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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 fireworks tomorrow. That's the best way to describe the waiting today," said Paul Schatz, president and chief investment officer at Heritage Capital in Woodbridge, Connecticut.The S&P and the Dow had hit records and the Nasdaq surpassed 5,000 at the start of the week after a strong February performance for U.S. stocks, giving additional reason for investors to take a breather on Thursday.European news was some help to U.S. markets but higher-than-expected U.S. jobless claims took ...

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 ...
Wall St little changed after 2-day drop, data NEW YORK: US stocks were little changed on Thursday, after two days of declines on the S&P 500, as economic data did little to alter expectations on the timing of an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve.Initial jobless claims rose to 320,000 in the latest week, above the 295,000 estimate and 313,000 in the prior week. The disappointing claims numbers come after a weaker-than-expected private payrolls report on Wednesday and ahead of Friday's monthly ...
US stocks rise after $21bn AbbVie-Pharmacyclics deal NEW YORK: US stocks traded higher ending a two-day downturn Thursday, with AbbVie's $21 billion takeover of cancer drug developer Pharmacyclics giving a charge to trade.Also supporting buying were strong results from retail chains Krogers and Costco.Thirty minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 35.67 points (0.20 percent) at 18,132.57.The broad-based S&P 500 gained 2.99 (0.14 percent) at 2,101.52, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite rose 16.35 (0.33 percent) to 4,983.49.Shares of pharma ...

 



 
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


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyDecember
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $16.137 bln