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Tokyo's Nikkei stock index closes at highest level since 2007 TOKYO: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index closed at its highest level in nearly seven years on Friday as the tumbling yen propelled the Japanese market, while investors breathed a sigh of relief over Scotland's vote to stay in the United Kingdom.The benchmark Nikkei rose 1.58 percent, or 253.60 points, to finish at 16,321.17, its best finish since November 2007, while the Topix index of all first-section shares jumped 1.06 percent, or 14.00 points, to 1,331.91.Tokyo's rally followed a positive lead from Wall Street, which saw another record close as investors bet that Scotland would not leave Britain. Later Thursday, the results confirmed that the "No" camp had prevailed.Sentiment was also lifted by Wednesday's Federal Reserve decision to keep interest rates low and enthusiasm ahead of Chinese e-ecommerce giant Alibaba's expected initial public offering Friday.Major Japanese exporters were the key winners as the yen slumped against the dollar, a plus for the ...

Hong Kong shares end 0.57pc higher HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks ended 0.57 percent higher on Friday following another record close on Wall Street and capping off a roller-coaster week.The Hang Seng Index added 137.44 points to 24,306.16 on turnover of HK$94.72 billion ($12.22 billion).A weak set of Chinese economic indicators last weekend put downward pressure on the index for most of the week, although it enjoyed a bounce on Wednesday following reports the mainland's central bank had pumped $81 billion ...
Taiwan stocks rise; investors cheered by Alibaba IPO TAIPEI: Taiwan stocks climbed 0.28 percent on Friday, riding a wave of positive investor sentiment after the huge initial public offering (IPO) by Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group Holding was price.As of 0210 GMT, the main TAIEX index rose 26.21 points to 9263.24, after closing up 0.46 percent in the previous session.Electronics gained 0.39 percent, boosted by electrical components, which saw a 1.35 percent gain.Autos climbed 0.62 percent, while computers and peripheral equipment rose 0.29 ...
South Korean shares buoyed by Wall St rally; won lower SEOUL: South Korean shares rose on Friday, tracking gains elsewhere in Asia, after Wall Street rallied to new record highs overnight on the back of the U.S Federal Reserve's pledge to keep interest rates low for some time.The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was up 0.6 percent at 2,059.96 points as of 0205 GMT."There was affirmation that the next Fed rate hike likely won't happen until the latter half of next year," said Lawrence ...
Nikkei hits 8-1/2 month high on weak yen, nears level before Lehman crash TOKYO: Japanese stocks extended gains to an 8-1/2 month high on Friday after the yen dropped to a six-year low, underpinned by the Federal Reserve's policy outlook, and after the first result in the Scottish independence vote went to the unioninst camp.The weakening yen drove exporter shares higher and swept the market near levels last seen before the collapse of Lehman Brothers.The Nikkei share average rose 1.5 percent to 16,301.08 at the midday break, nearing ...
Nikkei hits seven-year high after PM Abe pushes pension reform TOKYO: Japanese stocks extended gains to a seven-year high on Friday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he will aim to carry out a pension fund reform as soon as possible, boosting sentiment that was aleady upbeat due to the yen's weakness. The Nikkei share average rose 1.8 percent to 16,354.23, the highest point since 2007 after breaching a Dec. 30 high of 16,320.22.The broader Topix gained 1.4 percent to 1,335.71, and the JPX-Nikkei Index ...
Hong Kong main index rises thanks to HSBC, China lacklustre HONG KONG: Hong Kong's benchmark index rose on Friday following gains on US exchanges, but trimmed earlier gains as a weaker Chinese market weighed on sentiment.By midday, the Hang Seng Index was up 0.4 percent at 24,254.95 points. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong fell 0.3 percent. Both appeared headed for their second straight weekly loss, down 1.4 and 2.2 percent, respectively. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and ...

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,279.74 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 4,579.79 0.30
Arrow S&P 2,010.40 0.05
Arrow FTSE 6,837.92 0.27
Arrow DAX 9,799.26 0.01
Arrow CAC-40 4,461.22 0.08
Arrow Nikkei 16,321.17 1.58
Arrow H.Seng 24,306.16 0.57
Arrow Sensex 27,090.42 0.08





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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln