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Brazil drops as polls show tight presidential race RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's stocks and currency fell on Friday after two major opinion polls showed market-favorite candidate Aecio Neves running neck-and-neck with President Dilma Rousseff ahead of the Oct. 26 presidential runoff.Brazil's Bovespa index dropped 1.5 percent while the real lost 0.7 percent after surveys by the Ibope and the Datafolha pollsters both showed Neves with 51 percent of valid votes against Rousseff with 49 percent, statistically tied within the polls' margin of error.Some investors were betting Neves would come in stronger after an initial survey published by a less renowned institute earlier this week showed him as the clear front-runner in the presidential race."Yesterday we heard rumors that Aecio would be leading by 7 percentage points," said Arlindo Sa, chief of treasury at Icap brokerage in Brazil. He added that the international scenario "wasn't helping either."Brazilian financial markets are widely expected to remain volatile due to political uncertainty ...

TSX dives on global growth worries, railways tumble TORONTO: Canada's main stock index fell hard on Friday as investors fretted about the state of the global economy, sending shares in every major market sector lower.As investors focus on the prospects for the global economy, sluggish data from Germany and a bearish forecast from the International Monetary Fund are raising red flags. Concerns about global growth often have a severe impact on the export-oriented Canadian market and its commodity sectors.Shares of energy producers, which ...
US stocks sink as IMF trims forecast; Dow -1.6pc NEW YORK: US stocks finished sharply lower Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund trimmed its global growth forecast while Germany posted a second straight day of disappointing economic data.The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 272.52 points (1.60 percent) to 16,719.39.The broad-based S&P 500 fell 29.72 (1.51 percent) to 1,935.10, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index sank 69.60 (1.56 percent) to 4,385.20.The IMF cut its 2014 global growth forecast to 3.3 percent, down 0.1 percentage point ...
Small-caps rise, but trend still lower NEW YORK: Small-cap stocks were higher on Friday, boosted by a strong payroll report which pointed to improving economic conditions, but the trend in the group was still negative, with some analysts hesitant to jump in even after recent declines. The Russell 2000 rose 1 percent on Friday, its second straight day of a gain of that magnitude, but it remains on track for a fifth straight weekly decline. The index has shed 5.7 percent ...
TSX climbs off 4 month low on US jobs data; miners tumble TORONTO: Canada's main stock index advanced on Friday as a bullish US jobs report helped ease concerns about the strength of the economic recovery and drove gains across most major sectors.Figures showed an acceleration of hiring by US employers in September and a decline in the jobless rate to a six-year low.The data, however, also fueled a rise in the US dollar and that weighed on the bullion price and on the shares of gold ...
Strong US jobs data boosts dollar, stocks NEW YORK: The dollar climbed to a more than four-year peak and global equity markets rose on Friday after data showed US employers stepped up hiring in September and the jobless rate fell to a six-year low, further signs of a relatively strong economy.The strong dollar helped pushed gold below $1,200 an ounce for the first time this year after a Labor Department report showed US nonfarm payrolls rose by 248,000 last month and the ...
TSX slips on soft economic data, commodity prices TORONTO: Canada's main stock index opened lower on Tuesday as disappointing economic data and soft commodity prices weighed on the financial and natural resource sectors.Government data showed the Canadian economy did not expand in July, breaking a six-month streak of consecutive gains.Investors also fretted about geopolitical tensions in Hong Kong and the prospect of the US Federal Reserve raising interest rates.The benchmark index looked on track to record its worst monthly decline since May 2012, ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,195.42 1.30
Arrow Nasdaq 4,566.14 0.37
Arrow S&P 1,994.65 0.62
Arrow FTSE 6,463.55 0.15
Arrow DAX 9,114.84 0.35
Arrow CAC-40 4,141.24 0.74
Arrow Nikkei 15,658.00 1.67
Arrow H.Seng 23,702.04 1.49
Arrow Sensex 27,346.33 0.92

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
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WeeklyOctober 27, 2014
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