2.6 percent to $33.73, and eBay, up 3.7 percent to $58.84, and a rise in energy-related shares offset weaker manufacturing data along with lackluster reports on the housing and labor markets."There is a little bit less ...

German bond yields stabilise as weak data shows scale of QE task LONDON: German bond yields stabilised after a sharp rise in recent days as weak private sector growth data reaffirmed the size of the ECB's quantitative easing task in buttressing the euro zone's fragile recovery.German yields remain on track for one of their weakest weeks this year but the 10-year yields fell 1 basis point to 0.16 percent after the data, having hit a two-week high of 0.176 percent in early trading."What we have this morning ...

China stocks hit 7-year high, weak factory activity fans stimulus optimism SHANGHAI: China stocks rose to fresh seven-year highs on Thursday, with weaker-than-expected factory activity data reinforcing expectations of fresh government stimulus.The flash HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) showed that China's factory activity in April contracted at its fastest pace in a year, suggesting that economic conditions are still deteriorating.Barclays said in a research note that it expects "stepped-up policy easing measures to stabilise the property market, boost infrastructure investment, and lower the cost of financing ...

UK's FTSE back near record high as utility stocks rise LONDON: Britain's top equity index pushed higher on Thursday, boosted by a bump-up for utilities stocks just two weeks before a general election, while mining stocks also outperformed.United Utilities climbed 1.1 percent, SSE advanced 1.4 percent and National Grid rose 0.6 percent after investment bank Citigroup said the sector would be favoured as a protection against any market volatility caused by the election.Utility stocks are often preferred in times of market unease due to their ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,037.97 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 5,060.25 0.63
Arrow S&P 2,108.92 0.41
Arrow FTSE 7,103.98 0.47
Arrow DAX 12,039.16 1.93
Arrow CAC-40 5,268.91 1.30
Arrow Nikkei 19,983.32 0.18
Arrow H.Seng 28,433.59 1.33
Arrow Sensex 27,176.99 0.95

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln