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Tokyo's Nikkei stock index closes 3.01pc higher TOKYO: Tokyo's Nikkei stock index jumped 3.01 percent Wednesday as bargain buying and a weaker yen lifted the Japanese market, following a rise on Wall Street bolstered by strong US corporate earnings.The benchmark Nikkei 225, which tumbled 7.3 percent last week, added 420.87 points to finish at 14,417.68, while the Topix index of all first-section shares tacked on 2.68 percent, or 30.46 points, to 1,166.55.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

China shares down slightly in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese shares were down slightly in morning trade Wednesday as investors awaited the release later in the day of the economic growth figure for the first quarter, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.11 percent, or 2.30 points, to 2,099.30.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, slipped 0.20 percent, or 2.20 points, to 1,083.76.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Asian shares mostly up, China growth beats forecasts HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly rose on Wednesday following a second straight rally on Wall Street, while Chinese economic growth came in slightly above forecasts in the first three months of the year.Japan's Nikkei led regional gains thanks to a weaker yen after the head of the country's central bank said it was on target to meet its inflation target next year.Tokyo jumped 2.26 percent by the break, Hong Kong added 0.51 percent and Sydney ...

Tokyo stocks jump 2.26pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks jumped 2.26 percent Wednesday morning with Japanese exporter shares getting a lift from the weaker yen, following a rise on Wall Street bolstered by strong US corporate earnings.The Nikkei 225 index added 316.92 points to 14,313.73 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section shares climbed 1.92 percent, or 21.79 points, to 1,157.88.The yen declined -- which boosts exporters' profitability -- as Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the ...

Hong Kong stocks up 0.63pc by lunch HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks rose 0.63 percent in the morning session on Wednesday after Chinese first-quarter growth came in slightly above expectations.The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 142.66 points to 22,813.92 by the break on turnover of HK$28.50 billion ($3.68 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

J&J, Coke earnings boost US stocks NEW YORK: US stocks moved higher Tuesday in early trade following solid earnings reports from Dow members Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola.About 35 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 82.13 points (0.51 percent) to 16,255.37.The broad-based S&P 500 jumped 10.78 (0.59 percent) to 1,841.39, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index put on 19.28 (0.48 percent) at 4,041.98.Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson reported earnings of $1.54 a share, six cents above analyst forecasts. ...

Russian markets, ruble fall over Ukraine crisis MOSCOW: The Russian stock markets and the ruble fell in early trading on Monday after clashes between pro-Russian forces and the Kiev authorities in eastern Ukraine.Western powers blame Russia for stirring up the trouble.At about 0730 GMT, Moscow's benchmark MICEX, which is denominated in rubles, had fallen 1.08 percent and the RTS, which is denominated in dollars, had fallen 2.03 percent.Shares in Gazprom energy giant had fallen 1.69 percent.The Russian ruble fell both against the ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,408.54 0.10
Arrow Nasdaq 4,095.52 0.23
Arrow S&P 1,864.85 0.14
Arrow FTSE 6,625.25 0.62
Arrow DAX 9,409.71 0.99
Arrow CAC-40 4,431.81 0.59
Arrow Nikkei 14,516.27 0.68
Arrow H.Seng 22,760.24 0.28
Arrow Sensex 22,628.84 1.58

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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln