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TSX rises as US data, energy shares offer support TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday as shares of energy producers held on to gains despite falling oil prices, while most other major sectors were lifted by positive US economic data. Oil prices dropped as Iran and world powers reached a preliminary pact on Tehran's nuclear program.The agreement may eventually lead to higher Iranian oil exports. Data showed that the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week, indicating strength in the world's biggest economy.The benchmark Canadian stock index, which fell in March, ended the week higher. It is up about 2.5 percent so far this year. The market is closed on Friday for the Good Friday holiday. "The volatility is there, the trend is still up," said Irwin Michael, portfolio manager at ABC Funds. "The markets will saw-tooth to higher levels." The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index closed up 84.07 points, or ...

Wall St up ahead of holiday; data lifts payroll hopes NEW YORK: US stocks rose in a broad advance on Thursday as a reading on the labor market came in better than expected, raising hopes that Friday's payroll report would show similar strength.Jobless claims unexpectedly fell in the latest week, suggesting the labor market continues to expand at a solid clip even as economic growth has stalled. The report follows lower-than-expected readings on private sector employment and manufacturing on Wednesday.Investors were looking ahead to the ...
Shares rise on optimism ahead of US jobs report, oil slumps NEW YORK: US stocks snapped two straight sessions of losses on Thursday after a better-than-expected reading on the labor market boosted optimism ahead of a key U.S. jobs report, while oil prices tumbled on fears of worsening oversupply.Data showing an unexpected fall in the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits boosted sentiment before the U.S. Labor Department's non-farm payrolls report for March, which will be released on the Good Friday holiday.U.S. and ...
TSX climbs on US economic data; oil shares gain TORONTO: Canada's main stock index advanced on Thursday as shares of oil producers shrugged off a decline in crude prices, and positive U.S. economic data helped drive gains in most other sectors.Oil prices dropped as Iran's negotiations with major global powers on its nuclear program continued, adding to uncertainty about whether it will be allowed to increase its oil exports, which would add to global oversupply.Data showed that the number of Americans filing new claims ...
US shares higher; trade cautious ahead of holiday NEW YORK: US stocks pushed up in early action Thursday as traders took a cautious stance with markets to be closed on Friday for the Easter weekend.About 30 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 111.87 points (0.63 percent) at 17,810.05.The broad-based S&P 500 gained 12.26 (0.60 percent) at 2,071.95, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite rose 20.33 (0.42 percent) to 4,900.56.In positive numbers for the economy, jobless claims fell to a low ...
Wall St falls after data; first quarter's winners dip NEW YORK: US stocks eased on Wednesday as a pair of weaker-than-expected economic indicators spurred concerns over economic growth ahead of Friday's jobs report. Leading the decline were some of the sectors with the strongest gains in the first quarter.The S&P health care sector fell 1.6 percent.It was the strongest sector in the first quarter, appreciating 6.2 percent. The consumer discretionary index, another big first-quarter gainer, fell 0.9 percent. The ADP National Employment Report showed ...
Latam markets gain on US data; fiscal outlook boosts real SAO PAULO: Latin American currencies and stocks gained on Wednesday after weak US economic data supported ideas that interest rates in the world's largest economy may take longer to rise than many investors are expecting.Nearly every currency in the region strengthened against the dollar while the MSCI Latin American stock index notched its biggest intraday gain in nearly two weeks.Disappointing data on US manufacturing and job growth on Wednesday helped push investors into riskier assets ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,034.93 1.17
Arrow Nasdaq 4,994.60 1.27
Arrow S&P 2,100.40 0.92
Arrow FTSE 7,052.13 0.82
Arrow DAX 11,891.59 1.74
Arrow CAC-40 5,187.59 0.86
Arrow Nikkei 19,634.49 0.09
Arrow H.Seng 27,094.93 2.02
Arrow Sensex 27,886.21 1.95

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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
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WeeklyApril 16, 2015
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