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Sri Lankan stocks end steady; policy clarity awaited COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks ended little changed on Thursday as gains in beverages and diversified shares helped offset losses in banking stocks, with investors waiting for direction on economic policy from the government, brokers said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to make a statement next month outlining the economic priorities of the newly-formed government, before the country presents its budget for the next fiscal year, which is estimated to show a 1.35 trillion rupees borrowing requirement from both foreign and domestic sources. Sri Lanka's 2016 total expenditure is estimated at 3.14 trillion rupees ($22.36 billion) while the total revenue, including foreign grants, is estimated at 1.79 trillion rupees, a Cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. The main stock index ended 0.20 points firmer at 7,085.65, nearly unchanged from Wednesday's close. "The (market) ended flat for the day amid improved turnover. Buying in select manufacturing, banking, and food and beverage counters ...

China stocks climb on reopen but Asian rally fades HONG KONG: Chinese shares surged Thursday as dealers returned from a week-long break that saw a global advance, but a regional rally mostly petered out, with Tokyo ending a six-day winning streak.Most emerging market currencies retreated in the afternoon, with traders picking up profits as a rally over the past week -- fuelled by waning expectations of a US interest rate -- ran out of steam.Shanghai's composite index was the stand-out performer, having been closed ...
Tokyo stocks close 0.99pc lower TOKYO: Tokyo stocks closed down 0.99 percent on Thursday, ending six straight days of gains as data showing machine orders -- a key indicator of the economy's strength -- unexpectedly shrank in August. The Nikkei-225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange fell 181.81 points to 18,141.17, while the Topix index of all first section shares slipped 0.79 percent, or 11.77 points, to 1,481.40.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Shanghai stocks up after public holiday, Hong Kong eases HONG KONG: Shanghai stocks surged 3.80 percent in the morning session Thursday as traders returned from a week-long holiday to play catch-up with a global market rally.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index jumped 116.11 points to 3,168.89 by the break, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, soared 4.53 percent, or 77.78 points, to 1,794.56.But in Hong Kong the benchmark Hang Seng Index eased 0.69 percent, or 155.13 points, to 22,360.63, ...
Tokyo stocks fall 0.68pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks fell 0.68 percent Thursday morning, ending six straight days of gains as data showing machine orders -- a key indicator of the economy's strength -- unexpectedly shrank in August.The Nikkei-225 index at Tokyo Stock Exchange fell 123.84 points to 18,199.14 by the break, while the Topix index of all first section shares slipped 0.54 percent, or 8.01 points, to 1,385.16.A government report Thursday showed Japanese machine orders dipped 3.5 percent year-on-year in ...
SE Asia Stocks-Most up as oil shares rise; Singapore posts best gain in 6 weeks BANGKOK: Singapore stocks marked their biggest gain in nearly six weeks on Wednesday, in line with strength in regional markets, as a jump in crude oil prices boosted energy related stocks and foreign inflows sent Malaysia's index to a two-month high.Singapore's Straits Times Index was up 2.2 percent, the biggest one-day rise since Aug. 27. Shares of oil and gas service companies outperformed, led by Sembcorp Marine Ltd and Keppel Corp.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific ...
Tokyo stocks close higher as BoJ holds on stimulus TOKYO: Japanese stocks extended gains to a sixth session Wednesday after the Bank of Japan decided to hold fire on fresh stimulus measures despite sluggish growth and stagnant prices.The decision, after a two-day meeting, follows a string of disappointing data that have raised questions about the effectiveness of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to kickstart the economy, which contracted in the second quarter of the year.Tokyo stocks recovered from losses early in the day after ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln