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Biotech shares drop, Amarin plunges 20pc NEW YORK: Biotech stocks were among the weakest sectors on Friday, falling as investors continued to take profit in the high-flying sector.The Nasdaq Biotech index is down 0.9 percent, falling for a seventh session out of the past nine.Biotechs are a frequent target for profit-taking, as many investors view the group which largely trades on future growth prospects and such volatile elements as drug pipeline progress as overvalued. Vertex Pharmaceuticals lost 1.2 percent to $93.10 while Amgen was off 0.9 percent to $137.64 and Regeneron Pharma lost 1 percent to $346.82.Amarin Corp fell 20 percent on the Nasdaq, dropping to $1.44 after the company said the Food and Drug Administration had rejected a preset testing process for the second time.The stock was the biggest decliner in the Nasdaq Biotech index and was suffering its biggest one-day decline since Jan. 21. It is down almost 30 percent year-to-date.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Asian shares mixed as global sentiment sinks HONG KONG: Asian stocks were mixed Friday as investors awaited the release of Chinese economic statistics at the weekend and global sentiment was dampened by the upcoming Scottish independence vote and weak inflation data.Tokyo climbed to a fresh eight-month high, gaining 0.25 percent, or 39.09 points, to 15,948.29 as the yen lost further ground against the greenback, shrugging off a weak lead from Wall Street.Hong Kong stocks eased 0.27 percent, or 67.32 points, to 24,595.32 ...

Russian shares rebound after EU sanctions, rouble hits new low MOSCOW: Russian stocks rebounded on Friday as investors concluded that the market had over-reacted to new European Union sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis, but the rouble hit a new record low against the dollar.The EU's new sanctions further restrict access to foreign capital for Russia's largest state-controlled companies, including top energy firms. The United States was expected to follow on Friday with similar measures, targeting Russia's largest bank Sberbank.At 0755 GMT, the dollar-denominated ...

Hong Kong shares end 0.27pc lower HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks slipped 0.27 percent Friday as investors awaited the release of Chinese statistics at the weekend that will shed light on the strength of the world's second largest economy.The Hang Seng Index fell 67.32 points to 24,595.32 on turnover of HK$61.17 billion ($7.90 billion).In China the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.88 percent, or 20.27 points, to 2,331.95 on turnover of 162.1 billion yuan ($26.4 billion).The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks ...

Tokyo stocks close up 0.25pc at fresh eight-month high TOKYO: Tokyo stocks gained 0.25 percent to close at a fresh eight-month high on Friday as the yen lost more ground against the dollar, shrugging off a weak lead from Wall Street.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose 39.09 points to 15,948.29, its best finish since early January, while the Topix index of all first-section shares rose 0.19 percent, or 2.48 points, to 1,313.72.The Nikkei is now within a few hundred points ...

China shares rise on loan data, gains by shipbuilders HONG KONG: China shares rose on Friday, as August lending data helped ease some growth fears and two shipbuilding conglomerates led gains on reforms in that industry.Chinese banks made 702.5 billion yuan ($114.6 billion) of new loans in August, picking up from an abrupt drop the previous month.The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 0.9 percent to 2,331.95 points and was up 0.2 percent for the week. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings ...

Australia shares slip on rising bond yields, down 1.2pc for week SYDNEY: Australian shares dipped 0.3 percent on Friday as investors slipped out of equities on the back of rising bond yields, though an uptick among recently-routed resource stocks kept a lid on losses.The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 15 points to 5,531.1 at the close of trade, and was 1.2 percent lower this week, its biggest weekly drop in five weeks. The benchmark index has fallen seven out of the past 10 sessions.New Zealand's benchmark NZX ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,031.14 0.26
Arrow Nasdaq 4,518.90 1.07
Arrow S&P 1,984.13 0.07
Arrow FTSE 6,804.21 0.04
Arrow DAX 9,659.63 0.09
Arrow CAC-40 4,428.63 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 15,948.29 0.25
Arrow H.Seng 24,356.99 0.97
Arrow Sensex 26,816.56 0.90

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 15, 2014
Reserves $13.414 bln