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Tobacco stock drop takes shine off strong quarter for UK's FTSE LONDON: Britain's top share index turned lower on Tuesday, hindered by a drop in tobacco companies, but was still headed for its best quarterly gain since 2013, underpinned by a rally in Kingfisher after its trading update.Consumer staple stocks trimmed nearly 16 points off the blue-chip FTSE 100, weighed down by a 2.4 percent fall in British American Tobacco and a 2.6 percent drop in Imperial Tobacco.The sector was pegged back by concern that a proposed merger of U.S. peers Reynolds and Lorillard might fall through. Imperial is set to acquire assets from Reynolds if the deal happens, while BAT has a stake in Reynolds.Imperial Tobacco hit record highs earlier this month and is up 13 percent since the deal was announced."The possibility of regulatory intervention to this deal is affecting the sector, and makes the outlook more cautious," said Chris Beauchamp, market analyst at IG."A lot of the recent ...


Thai shares up slightly in Q1; eyes on martial law lift BANGKOK: Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Tuesday, with the Philippine index posting its best quarterly gain in the region amid end-quarter portfolio buying and foreign inflows, while Thai tourism shares regained some lost ground on plans to lift martial law.Thai SET index finished up 0.6 percent, eking out 0.6 percent gain in the first quarter of the year, Southeast Asia's worst performing bourse.Shares of hotelier Central Plaza Hotel ended the day down 0.8 percent, ...

Indian shares end strong fiscal year with worries about momentum MUMBAI: India's benchmark BSE index posted its worst monthly fall in more than two years, raising concerns a strong rally that saw indexes surge in the fiscal year was waning due to concerns about stock valuations and a more gradual economic growth.For the month, the BSE index fell 4.8 percent, its worst monthly performance since February 2013. The NSE index lost 4.6 percent, its biggest decline since August 2013.The falls provided a weak end to ...

Asian markets mostly up after China easing, US rally HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly rose on Tuesday after China's decision to ease mortgage rules fuelled hopes for further stimulus measures, but afternoon profit-taking pared a morning rally, with Tokyo and Shanghai ending more than one percent lower.While traders were given a strong lead from Wall Street, there is lingering nervousness over Greece's attempts to reform its bailout terms, putting downward pressure on the euro.Sydney added 0.78 percent, or 45.4 points, to 5,891.5 and Seoul ...

Hong Kong shares close 0.18pc higher, Hang Seng Index added 45.77 points HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks ended 0.18 percent higher on Tuesday after China's central bank eased mortgage rules to boost the mainland property market, but Shanghai retreated on profit-taking after a recent surge sent it to a seven-year high.Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index added 45.77 points, to 24,900.89 on turnover of HK$148.88 billion ($19.21 billion).The People's Bank of China on Monday said it would lower minimum downpayments on second homes from 60-70 percent to ...

Hong Kong shares close 0.18pc higher HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks ended 0.18 percent higher Tuesday after China's central bank eased mortgage rules to boost the mainland property market, but Shanghai retreated on profit-taking after a recent surge sent it to a seven-year high.Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index added 45.77 points, to 24,900.89 on turnover of HK$148.88 billion ($19.21 billion).In mainland China the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.02 percent, or 38.67 points, to 3,747.90 on turnover of 721.3 billion ...

European stocks fall at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets fell at the start of trading on Tuesday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dipping 0.05 percent to 6,888.12 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 index dropped 0.26 percent to 12,054.20 points and the CAC 40 in Paris slipped 0.19 percent to 5,073.99 compared with Monday's close.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015


 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,976.31 1.49
Arrow Nasdaq 4,947.44 1.15
Arrow S&P 2,081.24 1.22
Arrow FTSE 6,891.43 0.53
Arrow DAX 12,086.01 1.83
Arrow CAC-40 5,083.52 0.98
Arrow Nikkei 19,411.40 0.65
Arrow H.Seng 24,855.12 1.51
Arrow Sensex 27,975.68 1.88





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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJanuary
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln