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Hong Kong shares finish higher on Fed relief HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares ended slightly higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve indicated it was in no rush to end quantitative easing and begin raising U.S. interest rates, although gains were trimmed after Chinese export data came in weaker than expected.The Hang Seng Index edged up 0.3 percent to 23,238.99. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong was also 0.3 percent higher.Hong Kong property developers recouped most of their losses from Wednesday as low global interest rates are a key support for their share prices and property prices in the territory.Cheung Kong Holdings gained 2 percent and New World Development 1.1 percent.Bank of China (BOC) was a drag on the index. It lost 0.9 percent, hurt by a state TV report alleging some branches had helped clients launder money to take out of China. BOC denied this, saying the branches were involved ...

Still shaky despite Fed assurance LONDON: European shares were back in negative territory on Thursday, a brief lift from U.S. Federal Reserve meeting minutes proving short-lived as investors worried whether markets could go it alone without the U.S. central bank's emergency support.Faith in a rally in share prices dating back almost three years has more shaky over the past month than for some time, as the Fed nears what looks like a definitive end to its programme of new money-printing.The ...

Weaker FTSE underpinned by Burberry, Barratt, AB Foods updates LONDON: UK shares inched lower on Thursday as caution over earnings in the United States, where British firms have significant revenue exposure, outweighed the impact of robust domestic corporate updates.Minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting, which showed the US central bank was still in no rush to begin raising interest rates, helped to limit the losses.Luxury brand Burberry posted a 12 percent rise in like-for-like retail sales for its fiscal first quarter to June ...

India, Indonesia lead emerging market gains on reform hopes LONDON: Indian shares surged more than 1.5 percent on Thursday, approaching recent record highs and bonds rallied in reaction to a growth-focused budget, outgunning the gains on broader emerging market assets.Mumbai-listed stocks were lifted after an initial dip as shares of financial firms such as IDFC and ICICI Bank gained from a move to raise the foreign direct investment limit in the insurance sector.The first budget from India's new government also stuck to the previous ...

European shares extend fall on Portugal woes, Italy data LONDON: European shares extended losses on Thursday, weighed down by heavy falls in southern indexes after weak economic data from Italy and mounting concern about the financial health of Portugal's largest listed bank.Lisbon's PSI Index fell 3 percent by 0910 GMT, lagging all other European benchmarks, after shares and bonds of the chief shareholder in Banco Espirito Santo were suspended over "material difficulties" at its parent company ESI.Italy's FTSE MIB fell 1.7 percent after data ...

Indian shares end lower in volatile trade after budget MUMBAI: Indian shares ended lower in a volatile session as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's pledge to narrow the fiscal deficit and open up sectors such as insurance and defence were offset by disappointment over the lack of major reforms.Investors also booked profits, with some citing the lack of details on how the government would keep its promise to stick to the fiscal deficit target of 4.1 percent of gross domestic product for the year ending ...

Hong Kong shares end 0.27pc higher, Hang Seng Index rose 62.92 points HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares ended 0.27 percent higher Thursday, taking the lead from Wall Street while Chinese data showed export growth picking up in June.The benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 62.92 points to 23,238.99 on turnover of HK$47.61 billion (US$6.14 billion).Wall Street ended a two-day losing run thanks to an upbeat assessment of the US economy by Federal Reserve policymakers as the minutes of their June board meeting were released.The minutes showed the Fed ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,232.02 0.29
Arrow Nasdaq 5,089.36 0.03
Arrow S&P 2,126.06 0.22
Arrow FTSE 7,031.72 0.05
Arrow DAX 11,815.01 0.42
Arrow CAC-40 5,142.89 0.07
Arrow Nikkei 20,264.41 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 27,992.83 1.70
Arrow Sensex 27,957.50 0.53

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyMay 21, 2015
Reserves $17.75 bln