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Sri Lanka stocks slip from 3-year high on profit-taking COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks fell on Monday, ending a five-day gaining streak, to slip from a three-year high hit in the previous session as investors booked profits in conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc, brokers said.The main stock index ended down 0.34 percent, or 23.99 points, at 6,984.03, easing from its highest close since Aug. 18, 2011 hit on Friday.The index has gained 18.12 percent so far this year."There was a bit of profit-taking which dragged the market," said a stockbroker, asking not to be named.Market heavyweight John Keells Holdings fell 0.82 percent to 243 rupees.United Motors Plc, which traded after a two-for-three share split led the fall in the index, plunging over 31 percent to 101.20 rupees a share.Monday's turnover stood at 1.2 billion rupees ($9.22 million), in line with this year's daily average.The bourse saw a net foreign inflow of 445.1 million rupees on Monday, extending the year-to-date net ...

European shares rally, euro slides on ECB stimulus bet LONDON: European stocks rallied and the euro fell to a near one-year trough against the dollar on Monday as investors saw rising chances of further policy easing by the European Central Bank.ECB President Mario Draghi said late on Friday that the bank was prepared to respond with all its available tools should inflation in the euro zone drop further.Investors speculated this meant the ECB was more likely to embark on an asset purchase programme, or ...

Assets firmer on expectations of ECB bond-buying BUDAPEST: Central European assets firmed across the board on Monday, helped by expectations that the European Central Bank (ECB) may launch large-scale asset purchases.That speculation was triggered by comments made by ECB President Mario Draghi late on Friday.Poland's 10-year benchmark bond yield fell 8 basis points to 3.08 percent. The reaction was more muted in Hungary, where yields dropped 1-3 basis points, with 10-year paper trading at 4.46 percent."It is mainly the Draghi comments ... ...

European shares lifted by prospect of more ECB stimulus LONDON: European shares rose on Monday, as prospects of new stimulus measures from the European Central Bank enabled the region's stock markets to shrug off weak German data and the resignation of the French government. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, speaking at a global central banking conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, said late on Friday that the ECB was prepared to respond with all its "available" tools should inflation drop further. Draghi's comments helped ...

Hong Kong stocks end 0.22pc higher, Hang Seng Index added 54.68 points HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks closed 0.22 percent higher on Monday, in line with a broad regional advance despite a weak lead from Wall Street.The Hang Seng Index added 54.68 points to end at 25,166.91 on turnover of HK$63.41 billion ($8.18 billion).US shares ended mostly lower on Friday as dealers took the view that US Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen is edging towards an early rate rise.Speaking at the Fed's annual symposium in Jackson Hole, ...

Vietnam index closes up 0.9pc, energy stocks lead HANOI: Vietnam's VN Index climbed 0.93 percent on Monday to close at 625.88 points, with trade volume at its highest in five months on strong buying before some profit taking later in the session.Money inflow boosted the market to as high as 629.58 points in early trade but some investors sold as the index moved towards the 633 points last seen in late 2009, said analyst Do Quang Hop of Saigon-Hanoi Securities.Buying focused on the ...

Russian stocks and rouble edge up ahead of Ukraine talks MOSCOW: Russian stock indexes edged up higher on Monday morning, a day before Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko meets Russia's President Vladimir Putin for talks about the Ukraine conflict. At 0605 GMT, the dollar-denominated RTS index was up 0.4 percent to 1,264 points, while its rouble-based peer MICEX was 0.2 percent higher at 1,450 points. The rouble was up 0.04 against the dollar at 36.13 and gained 0.23 percent to trade at 47.69 versus the euro. ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,106.70 0.17
Arrow Nasdaq 4,570.64 0.29
Arrow S&P 2,000.02 0.11
Arrow FTSE 6,822.76 0.70
Arrow DAX 9,588.15 0.82
Arrow CAC-40 4,393.41 1.18
Arrow Nikkei 15,521.22 0.59
Arrow H.Seng 25,074.50 0.37
Arrow Sensex 26,442.81 0.02

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 25, 2014
Reserves $13.925 bln