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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 0.4 percent after reporting first-quarter profit surged 51.6 percent from a year ago to $635 million and raising its full-year earnings forecast.Home improvement retailer Lowe's lost 3.7 percent after its first-quarter results disappointed. Office supplies chain Staples reported a 39 percent plunge in first-quarter, citing store closures in North America and the stronger dollar. Staples shares fell 1.7 percent.Stocks had barely budged Tuesday, with the Dow inching to a record high and the S&P 500 ...

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 ...
Dollar rebounds off lows, Greek bond yields jump NEW YORK: The dollar bounced back from four-month lows on Monday, while Greek bond yields jumped on worries the country would not be able to make its debt payments.Wall Street added slightly to gains, pushing the benchmark S&P 500 to a fresh all-time high.Oil prices retreated, as supply worries, triggered by advances by Islamic State militants in Iraqi, eased. U.S. Treasuries were weaker.Greek two-year sovereign bond yields rose nearly 300 bps to just shy of ...
US stocks edge up on pharma, apparel deals NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks edged higher in early trade Monday following news of another substantial pharmaceutical takeover and a merger in women's apparel.About 35 minutes into trade, the broad-based S&P 500 was at 2,123.19, up a scant 0.46 point (0.02 percent) as it headed toward a third straight record peak.The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 4.67 (0.03 percent) at 18,277.23, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 5.31 (0.11 percent) to 5,053.61.Endo International announced ...
TSX slips as resources, banks lead declines TORONTO: Canada's main stock index opened lower on Friday, as the index's most influential sectors, energy, financials and materials, led declines. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index fell 16.67 points, or 0.11 percent, to 15,011.45 shortly after the open. Half of the index's 10 main groups were in negative territory. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
S&P 500 closes at new record high NEW YORK: The S&P 500 bolted to a fresh record high close Thursday, led by strong gains in Apple, Facebook and other technology stocks.The broad-market S&P 500 rose 22.62 points (1.08 percent) to 2,121.10, more than three points above the prior record of 2,117.69 set on April 24. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 191.75 (1.06 percent) to 18,252.24, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gained 69.10 (1.39 percent) at 5,050.80.Analysts said the equities surge ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,232.02 0.29
Arrow Nasdaq 5,089.36 0.03
Arrow S&P 2,126.06 0.22
Arrow FTSE 7,031.72 0.05
Arrow DAX 11,815.01 0.42
Arrow CAC-40 5,142.89 0.07
Arrow Nikkei 20,264.41 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 27,992.83 1.70
Arrow Sensex 27,957.50 0.53

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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