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Wall St climbs after 3-day drop; Fed decision on tap NEW YORK: US stocks rose on Wednesday on the heels of a three-session losing streak and ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's final statement of the year that may set the stage for interest rate hikes in 2015.A strengthening U.S. economy is expected to trump global economic worries and the Fed is likely to signal it is still on track to raise rates, with many investors devoting attention to whether the central bank drops its longstanding view that it would wait a "considerable time" before raising rates."I don't know that it really makes a huge difference because ultimately they will hedge anything they do in that regard by simply saying it is all data-dependent," said Randy Frederick, managing director of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin."There does seem to be a lot of focus on the language, but I don't know that the removal of the language, even ...

Rising rouble calms Latam markets after recent rout SAO PAULO: Latin American stocks and currencies were mostly stronger on Wednesday after Russia's rouble rebounded against the dollar, easing investor jitters over global financial stability.Debt, equities and foreign exchange markets in Latin America have been hammered this month after a sharp drop in oil prices and a plummeting Russian rouble sapped demand for riskier investments from emerging markets.On Wednesday the rouble halted its decline and strengthened about 7 percent after the government sold dollars ...
Wall St climbs ahead of Fed decision NEW YORK: US stocks were higher shortly after the open on Wednesday, following a three-session losing streak for major Wall Street indexes, as investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve's final statement of the year that may set the stage for interest rate hikes in 2015.A strengthening U.S. economy is expected to trump global economic worries and the Fed is likely to signal it is still on track to raise rates.U.S. consumer prices recorded their biggest ...
Brazil markets melt as oil, ruble spook investors SAO PAULO: Brazilian financial markets opened sharply lower on Tuesday as falling oil prices and a plunge in the Russian ruble drove investors toward safer assets.The Brazilian real fell to 2.73 per dollar, near its weakest in ten years, while the Bovespa stock index crossed below the 46,000-point mark for the first time since March.Brent crude fell over $1 per barrel on Tuesday to below $60 for the first time since July 2009 as a ...
Canada's TSX boosted by Repsol purchase of Talisman TORONTO: Canada's main stock index jumped on Tuesday, with Talisman Energy Inc surging 46 percent after Spanish oil major Repsol agreed to buy the independent producer for $13 billion.The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 172.61 points, or 1.26 percent, at 13,877.75 in mid-morning trading."People are recognising that there is a difference between stock prices and business value," said Barry Schwartz, a portfolio manager at Baskin Financial Services. "At some point it's cheaper ...
US stocks fall as oil, Russian ruble tumble NEW YORK: US stocks opened lower Tuesday amid another dramatic fall in oil prices and the Russian ruble.Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 17,109.49, down 71.35 points (0.42 percent).The broad-based S&P 500 plummeted 22.45 (1.12 percent) to 1,979.88, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index lost 26.56 (0.58 percent) at 4,578.60.US oil prices dropped again, sinking below $55 a barrel for the first time since May 2009. Investors have been unnerved ...
TSX unable to hold gains despite Talisman takeover surge TORONTO: A surge in shares of takeover target Talisman Energy Inc was not enough to keep Canada's main stock index in the black on Monday after falling more than 5 percent last week, with the broader resource-extraction industries weighing.The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended lower after a strong start to the session, which one analyst pointed to as a sign investors are nervous. "The interesting thing is the capitulation we saw in the ...

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,804.80 0.15
Arrow Nasdaq 4,765.38 0.36
Arrow S&P 2,070.65 0.46
Arrow FTSE 6,545.27 1.23
Arrow DAX 9,786.96 0.25
Arrow CAC-40 4,241.65 0.18
Arrow Nikkei 17,621.40 2.39
Arrow H.Seng 23,116.63 1.25
Arrow Sensex 27,371.84 0.90






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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyOctober
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
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WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
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