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South Korean stocks hit over 5-month high on foreign buying, won extends gains SEOUL: South Korean shares hit their highest levels in more than five month highs on foreign buying, but gains were capped by profit taking following a five-day rally, while the won firmed on robust capital inflows.The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was up 0.1 percent at 2,011.97 points as of 0235 GMT after hitting as high as 2,015.37, the strongest level since Dec. 3, 2013."The market is simply catching some breath after a run, but market sentiment hasn't been harmed as foreigners robustly purchase in spot and futures markets," said E-Trade Investment analyst Choi Kwang-hyeok.According to the bourse operator Korea Exchange, foreign investors bought a net 1.4 trillion won worth of KOSPI 200 futures contracts on Wednesday, the largest amount since May 9, 2013.Foreign investors had purchased a net 156.5 billion won ($152.3 million) worth of KOSPI shares by late morning, after buying a net 559.3 billion won in ...

India's Tata Steel shares hit 1 year high on earnings results MUMBAI: Shares in India's Tata Steel Ltd gained as much as 2.6 percent on Thursday to its highest since May 2012 after posting January-March net profit that easily beat analyst estimates as better economic growth in Europe supported steel demand. Tata Steel was up 2.1 percent at 0354 GMT, outperforming a 0.6 percent gain in the NSE index. Copyright Reuters, 2014

China stocks fall as property, nickel shares cool; Tencent pushes up Hong Kong HONG KONG/SHANGHAI: China shares fell on Thursday as investors took profit on property and nickel shares, which had produced solid gains this week.Hong Kong's main index eked out a rise, lifted by tech heavyweight Tencent Holdings Ltd, which posted better-than-expected first quarter results, while H-shares were weighted down by the energy and telecommunication sectors. At midday, the Hang Seng Index was up 0.3 percent at 22,649.91 points. If thy index stays in positive territory, Thursday ...

Vietnam index rises 1pc as sentiment stabilises HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index rose 1 percent by the close of Thursday's morning session, extending gains from the previous day as investor sentiment has stabilised after a sea dispute with China, analysts said.Last Thursday Vietnam stocks fell the most in nearly 13 years as tension mounted between China and Vietnam in the South China Sea, and an analyst had said the market could suffer for about a week."Investors have now got used to the ...

China securities regulator puts Spring Air IPO on hold BEIJING: China's securities regulator has put budget carrier Spring Airlines Co's application to sell shares in a $400 million Shanghai initial public offering on hold pending review, without disclosing exact reasons for the move. In a brief statement posted on its website late on Wednesday, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said it's withholding clearance for the IPO while it verifies unspecified "relevant matters". CSRC officials could not be reached immediately for comment on the ...

Singapore shares inch up on mixed corporate earnings SINGAPORE: Singapore shares saw weak gains on Thursday, as a string of mixed corporate earnings checked risk appetite and gave investors little direction. The benchmark Straits Time Index ticked up 0.2 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.1 percent. Thai Beverage Pcl led the gains on the index, rising 3.4 percent to a three-week high of S$0.615, after the beverage distributor's first-quarter earnings rose 5 percent from a year earlier.Brokerage ...

China shares down in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese shares were down in morning trade Thursday on profit-taking in property firms, hurt by overnight losses in US stocks, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index slid 0.24 percent, or 4.87 points, to 2,043.04.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, fell 0.28 percent, or 2.90 points, to 1,037.91.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,203.37 0.47
Arrow Nasdaq 4,979.90 0.56
Arrow S&P 2,107.78 0.45
Arrow FTSE 6,889.13 0.74
Arrow DAX 11,280.36 1.14
Arrow CAC-40 4,869.25 0.98
Arrow Nikkei 18,815.16 0.06
Arrow H.Seng 24,702.78 0.74
Arrow Sensex 29,593.73 0.46

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln