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Britain's FTSE advances, housebuilders rally ahead of spending review LONDON: British shares advanced on Wednesday as investors warmed to housebuilders ahead of finance minister George Osborne's planned increase in spending on the housing sector.Finance minister George Osborne is set to announce an increase in spending on housing to support the construction of around 400,000 new homes as part of the autumn spending review, due to be presented at 1230 GMT.Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon, Barratt Developments and Berkeley Group were all trading up between 3.5 percent to 5.4 percent, while mid-cap Zoopla was also up 0.5 percent, and estate agent Foxtons Group advanced 3 percent."The housebuilders have done pretty well recently anyway, so they've got a bit of wind in their sails," said Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, noting the importance of the sector to the British economy."As long as interest rates remain low, it's hard to see what's going to stop that," he added.The Thomson Reuters UK homebuilding ...

Philippines stock closes at more than two-week high BANGKOK: Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Wednesday, with shares in the Philippines closing at over two-week highs a day ahead of third-quarter economic data but the Singapore index reversed early gains after the city-state softened growth outlook.The Philippine key index climbed 0.95 percent to a more than two-week closing high of 7,059.14, with shares of Aboitiz Equity Ventures and Energy Development Corp leading top gainers amid foreign-led buying, stock exchange data showed.Philippine economic ...

Dollar weighs on EM assets; Turkish shares hit 6week low LONDON: Turkish shares hit six-week lows on Wednesday and the lira extended losses on fears that rising tensions with Russia could hurt the already shaky economy.Other emerging assets were pressured by the dollar's rise.Ankara and Moscow have traded words over the downing of a Russian warplane that allegedly violated Turkish airspace and fears are growing that the events will sour multi-billion dollar trade and tourism ties between the countries.MSCI's emerging equity index was flat though ...

Hong Kong shares end down on geopolitical fears HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks finished lower Wednesday, in line with a broad regional sell-off as geopolitical tensions hit markets following Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet.The benchmark Hang Seng Index lost 0.40 percent, or 89.63 points, to finish at 22,498.00.But Shanghai rose on signs of market stabilisation despite the looming resumption of initial public offerings, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.88 percent, or 31.82 points, to 3,647.93 and the Shenzhen Composite ...

European stock markets rebound at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets rose at the start of trading on Wednesday, rebounding slightly from hefty losses the previous day.London's benchmark FTSE 100 index won almost 0.5 percent to 6,307.86 points, as investors awaited the British government's budget update due at 1230 GMT. In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 added 0.2 percent to 10,958.40 points and the Paris CAC 40 also gained 0.2 percent compared with Tuesday's closing level to open at 4,830.22.Equities had ...

China shares end higher as tech shares surge SHANGHAI: China's tech-heavy start-up board ChiNext jumped nearly 3 percent on Wednesday to a 4-month high, lifting the broader market, which was initially dragged by cyclical sectors.The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.7 percent, to 3,781.61, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.9 percent, to 3,647.93 points.Investors, encouraged by a series of government policies to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, ploughed money into tech stocks, while paying little heed ...

Gulf markets narrowly mixed in early trade DUBAI: Gulf stock markets were mixed in narrow ranges during early trade on Wednesday, with buyers reluctant to commit in the absence of positive corporate news and because of geopolitical tension after Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane on Tuesday.The Dubai index edged down 0.2 percent as builder Arabtec, the most heavily traded stock, rebounded 0.9 percent after sinking 4.3 percent on Tuesday. Real estate firms were soft with Emaar down 0.5 percent.Abu Dhabi edged ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,798.49 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 5,127.52 0.22
Arrow S&P 2,090.11 0.06
Arrow FTSE 6,375.15 0.28
Arrow DAX 11,293.76 0.24
Arrow CAC-40 4,930.14 0.32
Arrow Nikkei 19,883.94 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 22,068.32 1.87
Arrow Sensex 26,128.20 0.65

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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.197 bln
Exports $1.729 bln
Imports $3.926 bln
WeeklyNovember 23, 2015
Reserves $19.713 bln