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Taiwan stocks rise; airlines sustain gains on cross-strait transit deal  TAIPEI: Taiwan stocks rose 0.26 percent on Tuesday, with airlines and travel agencies benefiting from a cross-strait deal on transiting passengers.As of 0136 GMT, the main TAIEX index was up 25.96 points at 9672.02, largely in line with the mixed showing in other regional bourses, after closing flat on Monday.Major carriers Eva Airways Corp and China Airlines Ltd sustained their gains from the previous session, rising 3.33 and 1 percent, respectively, and boosting the overall transport subindex by 0.46 percent.A recently-struck deal that allows mainland Chinese passengers to transit through Taiwan was the main catalyst for the gains.Also benefiting was travel agency Lion Travel Service Co Ltd , which surged 6.69 percent.The Taiwan dollar was up T$0.044 to stand at T$30.527 to the US dollar.Copyright Reuters, 2015

Nikkei's winning streak runs into profit-taking TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Tuesday morning, snapping a seven-day winning streak as investors took profits after the recent gains made on optimism over the economy's recovery and higher shareholder returns.The Nikkei 225 dropped 0.1 percent to 20,395.69 by mid-morning, flitting between positive and negative territory.If the benchmark index close stronger it would make gains for eight straight days - the longest winning streak since last August.The Nikkei has gained 4.3 percent ...

Hong Kong shares near 7-year high on fund flow optimism, China up SHANGHAI: Hong Kong stocks jumped early on Tuesday, flirting with seven-year highs, on expectations of more fund flows from the mainland following Beijing's moves to expedite cross-border investment.The Hang Seng index added 1.3 percent to 28,357.96 points by 0206 GMT. The Hong Kong China Enterprises Index gained 2.5 percent to 14,790.16.On the mainland, stocks were also firmer. The CSI300 Index and the Shanghai Composite Index both rose around 0.5 percent to fresh seven-year highs, while ...

South Korea won falls to near two-week low; shares edge down SEOUL: The South Korean won joined most of its regional peers to fall against the dollar on Tuesday, touching a near two-week low by midday.The won was down 0.7 percent at 1,097.5 per dollar as of 0248 GMT, the lowest level since May 14. It closed 1,090.1 on Friday. South Korean markets were closed on Monday for the Buddha's birthday holiday.The dollar was strengthened by hawkish remarks from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and a ...

Asian shares turn higher as China rallies, dollar up TOKYO: Asian shares turned higher on Tuesday, reversing earlier losses on the back of gains in Hong Kong and China, while the dollar extended highs scaled in holiday-thinned trading in the previous session.European shares marked a weak finish in thin trade on Monday, with many markets in the region closed for holidays. US markets were also closed for Memorial Day.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.5 percent, after eking out a late ...

TSX slips in slow trade on energy pullback TORONTO: Canada's main stock index slipped on Monday as investors took money out of recently rising energy stocks, but gave muted backing to banks ahead of their closely watched week of quarterly earnings reports. Trade was slow, with US markets closed for the Memorial Day holiday. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index dropped 13.36 points, or 0.09 percent, to close at 15,187.40. Copyright Reuters, 2015

Greek, French, Italian shares fall in thin trading LONDON: European equities fell on Monday, tracking Friday's losses on Wall Street and as a Greek minister said Athens cannot make debt repayments next month unless Greece reaches a deal with its creditors. Greece's ATG index fell 2.5 percent on the comments by Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis during a weekend TV show. After four months of talks with its euro zone partners and the IMF, the leftist-led government is still scrambling for a deal that ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,162.99 0.67
Arrow Nasdaq 5,106.59 1.47
Arrow S&P 2,123.48 0.92
Arrow FTSE 7,033.33 1.21
Arrow DAX 11,771.13 1.26
Arrow CAC-40 5,182.53 1.95
Arrow Nikkei 20,472.58 0.17
Arrow H.Seng 28,081.21 0.60
Arrow Sensex 27,564.66 0.12

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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 $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 26, 2015
Reserves $17.749 bln