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US stocks mostly up as Fed debate intensifies NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks finished mostly higher Wednesday as US Federal Reserve minutes showed rising debate over recent improvements in the jobs market.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 59.54 points (0.35 percent) to 16,979.13. The broad-based S&P 500 gained 4.91 (0.25 percent) to 1,986.51, narrowly missing a record. The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index slipped 1.03 (0.02 percent) to 4,526.48.Minutes from the July 29-30 Fed meeting showed an intensifying debate on how much the labor market has tightened and how that would impact inflation and the timing of the Fed's plan to raise benchmark interest rates.Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities, said the Fed minutes showed "nothing really new" about the central bank's thinking on interest rates.But James said the market was heartened by commentary from retailers this week that suggest an uptick in consumer spending. "People are feeling much better about retail going into the ...

European stock markets drop, banks in focus LONDON: European stock markets retreated on Wednesday after two days of strong gains, while the euro briefly hit a one-year low against the dollar as markets focused on central bank action.By mid-afternoon, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 0.49 percent to 6,746.24 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 dropped 0.75 percent to 9,264.11 points and in Paris the CAC 40 index lost 0.72 percent to 4,223.88 compared with Tuesday's close, as traders banked recent profits.Five minutes into ...

European stocks end lower LONDON: European stock markets dipped on Wednesday, with Frankfurt's main DAX index shedding 0.21 percent to 9,314.57.London's benchmark FTSE 100 lost 0.35 percent, ending on 6,755.48 points, while in Paris the CAC 40 fell 0.32 percent to 4,240.79 points.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

European shares dip as Carlsberg warns on Russia profits LONDON/PARIS: European shares dipped on Wednesday, ending a two-day rally, with investors rattled by Carlsberg warning that profits would fall this year due to deteriorating conditions in Russia.Shares in the Danish brewer fell 2.8 percent. It derives 35 percent of its profits from Russia, making it a test case of how European companies will be affected by tit-for-tat sanctions between the West and Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.Shares in rival Heineken, however, surged 7.8 ...

Stocks halts rally, BoE minutes stun markets LONDON: World stocks fell on Wednesday as investors braced for the possibility that a major central bank could raise interest rates this year after Bank of England minutes showed two of the bank's nine rate-setters voted for a hike earlier this month.Sterling and UK bond yields also rose after the unexpected shift closer to higher British rates, while record-low euro zone money market rates pushed the euro to its weakest against the dollar in a ...

Banks lift Saudi to 6-year high; Suez project cheers Egypt DUBAI: Banks led Saudi Arabia's stock index to a new six-year peak as trading volumes increased on Wednesday, while Egypt also extended gains. But other Gulf markets were subdued as a summer lull deepened.The Saudi measure rose 0.5 percent to 10,716 points, its highest finish since January 2008. Nearly 270 million shares changed hands, a two-week high: Saudi Arabia has not suffered the summer trading slump of neighbouring bourses.Eight of the 10 largest stocks advanced. ...

Wall St flat ahead of Fed minutes; retailers resilient NEW YORK: US stocks were little changed Wednesday after two days of gains, ahead of the release of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting, as investors shrugged off bleak earnings forecasts from some retailers like Lowe's and Target.Investors will peruse the Fed minutes, which will be released at 2:00 p.m. (1800 GMT), for clues on how soon the central bank plans to hike interest rates. At a two-day meeting of the Federal Open ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,979.13 0.35
Arrow Nasdaq 4,526.48 0.02
Arrow S&P 1,986.51 0.25
Arrow FTSE 6,755.48 0.35
Arrow DAX 9,314.57 0.21
Arrow CAC-40 4,240.79 0.32
Arrow Nikkei 15,454.45 0.03
Arrow H.Seng 25,159.76 0.15
Arrow Sensex 26,314.29 0.40

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 15, 2014
Reserves $14.264 bln