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Hong Kong shares end 1.22pc higher HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks rose 1.22 percent Friday, soaring almost eight percent in three days as mainland investors turn their attention to relatively cheap assets after a year-long rally in Shanghai.The benchmark Hang Seng Index climbed 328.00 points to 27,272.39 on turnover of HK$221.15 billion ($28.54 billion).In mainland China the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index jumped 1.94 percent, or 76.78 points, to 4,034.31 -- the highest close since March 12, 2008 -- on turnover of 668.5 billion yuan ($108.9 billion).The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 2.49 percent, or 52.14 points, to 2,149.11 on turnover of 565.4 billion yuan.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

European stocks rise at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets rose at the start of trading on Friday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index up 0.30 percent to 7,036.29 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 won 0.50 percent to 12,226.98 points and the CAC 40 in Paris climbed 0.29 percent to stand at 5,224.22 compared with Thursday's close.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Tokyo stocks close down 0.15pc after Nikkei tops 20,000 TOKYO: Tokyo stocks closed down 0.15 percent on Friday, after the benchmark Nikkei index briefly broke through the 20,000 level last seen 15 years ago.The Nikkei 225 reached 20,006.00 in opening trade, prompting joyful traders at brokerage houses to break into applause.But the cheer was short-lived and the index lost 30.09 points to close at 19,907.63, while the Topix index of all first-section issues shed 0.29 percent, or 4.65 points, to close at 1,589.54.The early ...

Australia shares close on positive note as energy stocks rebound SYDNEY: Australian shares ended higher on Friday with utilities and energy sectors making solid contributions as oil prices regained some ground.The S&P/ASX 200 index finished up 0.6 percent at 5,968.4, taking gains this week to 1.2 percent. The benchmark index ended the week not far a seven-year peak of 5,996.9 reached last month.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index closed a touch firmer at 5,847.4. On the week, it was 0.3 percent higher.Copyright Reuters, 2015

Australia shares inch closer to 7-year peak, NZ stocks steady SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose on Friday, helped by a positive lead from Wall Street, with utilities and energy sectors making solid contributions as oil prices regained some ground. The S&P/ASX 200 index gained 0.4 percent to 5956.5 by 0411 GMT, inching closer to a seven-year peak of just under 6,000.The benchmark dipped 0.3 percent on Thursday, but was on track for a gain of nearly 1 percent for the week.Stan Shamu, a strategist at IG ...

Vietnam index climbs 1pc on strong buying HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index rose 0.99 percent at the break on Friday, with solid inflows from both foreign and domestic investors boosting gains in most shares.Dairy product maker Vinamilk led the risers to jump 1.89 percent, followed by property firm Vingroup with a 2.17 percent increase and Hanoi-based Vietcombank, the country's top lender by market value, was up 1.4 percent.Midday volume stood at 56.35 million shares, compared to the five-day average of 79.92 million, ...

China stocks rise on easing hopes; HK market fever spills into B shares SHANGHAI: Shares in China and Hong Kong rose on Friday and looked set for solid gains on the week as tepid inflation data reinforced expectations of more policy easing. China's annual consumer inflation rate (CPI) stayed flat at 1.4 percent, data showed early in the day, while producer prices (PPI) contracted 4.6 percent, highlighting the pressures facing Chinese companies as the economy slows.ANZ said in a research note that "the soft inflation data in March ...


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