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Tokyo stocks close up 0.24pc TOKYO: Tokyo stocks ended up 0.24 percent on Wednesday, extending their winning streak to the fifth straight day despite a round of profit-taking.The Nikkei 225 index gained 34.43 points to finish at 14,670.95, while the Topix index of all first-section issues was up 0.26 percent, or 3.06 points, at 1,198.17.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

SE Asia Stocks: Thai shares near 1-week high; others up BANGKOK: Thai shares traded near a one-week high on Wednesday as investors picked up stocks on hopes of a recovery in the domestic economy while other Southeast Asian indexes followed regional stocks higher after strong economic data from the United States.The SET index was up 1.1 percent at 1,407.44 points at midday, its highest since May 22. Airports of Thailand , retailer CP All and Ch Karnchang were among the actively-traded stocks."There are signs the ...

Australia shares supported by banks, construction firms; gold miners fall SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares edged higher on Wednesday, supported by another record-close for the S&P 500 and interest in banking stocks, though overall gains were capped by a slide in gold producers after bullion prices dropped overnight. A rise in the 'Big Four' banks underpinned the sector as investors chased their high yields.Westpac Banking Corp added 0.4 percent, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia rose 0.2 percent to all-time highs of A$81.85. Among mid-tier banks, Bank of ...

South Korean stocks rebound on upbeat US data, won steady SEOUL: South Korean shares bounced back on Wednesday morning from the previous session's two-week closing low, buoyed by robust US economic indicators and expectations for European Central Bank rate cuts supporting risk appetite.The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was up 0.4 percent at 2,005.84 points as of 0220 GMT, regaining the psychologically important 2,000 point threshold. On Tuesday, the index slipped to its weakest close since May 13."The bullish US indicators have set the ...

Asian shares, dollar cheer strong US data, Wall St record TOKYO: Asian stocks rose on Wednesday and the dollar held near an eight-week high against a basket of currencies, as investors cheered upbeat US economic data and another record close for the S&P 500. Riskier asset markets were underpinned overnight after the United States reported an unexpected rise in durable goods orders in April and higher home prices for March. Services industries, which dominate the economy, also grew at a rapid clip in May. MSCI's ...

Noble outperforms flat Singapore index, hits 2-year high SINGAPORE: The Singapore index was little changed on Wednesday, with most stocks lacking clear direction, while Noble Group Ltd continued its winning streak to touch its highest level in two years. The benchmark Straits Times Index was almost flat at 3,275.75. Regional markets performed better, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rising 0.4 percent, buoyed by US markets. Noble shares easily outperformed the Singapore market with a 3.7 percent surge to S$1.39, ...

Vietnam index up 0.3pc by midday; retailers buy HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index was up 0.33 percent at Wednesday's break, on track for its third consecutive session of gains, as retailers extended buying after a strong rally in the previous day, an analyst said.Equities closed near their three-week highs on Tuesday as retailers thought current prices reflected an ongoing conflict between Vietnam and China after Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in the disputed South China Sea.Food producer Masan Group led gains with ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,826.30 1.54
Arrow Nasdaq 4,931.82 1.52
Arrow S&P 2,081.18 1.13
Arrow FTSE 6,994.60 0.93
Arrow DAX 11,688.70 2.58
Arrow CAC-40 5,143.26 1.55
Arrow Nikkei 19,652.88 1.17
Arrow H.Seng 27,653.12 0.31
Arrow Sensex 28,442.10 0.78

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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
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln