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China shares down in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese stocks were lower in morning trade on Tuesday amid worries over a glut of new share offers, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.87 percent, or 29.02 points to 3,307.27.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, slid 0.67 percent, or 11.09 points, to 1,652.56.China's market regulator announced late Monday it had approved 24 initial public offerings, which could divert funds from existing equities.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Hong Kong stocks open 0.39pc higher HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks climbed 0.39 percent in the opening minutes of trade Tuesday following another record-breaking day on Wall StreetThe benchmark Hang Seng Index added 97.18 points to 24,984.62.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Asia markets struggle as profit-taking offsets Wall St rally HONG KONG: Asian equities stuttered in early trade on Tuesday after healthy gains in the previous session attracted profit-takers, offsetting a strong lead from Wall Street.Shanghai lost 1.03 percent after rallying Monday in response to the Chinese central bank's weekend interest rate cut, while Hong Kong pared an initial advance to sit marginally lower.Tokyo eased 0.21 percent and Seoul was flat, while Sydney edged up 0.12 percent ahead of a closely watched interest rate decision ...

Sharp plunges on bank aid report TOKYO: Shares in Sharp tumbled almost 10 percent Tuesday morning after a report said the struggling electronics maker will ask its two main lenders for aid, including a 150 billion yen ($1.24 billion) debt-for-equity swap, as it considers closing money-losing businesses.The firm plunged 9.84 percent to 229.0 yen in the first few minutes of trade before rebounding to stand at 236.0 yen by the break, still down 7.08 percent.Traders were spooked after Japan's leading Nikkei ...

TSX advances as Valeant climbs, offsets weaker oil shares TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rose on Monday as a jump in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc helped offset weakness in the energy sector after the price of Brent crude oil dropped.Brent crude slipped after Iran said a deal on its nuclear program could be done this week if the West lifts sanctions, which could boost the country's oil exports.Valeant shares jumped 3.5 percent to C$254.95 after recent acquisition moves, helping to fuel an advance in ...

S&P, Dow post record closes, dollar hits 11-year high NEW YORK: US stock prices rallied on Monday, with the Nasdaq composite crossing 5,000 for the first time in 15 years, while the dollar touched an 11-year high on expectations the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this year.Wall Street kicked off March on a high note after a stellar February, when the benchmark S&P 500 Index registered its best monthly gain since October 2011. The S&P and Dow Jones industrial average posted record ...

US stocks rally; Nasdaq hits highest level since 2000 NEW YORK: The Nasdaq on Monday closed above 5,000 for the first time since the year 2000 bubble as tech stocks were boosted by deals, while the S&P 500 and Dow indexes hit records after economic data pointed to a slowly accelerating economy.After oscillating around it for much of the day, the Nasdaq composite index gained steam in the late afternoon to finish firmly above the milestone it last reached on March 27 2000, ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,203.37 0.47
Arrow Nasdaq 4,979.90 0.56
Arrow S&P 2,107.78 0.45
Arrow FTSE 6,889.13 0.74
Arrow DAX 11,280.36 1.14
Arrow CAC-40 4,869.25 0.98
Arrow Nikkei 18,815.16 0.06
Arrow H.Seng 24,702.78 0.74
Arrow Sensex 29,593.73 0.46

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln