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Hong Kong stocks down 1.12pc by break HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks sank 1.12 percent by the break on Wednesday, hit by profit-taking after recent gains and following losses on Wall Street.The benchmark Hang Seng index slipped 285.33 points to 25,251.10 on turnover of HK$45.77 billion (US$5.91 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Tokyo stocks fall 1.19pc on US sell-off, stronger yen TOKYO: Tokyo's benchmark index closed 1.19 percent lower on Wednesday, ending a six-day winning streak as a stronger yen dented exporters and weaker-than-expected iPhone sales weighed on Apple's Japanese suppliers.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange dropped 248.30 points to finish at 20,593.67 after bouncing back to a near 18-year high on Tuesday.The Topix index of all first-section shares fell 1.11 percent, or 18.51 points, to 1,655.37.Tokyo picked up a negative lead from ...

Shanghai stocks close up 0.21pc SHANGHAI: China's benchmark Shanghai stock index closed up 0.21 percent on Wednesday, despite some profit-taking after rising above the key 4,000-point level, dealers said.The Shanghai Composite Index added 8.38 points to 4,026.05 on turnover of 678.8 billion yuan ($111.3 billion).The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, rose 1.01 percent, or 22.88 points, to 2,287.98 on turnover of 605.1 billion yuan.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

TSX opens higher as resource shares gain TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday as a rebound in commodity prices, following recent selloffs, helped drive up shares of energy and mining companies. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 59.28 points, or 0.41 percent, at 14,484.83 shortly after the open. Copyright Reuters, 2015

Sri Lankan stocks slip for second day; earnings eyed COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks edged down on Tuesday, marking their second straight loss as investors stayed on the sidelines awaiting cues from June-quarter corporate earnings. The main stock index ended down 0.03 percent, or 2.27 points, at 7,145.59. It closed at its highest since June 1 on Friday as hopes of political stability after the Aug. 17 parliamentary polls lifted sentiment. Turnover stood at 334.8 million rupees ($2.50 million) on Tuesday, the lowest since July ...

Czech crown falls after central bank warning, most EM assets firmer LONDON: The Czech crown retreated further on Tuesday after the central bank's warning intervention around the key 27-per-euro mark, while most other emerging market assets were flat to firmer after the previous day's falls. The dollar index was flat at three-month highs. The MSCI emerging equities index rose 0.4 percent, lifted by gains on Western bourses and a 0.6 percent rise in China, where the Shanghai and Shenzen indexes hit three-week highs. The Korean won ...

Forint jumps as central bank ends rate-cutting cycle BUDAPEST: The forint surged to a two-month high against the euro on Tuesday after Hungary's central bank surprised investors by announcing the end of its latest rate-cutting cycle.The move could herald the end of years of monetary easing in the European Union's emerging economies.The Hungarian central bank closed the easing cycle with a 15 basis-point reduction in its base rate to 1.35 percent.The cut was bigger than analysts' 10 basis-point consensus forecast, but the forint ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,689.86 0.03
Arrow Nasdaq 5,128.28 0.01
Arrow S&P 2,103.84 0.23
Arrow FTSE 6,696.28 0.41
Arrow DAX 11,308.99 0.46
Arrow CAC-40 5,082.61 0.72
Arrow Nikkei 20,585.24 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 24,636.28 0.56
Arrow Sensex 28,114.56 1.48

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln