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South African stocks end slightly higher, Capitec hits record high JOHANNESBURG: South African stocks ended slightly higher on Tuesday, following in the footsteps of major overseas markets, with Capitec Holdings surging to lifetime high after the lender reported higher annual profit.Capitec rallied 7.19 percent to close at a record closing high of 499.50 rand, after giving up some of its gains from an earlier peak of 505 rand during the session.The lender's new strategy of targeting wealthier clients in addition to its core low-income customers helped boost its 2014 earnings by 27 percent."It looks like they will continue to gain in the middle to upper end of the markets where they are rolling out branches targeting higher income people," one banking sector analyst who did not want to be named said.Overall, traders took their cue from higher emerging markets stocks as the rally stemming from the U.S. Federal Reserve dampening forecasts of imminent rate rises continued. [The benchmark JSE Top-40 ...

Land tax plan shakes up Saudi market; ruler's return boosts Oman DUBAI: A sell-off in the property sector slowed Saudi Arabia's advance on Tuesday after the government approved a plan to tax undeveloped land, while Oman rallied because of the return of Sultan Qaboos after lengthy medical treatment abroad.The main Saudi index inched up 0.1 percent as food maker Savola Group extended its rebound, jumping 2.9 percent.Another major support was Saudi Cement Co, which rose 2.5 percent. Major builder Abdullah Abdul Mohsin al-Khodari and Sons jumped ...

Record low inflation lifts UK's FTSE to all-time highs LONDON: Britain's top share index reached new record highs on Tuesday, boosted by fresh signs of low inflation that would boost consumers' spending power, and by strong German economic data.However, shares in plumbing supplies group Wolseley, which hit an eight-year high on Friday, fell 3.9 percent after it posted a smaller-than-expected increase in first-half earnings.The blue-chip FTSE 100 rose as much as 0.4 percent to a new record intraday high of 7,065.08 points. The index ...

TSX climbs as energy, financial sectors gain TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday as strength in energy and financial shares helped offset sluggish economic data from China.A private survey showed that China's factory sector activity fell to its lowest in 11 months in March.Commodity prices have been rebounding over the past week, buoyed by a weaker U.S. dollar, since the Federal Reserve's comments on plans to raise interest rates was less hawkish than many had expected. The price of U.S. ...

Wall St little changed; Google boosts Nasdaq NEW YORK: Stocks were little changed on Wall Street on Tuesday, with slight moves in tight lock step with currency variations as traders focused on the dollar's strength and its possible effect on corporate earnings.The Nasdaq outperformed other major indexes, boosted by a 2 percent gain in Google shares. Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer is leaving the bank to join Google.Data from home sales to inflation and manufacturing indicated the U.S. economy remains strong, but ...

Kenyan shilling firms on dollar inflows, stocks decline NAIROBI: Kenya's shilling strengthened on Tuesday, helped by dollar flows from offshore investors preparing to buy a government bond due to be auctioned on Wednesday.The main shares index fell for a third straight day.At close of trade, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 91.70/80 to the dollar, from Monday's close of 91.90/92.10.Traders said tight shilling liquidity and dollar inflows from offshore investors seeking to buy a 12-year infrastructure bond worth 25 billion shillings ($272 million) ...

European shares edge higher on encouraging economic data LONDON: European shares edged up on Tuesday to hover just below a recent 7-1/2-year high, with forecast-beating business surveys from Germany and France offsetting disappointing Chinese factory data.However, Lufthansa and Airbus were down 1.9 percent and 0.9 percent respectively after an Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in France with all 148 on board feared dead. The European travel and leisure index fell 0.4 percent.Equities recovered from early falls as purchasing managers' surveys ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.23 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 4,863.36 0.27
Arrow S&P 2,056.15 0.24
Arrow FTSE 6,895.33 1.37
Arrow DAX 11,843.66 0.18
Arrow CAC-40 5,006.35 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 19,471.12 1.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,497.08 0.13
Arrow Sensex 27,457.58 2.33

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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
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln