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Nikkei rises to 2-week high on weak yen; Ebola-related stocks soar TOKYO: Japanese shares rose to a two-week high on Friday as the weaker yen lifted exporters, while renewed fears about the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States bolstered Ebola-related stocks such as Fujifilm Holdings Corp .The Nikkei share average ended 1.0 percent higher to 15,291.64, the best closing level since Oct 10.For the week, the index gained 5.2 percent.Tokyo-listed shares in firms manufacturing Ebola-related products jumped in response to news that a New York City doctor who had worked with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders in Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America's largest city.Air filter manufacturer Airtech Japan Ltd leapt 17 percent, while health protection device maker Shigematsu Works Co Ltd soared 10 percent.Fujifilm, which makes the Avigan drug hoped to be a potential cure for the deadly virus, also rose 2.5 percent.The yen was at 107.97 against the ...

Asia markets mixed despite Wall Street gains HONG KONG: Asian markets were mixed Friday following strong gains on Wall Street, with Tokyo enjoying a significant bump due to the dollar's rise against the yen.Tokyo rose 0.79 percent by the break and Shanghai climbed 0.20 percent in early trade, but Hong Kong slipped 0.33 percent in the morning, Seoul shed 0.48 percent and Sydney was down 0.20 percent.The dollar -- trading at its strongest levels in two weeks -- rose into the 108-yen ...

Asian stocks advance on positive earnings, data TOKYO: Asian shares climbed on Friday after upbeat US corporate earnings, solid US economic data, and an unexpected uptick in euro zone business sentiment helped ease concerns that the global economy was losing momentum.Japan's Nikkei share average rose 1.4 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent.Results from Caterpillar Inc and 3M Co reassured investors that companies with large overseas revenue streams could deliver solid profits, despite concerns about ...

Hong Kong stocks down 0.14pc by lunch HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares fell 0.14 percent Friday morning after China Construction Bank reported its worst quarter in more than five years and China's National Bureau of Statistics revealed mainland house prices fell again in September. The benchmark Hang Seng Index dipped 33.1 points to 23,300.08 by the break on turnover of HK$25.62 billion ($3.31 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Tokyo stocks close up 1.01pc TOKYO: Tokyo stocks rose 1.01 percent by the close on Friday, helped by a weaker yen and after strong gains on Wall Street.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange ended up 152.68 points at 15,291.64, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares rose 0.81 percent, or 9.98 points, to 1,242.32.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Australian shares rise, led by banks; NY Ebola reports temper gains SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares added 0.4 percent on Friday, underpinned by financials and yield stocks, although the index fell from its highs after reports a doctor who had recently returned to New York from West Africa had tested positive for Ebola.The doctor was working for humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, one of three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak.High-yielding financials underpinned the index, with Commonwealth Bank of Australia rising 0.7 percent ...

Taiwan stocks fall, NY Ebola reports weigh TAIPEI: Taiwan stocks fell on Friday, following cues from overseas markets amid nervousness on reports of the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the world's financial hub of New York.A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City after treating Ebola victims in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, the New York Times said on Thursday.As of 0150 GMT, the main TAIEX index fell 54.33 points to 8,676.74, after closing ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,677.90 1.32
Arrow Nasdaq 4,452.79 1.60
Arrow S&P 1,950.82 1.23
Arrow FTSE 6,419.15 0.30
Arrow DAX 9,047.31 1.20
Arrow CAC-40 4,157.68 1.28
Arrow Nikkei 15,138.96 0.37
Arrow H.Seng 23,333.18 0.30
Arrow Sensex 26,851.05 0.24

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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 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln