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Asian shares down after Yellen hints at rate hike HONG KONG: Asian markets fell on Thursday after the head of the US Federal Reserve hinted that the central bank could raise interest rates sooner than expected.The comments by Janet Yellen followed an expected third successive cut in the Fed's quantitative easing (QE) stimulus programme, and took markets by surprise, boosting the dollar and sending Wall Street tumbling.Tokyo dropped 1.65 percent, or 238.29 points, to 14,224.23, Sydney gave up 1.15 percent, or 61.6 points, to 5,294 and Seoul fell 0.94 percent, or 18.16 points, to close at 1,919.52.Shanghai closed 1.40 percent lower, giving up 28.26 points to 1993.48, while Hong Kong was down 1.84 percent in the afternoon.Emerging markets were also hit as higher borrowing costs could see foreigners repatriating their money back to the United States. QE has been credited with fuelling a boom in developing nations as traders pumped cheaper cash into them in search of better returns ...

Vietnam index down 0.3pc at midday on profit taking HANOI: Vietnam's VN Index fell 0.26 percent at Thursday's break, coming down from a high of more than four years scaled a day earlier and led by selling in equities that rose in recent weeks.Food producer Masan Group led the fall, dropping 1.85 percent while top insurer Baoviet Holdings lost 0.82 percent."Investors took profit out of penny stocks and some blue chips after recent gains," said deputy manager Nguyen Tuan at An Binh Securities.The VN ...

Tokyo stocks close down 1.65pc TOKYO: Tokyo stocks fell 1.65 percent Thursday, following losses on Wall Street after the head of the US central bank indicated interest rates could be hiked earlier than expected.The benchmark Nikkei-225 index lost 238.29 points to finish at 14,224.23, while the Topix index of all first-section issues eased 1.58 percent, or 18.36 points, to 1,145.97.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Singapore shares extend falls for 2nd day, real estate stocks down SINGAPORE: Singapore stocks were poised to post their second consecutive day of declines on Thursday, weighed down by real estate stocks, while the broader Asian market wrestled with worries that US interest rate could rise sooner than expected. The benchmark Straits Times Index declined 0.4 percent to 3067.6 as of 0451 GMT, as MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 1.4 percent.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank might end its ...

Australia shares slide as Yellen spooks investors; Myer hit by soft guidance SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.9 percent on Thursday morning after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen rattled investors by suggesting that interest rate hikes may come sooner than previously thought. Yellen's comments jolted US bond and stock prices lower, with Australian equities falling in sympathy as traders recalibrated the timeline for the Fed's policy tightening. The Fed will probably end its massive bond-buying program this fall, and could start raising interest rates earlier than expected, Yellen ...

Nikkei down 0.4pc as Yellen sours mood, softer yen helps contain losses TOKYO: Japanese stocks retreated from one-week highs on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen raised the prospect of interest rate hikes starting earlier than previously thought, sparking a selloff in equity markets and lifting the US dollar.The weaker yen helped to contain broader market losses as a softer Japanese currency is generally seen as a positive for exporters' income.The Nikkei share average fell 0.4 percent to 14,407.74 in choppy mid-morning trade, after rising to ...

Taiwan stocks fall; banks, energy down TAIPEI: Taiwan stocks fell 0.99 percent on Thursday morning, as losses on Wall Street, continued protests over a trade deal with China and reports about a banking investigation rattled investors. As of 0150 GMT, the main TAIEX index fell 86.26 points to 8604.51, leading losses among other regional and global bourses and extending the previous session's 0.49 percent drop. On Wednesday, student protesters occupied Taiwan's legislature to voice their opposition over a planned cross-strait services ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,387.21 1.65
Arrow Nasdaq 4,681.50 1.89
Arrow S&P 2,029.55 1.34
Arrow FTSE 6,811.61 0.60
Arrow DAX 10,628.58 1.57
Arrow CAC-40 4,624.21 1.09
Arrow Nikkei 17,768.30 1.72
Arrow H.Seng 24,807.28 0.41
Arrow Sensex 29,571.04 1.00

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln