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Most Asia stocks down as US jobs come into focus HONG KONG: Japanese stocks led most Asian shares lower Friday as the yen advanced with investors awaiting a key US jobs report later in the day and after the European Central Bank indicated it could expand its stimulus.With mainland Chinese markets closed for a second day, volatility was minimal and traders were able to focus on macro issues, chiefly the US Federal Reserve's plans for raising interest rates.While expectations are for a hike before the end of the year -- with US growth picking up -- the recent turmoil in global markets caused by China's ongoing economic crisis has muddied the waters for the Fed's policy committee.And Friday's non-farm payrolls data is seen as crucial in helping the central bank make its decision, with some experts suggesting policymakers could put off a decision until the end of the year."A weaker jobs number on Friday may be the straw that breaks ...

Tokyo shares 1.13pc lower by break TOKYO: Tokyo shares lost 1.13 percent on Friday morning as a stronger yen hit exporters and after a lacklustre finish on Wall Street, with investors cautious ahead of a US jobs report later in the day.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange fell 205.63 points to 17,976,77 by the break, while the Topix index of all first section shares was down 1.22 percent, or 17.97 points, at 1,457.01.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Hong Kong stocks end morning lower HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares ended the morning session 0.60 percent down on Friday, retreating from early gains, ahead of the release of closely watched US jobs data later in the day.The benchmark Hang Seng Index eased 125.44 points to 20,809.50 on turnover of HK$36.92 billion ($4.76 billion).Chinese markets were closed for a public holiday. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Sri Lankan shares edge up from 1-week low; rate concerns weigh COLOMBO: Sri Lankan shares closed slightly firmer on Thursday, snapping a three-session losing streak, amid concerns a rise in interest rates could turn investors away from stocks and into fixed income assets, brokers said. The main stock index ended 0.07 percent, or 5.11 points firmer, at 7,245.50, edging up from its lowest close since Aug. 26 hit on Wednesday. "Local institutions and investors are on silent mode. People are looking for direction and global stories ...
Dollar gets a lift from upbeat Fed report TOKYO: The dollar rose against the yen on Thursday, extending its recovery from losses early in the week, as confidence in global markets returned owing to solid US economic data.In Tokyo, the dollar bought 120.40 yen, up from 120.32 yen in New York. The euro was nearly flat at $1.1224 and 135.15 yen against $112.25 and 135.06 yen.The greenback strengthened against its peers amid signs the US economy will be able to shrug off slowing ...
Tokyo shares close 0.48pc higher TOKYO: Tokyo shares closed up 0.48 percent on Thursday after Wall Street rebounded overnight on rising optimism over the US economy and with volatile Chinese markets closed for a long weekend.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose 86.99 points to close at 18,182.39, while the Topix index of all first section shares added 0.61 percent, or 8.99 points, to 1,474.98.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Asia markets mostly higher as China marks holiday HONG KONG: A sense of calm returned to Asian trading on Thursday after weeks of China-fuelled volatility as a public holiday on the mainland allowed investors to focus on upbeat US data, helping push riskier assets higher.A healthy run-up on Wall Street provided a perfect start for regional dealers ahead of the release of a crucial jobs report out of Washington on Friday.However, the more upbeat mood came against a backdrop of a warning from ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,374.76 0.14
Arrow Nasdaq 4,733.50 0.35
Arrow S&P 1,951.13 0.12
Arrow FTSE 6,194.10 1.82
Arrow DAX 10,317.84 2.68
Arrow CAC-40 4,653.79 2.17
Arrow Nikkei 18,182.39 0.48
Arrow H.Seng 20,934.94 1.18
Arrow Sensex 25,764.78 1.22

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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln