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Australia shares slip to 11-week low, investors eye Fed SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares eased to an 11-week low on Wednesday on worry the US Federal Reserve may begin to raise rates although an extended recovery in miners tempered losses. High-yielding stocks, including the 'Big Four' banks, fell as investors trimmed equity holdings.The country's top lender by assets, National Australia Bank m declined 0.8 percent and Australia's No.3 lender, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, dropped 1.4 percent. Australia's biggest telecommunications provider Telstra Corp Ltd slipped 0.2 percent.Martin Lakos, a division director at Macquarie Bank, said he suspects overseas investors were selling down, with markets concerned about the outcome of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting and when the Fed will shift its policy. "You're seeing that weakness flow into Australian banks because typically, as bond yields rise, you tend to see a shift towards growth and away from defensives and high-yielding securities," Lakos said, adding that he thought market jitters ...

South Korean shares rise on fading Fed rate hike jitters, won higher SEOUL: South Korean shares rose on Wednesday, tracking overnight gains on Wall Street over a new belief that the U.S Federal Reserve would reaffirm an easy money stance for a "considerable time" in the policy statement issued at the end of its two-day meeting.The markets had been rattled in recent sessions by the possibility of an early U.S interest rate hike in the run-up to the Fed's policy meeting, but the jitters faded after the ...

Hong Kong H-share index rises over 2pc, led by Chinese banks HONG KONG: Chinese firms listed in Hong Kong gained sharply on Wednesday helped by strength in Chinese banks after a media report said the central bank injected liquidity into the country's top lenders. The index of major China companies climbed more than 2 percent on the report saying a combined 500 billion yuan ($81.4 billion) of liquidity had been injected. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of China and China Construction Bank were among ...

Asia shares rise on Fed, China policy speculation SYDNEY: Asian shares were tentatively higher on Wednesday after Wall Street rebounded on speculation the Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the session. The Dow hit a fresh record while the US dollar took a knock after the Wall Street Journal's Fed watcher Jon Hilsenrath said the central bank would keep the words "considerable time" in its policy statement, though it might qualify them. ...

Hong Kong stocks jump 1.01pc at open HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks rallied 1.01 percent in the first few minutes Wednesday following reports that China's central bank had pumped billions of dollars into the country's five biggest banks.The benchmark Hang Seng Index surged 244.27 points to 24,380.28 in opening trade.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

China shares down slightly in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese stocks were slightly lower in morning trade on Wednesday, despite a reported central bank move to inject funds into its biggest banks to boost economic growth.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index slid 0.17 percent, or 3.87 points, to 2,292.68.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, fell 0.29 percent, or 3.72 points, to 1,259.32.China will inject $81 billion into its biggest banks, online portal Sina said, in what analysts described as ...

Tokyo stocks up 0.12pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks edged up 0.12 percent Wednesday morning, boosted by speculation that the US central bank is unlikely to start raising interest rates soon.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose 18.32 points to 15,929.85 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section issues was down 0.10 percent, or 1.26 points, to 1,309.60.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,279.74 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 4,579.79 0.30
Arrow S&P 2,010.40 0.05
Arrow FTSE 6,837.92 0.27
Arrow DAX 9,799.26 0.01
Arrow CAC-40 4,461.22 0.08
Arrow Nikkei 16,321.17 1.58
Arrow H.Seng 24,306.16 0.57
Arrow Sensex 27,090.42 0.08

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln