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Asian stocks suffer from fears of Syria intervention HONG KONG: Asian markets were mostly lower Tuesday over fears of US military intervention in Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria it would face action over the "moral obscenity" of a chemical weapons attack, as expectations grow that Washington and its allies are preparing to launch a punitive missile strike.Tokyo ended down 0.69 percent and Seoul closed 0.11 percent lower. But Sydney gained 0.11 percent on profit-taking, following early losses after some poor earnings reports.Surfwear retailer Billabong International plunged 10.6 percent while Seven Group dived 9.6 percent.In the afternoon Hong Kong was down 0.62 percent and Shanghai was off 0.22 percent."Lower futures (contracts), a lower dollar, lower Wall Street stocks, and the heightened probability of an internationalised Syrian conflict should send the market at least modestly lower today," said SMBC Nikko Securities analyst Hiroichi Nishi.Oil prices rose over fears of renewed instability in the Middle East. New ...

Tokyo stocks close down 0.69pc TOKYO: Tokyo stocks fell 0.69 percent Tuesday on nervousness over the international response to alleged chemical weapon use in Syria.The Nikkei 225 index closed 93.91 points lower at 13,542.37, while the Topix index of all first-section issues fell 0.52 percent, or 5.98 points, to 1,134.02.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

Vietnam index loses 0.6pc, blue chips lead fall HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index lost 0.64 percent to 487.4 points by midday, tracking falls on regional markets as foreign investors sold blue chips, analysts said.Shares in Vietnam's two biggest companies by capitalisation lead the fall, with PetroVietnam Gas dipping 0.73 percent to 68,000 dong ($3.22) each and dairy product maker Vinamilk easing 0.71 percent to 139,000 dong per share.Stocks of BaoViet Holdings, Vietnam's biggest insurer, fell 1.79 percent and real estate firm HAGL Co ...

Seoul shares edge up on foreign inflows SEOUL: South Korea shares hit their highest intraday level in five sessions on Tuesday morning as foreign buying of automaker shares and a rally in shipbuilders offset concerns of possible Western military action against Syria for alleged use of chemical weapons.The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was up 0.3 percent at 1,894.26 points as of 0228 GMT, highest intraday level since Aug. 21."The market's strong fundamentals are continuing to attract foreigners to underpin the ...

Philippine stocks fall 4pc to two-month lows BANGKOK: The Philippines' main share index fell more than 4 percent on Tuesday, underperforming other Southeast Asian stocks, amid broad-based selling in large caps led by shares in Ayala Land and Ayala CorpThe main index was down 4.35 percent at 5,892.89, the lowest since June 26, on resuming trade after a three-day weekend.Stocks in Indonesia were down 1.9 percent and Thai stocks fell almost 1 percent. Copyright Reuters, 2013

China shares flat in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese shares were flat in morning trade Tuesday as the market took a breather following a nearly two percent rise the previous session, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.01 percent, or 0.11 points, to 2,096.36. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

Hong Kong stocks down 0.24pc HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks opened 0.24 percent weaker on Tuesday, tracking US shares lower after Washington warned Syria it would face action over the "moral obscenity" of a chemical weapons attack.The benchmark Hang Seng Index fell 52.55 points to 21,952.77 in the first few minutes of trade. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,461.32 0.92
Arrow Nasdaq 4,382.85 0.83
Arrow S&P 1,927.11 0.73
Arrow FTSE 6,399.73 0.43
Arrow DAX 8,940.14 0.60
Arrow CAC-40 4,105.09 0.58
Arrow Nikkei 15,195.77 2.64
Arrow H.Seng 23,403.97 1.37
Arrow Sensex 26,787.23 0.80

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln