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Latam markets weak on Fed caution; Brazil real up RIO DE JANEIRO: Latin American stocks and currencies were mostly down on Wednesday as investors worried the US Federal Reserve might signal it is inclined to raise interest rates soon, a move that could reduce the allure of higher-yielding emerging market assets.Major regional stock indexes, including Brazil's benchmark Ibovespa, Mexico's IPC and Chile's IPSA were in negative territory before the Fed releases the minutes of its latest monetary policy meeting.The currencies of Mexico, Chile, and Colombia slid between 0.1 percent and 0.6 percent.Latin American assets have rallied recently as a number of weak US economic figures fueled bets the Fed could delay an expected interest rate increase to later this year.The Brazilian real bucked the weakening trend, gaining 0.5 percent, as investors expected lawmakers to approve more fiscal austerity, which is crucial if the government is to meet an important budget savings goal this year."There is a lot of fiscal ...

Wall St, dollar rise as June rate-hike prospects dim NEW YORK: Wall Street and the dollar rose on Wednesday after minutes of a Federal Reserve policymakers meeting last month bolstered bets that the first US interest-rate hike in more than a decade will not come until later in 2015 at the earliest. According to the minutes, released ahead of a much anticipated speech on Friday by Fed Chair Janet Yellen, many officials at the April meeting believed it would be premature to raise interest ...
TSX falls as 3-day streak ends in broad retreat TORONTO: Canada's main stock index fell on Wednesday, ending a three-session winning streak, as heavyweight banking issues led a broad decline, interrupted by oil and gas company gains on rebounding crude prices.The country's biggest banks will report quarterly earnings next week, giving investors an updated view of the broader economic environment. Bank of Nova Scotia pulled back 1.3 percent to C$64.44 and Royal Bank of Canada slipped 0.6 percent to C$79.60. "It's just leaking a ...
Euro slips on Greek worries, stocks steady NEW YORK: The euro slid to two-week lows on Wednesday after a Greek official said the country may miss a debt repayment, while U.S. and European equity markets held close to recent highs as traders awaited signals on Federal Reserve interest rate shifts.U.S. Treasuries inched up on safe-haven buying caused by worries that Greece may be unable to make a 300 million euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders ...
US stocks inch higher ahead of Fed minutes NEW YORK: US stocks edged higher in early trade Wednesday as investors weighed mixed retailer earnings and awaited the release of the Federal Reserve minutes of the April monetary policy meeting.After more than an hour of trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 21.06 points (0.12 percent) at 18,333.45.The broad-based S&P 500 edged up 1.16 (0.05 percent) to 2,128.99, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index added 1.10 (0.02 percent) at 5,060.91.Discount chain Target rose ...
TSX rises for fourth day as energy lifts; Fed in focus TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rose broadly for the fourth straight day on Wednesday, with nearly every sector making gains and energy companies getting a boost from rebounding commodity prices.Investors were also awaiting the minutes from the Federal Reserve's April meeting for clues on when the U.S. central bank will likely resume hiking interest rates.Suncor Energy Inc was among the most influential movers on the upside, rising 1.16 percent to C$36.55, while Canadian Natural Resources ...
TSX lifted by financials, record US stocks TORONTO: Canada's main stock index climbed for the third straight session on Tuesday, as financial stocks helped lead the market higher and investor optimism got a boost from U.S. stocks closing at record highs on Monday.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, a perennial index heavyweight, lead with a 2.7 percent rise to C$277.24. The overall healthcare group jumped 2.1 percent.Financial institutions rounded out the top five most influential gainers, with Royal Bank of Canada up 1.1 percent ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,730.11 0.16
Arrow Nasdaq 5,009.22 0.08
Arrow S&P 2,076.78 0.03
Arrow FTSE 6,585.78 0.67
Arrow DAX 11,058.39 0.37
Arrow CAC-40 4,808.22 0.57
Arrow Nikkei 20,539.79 0.08
Arrow H.Seng 26,064.11 0.83
Arrow Sensex 28,092.79 0.53

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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 $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
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