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Pão de Açúcar beats profit forecasts SAO PAULO: Grupo Pão de Açúcar Brazil's biggest retailer said on Wednesday its fourth-quarter net income rose 36 percent from a year earlier to 539 million reais ($275 million), according to a securities filing.   Profit beat an average forecast of 408 million reais in a Reuters poll of six analysts.   Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, a gauge of operating profit known as EBITDA, rose 34 percent to 1.323 billion reais, above an average estimate of 1.2 billion reais.   Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...

Shares boosted by M&A, German data; Yen climbs              NEW YORK: Global stock markets rose on Tuesday as US stocks were boosted by news of yet another possible merger that suggested there is still room to the upside, while a pick-up in German economic sentiment supported European stocks.   The S&P 500 Index, hovering near a five-year high, extended its seven-week winning streak. The benchmark index is already up 7 percent for the year.   Office Depot Inc, the No. 2 US office supply retailer, and smaller rival ...
US stocks rise amid M&A speculation NEW YORK: Stocks climbed on Tuesday amid anticipation of merger-and-acquisition activity in the office supplies retail sector.   About 40 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 46.11 points (0.33 percent) at 14,027.87.   The broad-based S&P 500 rose 5.67 points (0.37 percent) to 1,525.46, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite increased 10.59 (0.33 percent) to 3,202.62.   Early trading was buoyed by a positive report on investor sentiment from Germany and by speculation about additional mergers after the ...
Brazil stocks extend slide on rate hike bets           SAO PAULO: Brazilian stocks fell for the fourth straight session on Monday as investors continued to weigh policymaker signals over potential interest rate increases.   Mexico's IPC index and Chile's bourse were both little-changed, with trading volume thin across the region due to a national Presidents' Day holiday in the United States.   Brazil's benchmark Bovespa index extended the previous session's slide after hawkish comments by Brazil Finance Minister Guido Mantega on Friday led traders to step up bets ...
Wall Street to open little changed ahead of data NEW YORK: Wall Street was set to open little changed on Friday, continuing a trend this week of thin trading and tight moves, with the S&P 500 struggling to extend its weekly streak of gains to seven.   Slight declines in stock index futures were trimmed after data showed manufacturing in New York state expanded in February for the first time in seven months, boosted by a surge of new orders.   The S&P 500, up 6.7 percent so ...
TSX may open lower on weak euro zone data; Barrick in focus TORONTO:  Toronto's main stock index looked set to open lower on Thursday, as economic data showing the euro zone's recession deepened threw a first quarter recovery into doubt and rattled European shares.     Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
US stocks fall despite giant Heinz, airline deals NEW YORK: US stocks traded lower in early action Thursday despite two giant M&A deals, the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, and Berkshire Hathaway and 3G's takeover of ketchup maker Heinz.   Analysts said the markets were partly echoing the slump in European markets on dismal economic growth reports from eurozone countries, as well as Japan.   One hour into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 16.28 points (0.12 percent) at 13,966.63.   The broad-based S&P 500 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,677.90 1.32
Arrow Nasdaq 4,452.79 1.60
Arrow S&P 1,950.82 1.23
Arrow FTSE 6,419.15 0.30
Arrow DAX 9,047.31 1.20
Arrow CAC-40 4,157.68 1.28
Arrow Nikkei 15,138.96 0.37
Arrow H.Seng 23,333.18 0.30
Arrow Sensex 26,851.05 0.24

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln