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Euro rallies after ECB-driven drop as stocks climb NEW YORK: The euro turned up on Thursday, bouncing back from losses caused by European central bankers rolling out sub-zero interest rates in a battle against low inflation, as Wall Street stock prices and yields on U.S. Treasuries climbed.The euro, a common currency used by 18 countries that a month ago traded at a hair under $1.40, on Thursday last stood at $1.3608 after touching a four-month low of $1.3504.The euro is down more than 1 percent so far in 2014 against the dollar, which was down 0.1 percent on Thursday against the Japanese yen and 0.30 percent against the British pound at $1.6784.The dollar index, which measures the dollar against a basket of currencies, was initially up and brushed a high last seen on Feb. 7 before easing 0.11 percent.In a bid to boost the euro zone economy and avoid Japan-like deflation, the European Central Bank cut its interest ...

South Africa stocks benefit from European stimulus JOHANNESBURG: South African share prices edged slightly higher on Thursday as a European Central Bank decision to cut rates buoyed local gold stocks such as AngloGold Ashanti.The ECB announced a raft of stimulus measures, such as cutting rates and imposing negative rates on its overnight depositors, to boost the eurozone economy.Spot gold jumped 1 percent after the ECB announcement, helping to push Johannesburg's bullion index 0.7 percent higher."We have seen a bit of turnaround in ...

UK's FTSE falls as sterling rises, misses out on Europe equity rally LONDON: Britain's top equity index fell on Thursday, missing out on a broader rally among Europe's stock markets which were boosted by new European Central Bank (ECB) economic stimulus measures.Traders said the UK's benchmark FTSE 100 index was hindered by the fact that the ECB's measures had led to the sterling currency rising against the euro, since a strong pound can impact the ability of British companies to export overseas.The ECB cut interest rates to ...

Latam stocks, currencies rise following ECB rate cut SAO PAULO: Latin American stocks and currencies gained on Thursday after the European Central Bank unleashed measures to support the euro zone economy, boosting the outlook for global liquidity and feeding risk appetite.Nearly every currency in the region strengthened modestly, with the MSCI Latin American stock index posting its biggest one-day gain in two weeks.The ECB cut all its main interest rates to record lows on Thursday while imposing negative interest rates on its overnight ...

European stocks surge, DAX to record, after ECB rate cuts LONDON: European stock markets jumped on Thursday, with Germany's top index hitting a record high, after the European Central Bank cut its key interest rates to new all-time lows as part of a set of measures to prevent deflation.Frankfurt's DAX 30 rose more than 0.8 percent to breach 10,000 points for the first time ever after the ECB lowered its deposit rate into negative territory for the first time. It later stood at 9,971.03 with ...

US stocks rise after ECB rate cuts NEW YORK: US stocks Thursday edged to new highs in early trade after the European Central Bank unveiled a series of interest rate cuts to stimulate growth and counter deflation.About 30 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 21.66 points (0.13 percent) to 16,759.19.The broad-based S&P 500 inched 0.23 of a point (0.01 percent) higher to 1,928.11, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index tacked on 5.63 (0.13 percent) at 4,257.28.Both the Dow and ...

Russian stocks rise, rouble firms on muted sanctions threat LONDON: Russian stocks inched to three-month highs on Thursday and the rouble firmed, shrugging off muted sanction threats from the West and focusing on euro zone policy easing expectations that are boosting emerging markets across the board.The euro languished near four-month lows as investors waited to see if the European Central Bank would cut interest rates into negative territory as expected or even hint at Fed-style asset purchases to avert the bloc's deflation threat.The ECB ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.23 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 4,863.36 0.27
Arrow S&P 2,056.15 0.24
Arrow FTSE 6,895.33 1.37
Arrow DAX 11,843.66 0.18
Arrow CAC-40 5,006.35 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 19,471.12 1.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,497.08 0.13
Arrow Sensex 27,457.58 2.33

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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln