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Australia shares edge down on Wall St slide; NZ at record high SYDNEY: Australian shares stepped back from a one-month high on Thursday, as weakness on Wall Street and a mixed picture on Chinese manufacturing activity sidelined buyers.A survey showing China's vast factory sector grew a shade faster in October helped lift stocks of their lows but analysts said the numbers did not yet point to a turnaround for the cooling economy, Australia's largest trade partner.A shooting incident at the Canadian parliament in Ottawa also unnerved investors.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 2.8 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,383.1 points at the close of trade, snapping seven sessions of gains - its longest winning streak since August. The benchmark climbed 1.1 percent on Wednesday.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.2 percent or 13.1 points to finish at a record closing high of 5,292.83 points after benign inflation data suggested official interest rates could stay on hold well into 2015.Copyright Reuters, 2014

South Korean shares inch lower, falls stymied as Hyundai gains 6pc; won lower SEOUL: South Korean shares edged lower on Thursday, weighed by nagging concerns over slowing global growth, although losses were capped by a late rally in Hyundai Motor Co after the release of its third-quarter earnings outlook.The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) shed 0.27 percent to close at 1,931.65.Hyundai Motor missed consensus forecasts by reporting a 29 percent fall in net profit for the July-September quarter, but the automaker said fourth-quarter profit was seen to ...

Asia stocks hobbled by growth anxiety, China PMI fails to impress TOKYO: Asian shares sagged on Thursday after a retreat on Wall Street and falling crude oil prices rekindled investor anxiety over slowing global growth, while a mixed picture on Chinese manufacturing failed to impress markets.Japan's Nikkei share average fell 0.4 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outsideJapan dropped 0.3 percent.European shares look set to slide, with spreadbetters expecting France's CAC 40 to fall as much as 0.8 percent, Germany's DAX 0.7 percent and ...

Russian rouble opens flat against dollar on Thursday MOSCOW: The Russian rouble opened broadly flat on Thursday against both the dollar and the euro after declining substantially late in the previous session on a rapid slide in crude prices.At 0615 GMT, the rouble was 0.1 percent weaker at 41.45 against the dollar and at 52.45 versus the euro.This has left the currency 0.1 percent weaker at 46.40 against the euro-dollar basket the central bank uses to gauge the rouble's nominal exchange rate.Crude prices ...

Tokyo stocks slips 0.37pc by the close TOKYO: Tokyo stocks slipped 0.37 percent Thursday on profit-taking after the previous day's hefty gains and following a sell-off on Wall Street.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange fell 56.81 points to finish at 15,138.96.The broader Topix index of all first-section shares lost 0.33 percent, or 4.07 points to 1,232.34.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Tokyo stocks down 0.17pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks slipped 0.17 percent Thursday morning on profit-taking after the previous day's hefty gains and following a sell-off on Wall Street.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which jumped 2.64 percent on Wednesday, eased 26.20 points to 15,169.57 by the break.The Topix index of all first-section issues was down 0.27 percent, or 3.35 points, to 1,233.06.The "sharp run-up is inviting yet another day of profit-taking", said Daisuke Uno, strategist at Sumitomo ...

Hong Kong stocks down 0.36pc by lunch HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares fell 0.36 percent Thursday morning as data indicating a pick-up in Chinese manufacturing activity was unable to overcome profit-taking following a four-day winning streak.The benchmark Hang Seng Index dipped 83.69 points to 23,320.28 by the break on turnover of HK$25.62 billion ($3.31 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


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