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Tokyo stocks end at three-month high after upbeat US data TOKYO: Tokyo stocks closed at a fresh three-month high Thursday, in line with a broad rally across Asia following upbeat US data while a weaker yen provided support to Japanese exporters.The latest batch of economic reports out of Washington -- on jobless claims, new-home sales and durable goods orders -- reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates at its December policy meeting."US economic data was in line with expectations and provides some comfort," Mitsushige Akino, executive officer at Ichiyoshi Asset Management, told Bloomberg News."Investors expect markets will rise after the US rate hike since uncertainty will be dispelled. They want to buy stocks now."The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished up 0.49 percent, or 96.83 points, at 19,944.41, its highest close since late August and just shy of the psychologically key 20,000 mark.The broader Topix index of all first-section shares gained 0.48 percent, or ...

US stocks open a tick higher NEW YORK: US stocks opened slightly higher Wednesday following a stream of mixed economic data in the last trading session ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 17,815.96, up 3.77 points (0.02 percent). The broad-based S&P 500 added 0.54 (0.03 percent) at 2,089.68, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rose 6.51 (0.13 percent) to 5,109.32.US data showed a dip in weekly jobless claims, but a disappointing gain ...

European equities rebound LONDON: Europe's main stock markets rebounded Wednesday from the previous day's losses, but spiking geopolitical tensions continued to dominate investor sentiment.The region's equities had fallen Tuesday with airlines and hotel groups hit by a US travel warning and the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey.Asian markets retreated Wednesday, also mirroring a sell-off in tourism-linked firms in the United States overnight.The incident also sent oil prices up on concern about supplies in the crude-rich Middle ...

CIB helps Egypt rebound; Saudi market flat DUBAI: A bounce in shares of Commercial International Bank (CIB) helped Egypt's stock market rebound from near technical support early on Wednesday, while Saudi Arabia's market was flat.CIB, a traditional favourite of foreign investors, is down 22 percent from its level three weeks ago, hit by concern that Egypt might soon devalue its currency. Tourism revenues there are sagging in the wake of last month's apparent bombing of a Russian pasenger jet over the Sinai.However, ...

European shares led higher by dividend hikers Metro and LafargeHolcim LONDON: European shares rose on Wednesday, buoyed after German retailer Metro and construction firm LafargeHolcim both announced new dividends.The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was 0.9 percent higher at 1,495.17, having fallen 1.6 percent over the first two sessions of the week.German retailer Metro gained 5.2 percent after it raised its annual dividend more than expected and said it would pay out more of its profits every year from now on, citing the positive effects of restructuring ...

Stocks up, oil slides as concerns ease over Russia-Turkey tension LONDON: European stocks moved higher and oil prices reversed course and fell 1 percent on Wednesday as investors' concerns eased over the potential fallout of Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet.A Reuters report that euro zone central bank officials are considering whether to stagger charges on banks hoarding cash or to buy more debt ahead of the next European Central Bank meeting pushed the euro lower.At 0930 GMT the FTSEuroFirst 300 index of ...

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 ...


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%
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