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US stocks open higher after weak jobs report NEW YORK: US stocks opened higher Friday after the much-watched December US employment report showed the economy added less than half the expected number of jobs.Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 12.78 (0.08 percent) to 16,457.54.The broad-based S&P 500 added 2.09 (0.11 percent) at 1,840.22, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index increased 11.22 (0.27 percent) to 4,167.42.The monthly Labor Department report said the US economy added just 74,000 jobs in December, well below the 197,000 expected by analysts.The unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent, the lowest since October 2008. The news sent the dollar lower and depressed US Treasury yields, suggesting the market believes the US Federal Reserve may not move as quickly to taper its stimulus program.The disappointing result "may be easing concerns that the Federal Reserve may get more aggressive with its reduction of asset purchases in the months ahead," said a market comment ...

TSX edges higher as positive US data lifts financials TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rose slightly on Thursday after positive US jobless claims data helped boost the financial and industrial sectors, overcoming weakness in natural resource shares.Trading has been choppy so far this year, with investors trying to balance their portfolios after the Toronto market advanced 9.6 percent in 2013. The benchmark index, having declined in the first three sessions of 2014, has recorded gains in the next three.A day after a positive private ...
Brazil stocks drop on China data; caution before US jobs data MEXICO CITY: Brazilian stocks plunged on Thursday in their biggest one-day decline since September, dragged down by a slower-than-expected increase in Chinese consumer prices, with investors cautious a day ahead of U.S payrolls data.Brazil's Bovespa slipped 2.48 percent to 49,321.68 points, taking the index to its lowest level since August. The Bovespa, which was one of the world's worst-performing indexes in 2013, is already down more than 4 percent this year.China's annual consumer inflation slowed ...
US stocks mostly lower ahead of Friday jobs report NEW YORK: US stocks Thursday ended mostly lower amid concerns about Friday's monthly US labor report and the kickoff of corporate earnings season.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 17.98 (0.11 percent) to 16,444.76.The broad-based S&P 500 edged 0.64 (0.03 percent) higher to 1,838.13, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 9.42 (0.23 percent) to 4,156.19.The results continued the sluggish start to the stock market in 2014. Leading indices have fallen three of four days this ...
US stocks mostly higher amid improving jobs picture NEW YORK: US stocks were mostly higher in early trade Thursday amid more signs of strength in the US jobs market.Wall Street was also helped by dollar gains after the European Central Bank kept its benchmark interest rate on hold at a record-low level as President Mario Draghi warned the eurozone recovery remains fragile.Around 45 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down a slight 10.34 points (0.06 percent) to 16,452.40.The broad-based S&P ...
TSX climbs as US jobs data, Valeant support TORONTO: Canada's main stock index advanced on Wednesday as shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc jumped and positive US jobs data fueled gains in several major sectors.The gains were offset a little by a decline in shares of Canadian National Railway Co after a CN train carrying crude oil and propane derailed and caught fire in New Brunswick on Tuesday night, according to federal safety officials.Investors digested a bullish US private jobs report, ahead of ...
US stocks close mostly lower after Fed minutes NEW YORK: US stocks Wednesday closed mostly lower after US Federal Reserve meeting minutes showed most Fed policy makers thought the US economy could withstand reduced monetary stimulus.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 68.20 points (0.41 percent) to 16,462.74.The broad-based S&P 500 inched down 0.39 (0.02 percent) to 1,837.49 while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rose 12.43 (0.30 percent) to 4,165.61.The minutes of the Fed's December 17-18 policy meeting showed that "most" policy makers "had ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,037.97 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 5,060.25 0.63
Arrow S&P 2,108.92 0.41
Arrow FTSE 7,103.98 0.47
Arrow DAX 12,039.16 1.93
Arrow CAC-40 5,268.91 1.30
Arrow Nikkei 19,983.32 0.18
Arrow H.Seng 28,433.59 1.33
Arrow Sensex 27,176.99 0.95

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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 $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln