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Wall St set for lower open after payrolls report NEW YORK: US stocks were poised to open lower Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for a second week of declines, as a strong monthly jobs report heightened expectations the US Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than anticipated. Nonfarm payrolls rose 295,000 last month, topping estimates for a gain of 240,000 jobs, after a downwardly revised 239,000 gain in January.The unemployment rate ticked down to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent in January. "People are trying to figure out whether the Fed is going to increase rates, probably now on a June time frame versus the September that was kind of the default the market had been looking at before. So this much stronger-than-expected number could push that date up," said Tracie McMillion, head of asset allocation at Wells Fargo Investment Institute in in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The data boded well for economic growth, she said. "This is ...

TSX little changed as fall in miners offset by banks TORONTO: Canada's main stock index was little changed on Friday as the price of bullion declined after a bullish US jobs report, sending shares of gold miners lower and offsetting a gain in the financial sector. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 1.35 points, or 0.01 percent, at 15,101.76 shortly after the open. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Wall St closes up slightly ahead of jobs report NEW YORK: US stocks closed modestly higher in light trading on Thursday as investors held back on big bets ahead of Friday's jobs report, which is expected to be a big factor in influencing the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike.Focus on the report was heightened as many investors see it as one of the most import economic indicators due to be released ahead of the Fed's meeting in mid-March."People are anticipating some ...
TSX ekes out gain as ECB rally fades; energy earnings help TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rose in a broad but shallow rally on Thursday, led by a 5 percent jump in shares of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd after the major oil and gas producer surprised investors with strong quarterly results.While the index notched a small gain after a two-day slip, investors appeared to only cautiously embrace some resource stocks as the price of oil stabilizes at historically low levels."Investors are starting to pick through the ...
US stocks gain on ECB stimulus, pharma deal NEW YORK: US stocks Thursday snapped a two-day losing streak, finishing higher on news of European monetary stimulus and a $21 billion pharmaceutical merger.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 38.82 points (0.21 percent) to 18,135.72.The broad-based S&P 500 rose 2.51 (0.12 percent) to 2,101.04, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gained 15.67 (0.32 percent) at 4,982.81.The European Central Bank announced it would launch Monday a 1.1-trillion-euro ($1.2 trillion) bond-buying program. The ECB also raised its ...
Wall St up slightly ahead of jobs report NEW YORK: US stocks were modestly higher on Thursday after two days of declines as investors held back on big bets ahead of Friday's jobs report, which is expected to be a big factor in influencing the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike.The S&P and the Dow hit records and the Nasdaq surpassed 5,000 at the start of the week after a strong February performance for U.S. stocks."People are taking a wait-and-see approach ...
TSX higher as banks and resource stocks lead; earnings lift TORONTO: Canada's main stock exchange rose broadly on Thursday, led by healthy gains among bank shares and forecast-beating results from Canadian Natural Resources Ltd , the country's No. 2 oil and gas producer.The TSX moved in tandem with global stocks, which were supported by the European Central Bank's latest effort to boost the struggling eurozone economy."The main driver is one, no surprises out of Europe," said Irwin Michael, portfolio manager at ABC Funds."We're getting indications ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,135.72 0.21
Arrow Nasdaq 4,982.81 0.32
Arrow S&P 2,101.04 0.12
Arrow FTSE 6,961.14 0.6
Arrow DAX 11,504.01 1.00
Arrow CAC-40 4,963.51 0.94
Arrow Nikkei 18,751.84 0.26
Arrow H.Seng 24,193.04 1.11
Arrow Sensex 29,448.95 0.23

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $16.137 bln