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Nikkei rises to 4-1/2 week high on weak yen, reform hopes TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a 4-1/2-week high on Tuesday morning as the yen slipped to a seven-month low against the dollar, sending exporters higher on hopes of a boost to earnings.The Nikkei gained 1.1 percent to 15,639.72 in mid-morning trade, the highest level since July 31.A planned cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also supported sentiment, traders said.The Nikkei business daily reported that Abe has decided to bring Yasuhisa Shiozaki, a veteran Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and vocal proponent of overhauling Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund, for the labor and welfare minister post."Shiozaki is seen taking an important role for Abe's growth strategy," said Nobuhiko Kuramochi, a strategist at Mizuho Securities. "If he speeds up the pension fund's reform plan, it would be good for the stock market."GPIF is finalising plans to boost the weighting of domestic stocks in its portfolio to more than 20 percent ...

Australia shares listless, await central bank policy meeting SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares were little changed on Tuesday in listless trading, lacking cues from US markets and awaiting the central bank's monthly policy meeting. Geopolitical tensions, slowing manufacturing in the euro zone and stagnating factory activity in several key countries weighed on sentiment. The Reserve Bank of Australia's meeting will draw interest with the focus on whether the central bank will retain its commitment to keep interest rates low for a while. The cash rate ...

Hong Kong stocks down 0.56pc at lunch HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares ended the morning session 0.56 percent lower on Tuesday following China's weak manufacturing data, with dealers hoping Beijing will unveil fresh measures to stimulate the economy.The benchmark Hang Seng Index slipped 138.26 points to 24,613.83 on turnover of HK$32.33 billion ($4.17 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Asian stocks slip, euro hits 1-year low on ECB uncertainty TOKYO: Asian shares slipped on Tuesday as a US holiday robbed markets of momentum, while the euro hit a fresh one-year low on uncertainty over the European Central Bank's policy decision later this week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.4 percent after managing to carve out gains on the previous day. A US labor market holiday on Monday kept investors subdued in Asia. The mood was also tempered by the persistent ...

South Korea shares fall on concern over exports, won lower SEOUL: Seoul shares slid to their lowest level in a week on Tuesday morning, amid worries over sluggishgrowth in Europe and China and effects of that on South Korea's trade-reliant economy.The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was down 0.64 percent at 2,054.66 points as of 0205 GMT.Surveys on Monday showed weaker manufacturing sectors in China and Europe. A euro zone index fell to its lowest level in over a year, signalling a red flag ...

Tokyo stocks up 1.29pc by break on yen slide TOKYO: Tokyo stocks jumped 1.29 percent Tuesday morning as a sharp decline in the yen lifted exporters, overshadowing concerns about the crisis in Ukraine and weak eurozone manufacturing data.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 200.38 points to 15,676.98 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section shares climbed 1.07 percent, or 13.75 points, to 1,296.81.Wall Street was closed Monday for the Labor Day weekend, while European markets saw a soft close on the ...

Hong Kong stocks down 0.21pc at open HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares eased 0.21 percent in opening exchanges Tuesday following disappointing Chinese manufacturing data, with investors hoping Beijing will unveil fresh measures to boost the mainland economy.The benchmark Hang Seng Index edged down 52.33 points to 24,699.76.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,719.92 0.44
Arrow Nasdaq 5,108.67 0.37
Arrow S&P 2,080.41 0.46
Arrow FTSE 6,356.09 0.30
Arrow DAX 11,382.23 0.78
Arrow CAC-40 4,957.60 0.56
Arrow Nikkei 19,747.47 0.69
Arrow H.Seng 21,996.42 0.33
Arrow Sensex 26,145.67 0.07

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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
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