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Hong Kong stocks open 1.30pc higher HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares jumped 1.30 percent at the start of trade Thursday following a surge on Wall Street after the US Federal Reserve dampened speculation of an interest rate hike at the start of next year.The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 292.50 points to 22,878.34 in the first few minutes of trade. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

China shares lower in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese shares were lower on Thursday morning due to profit-taking after recent gains, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.11 percent, or 3.41 points, to 3,057.61.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, lost 0.31 percent, or 4.62 points, to 1,488.32. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Sri Lankan stocks fall for fifth day; hit near 3-week low COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks fell for a fifth straight session on Wednesday, hitting a near three-week low, as investors cautiously bought risky assets amid political uncertainty ahead of the Jan. 8 presidential poll.The main stock index ended 0.33 percent lower at 7,199.73, its lowest close since Nov. 28. The fall erased 10 billion rupees of market capitalisation from the 3.06 trillion rupee ($23.34 billion)-worth bourse.Turnover improved, hitting its highest since Dec. 8, due to increased ...
Nikkei rises on hopes of dovish Fed; Japan Tobacco tumbles TOKYO: Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday, moving away from a 6-1/2-week low as hopes of a continuation of the US Federal Reserve's dovish stance helped sentiment recover, while Japan Tobacco Inc tumbled.Japan Tobacco, which is highly exposed to crisis-hit Russia, dived 7.8 percent on heavy volume and contributed a hefty negative 10 points to the Nikkei. It was the fourth most traded stock by turnover.Goldman Sachs said Russia contributes 20-25 percent of its operating profits, ...
China stocks close up as banks push higher BEIJING: China stocks closed up on Wednesday as mainland bank shares pushed higher in the afternoon session.The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.7 percent, to 3,360.60, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.3 percent, to 3,061.02 points.The CSI300 banking index rose 6.96 percent at the close. It was up 5.81 percent at the end of the morning session.Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Minsheng Bank, up ...
SE Asia stocks mostly up; Thai shares end 6-day slump JAKARTA: Southeast Asian stock markets mostly rose on Wednesday, with Thai shares ending six consecutive sessions of losses to lead the regional gains.The Thai stock index rose 1.3 percent, its biggest one-day gain since August, regaining some lost ground after having slumped 8.5 percent over the past six sessions.Energy sector shares led the gains, rebounding from earlier losses due to declining crude oil prices.Teerada Charnyingyong, an analyst with Phillip Capital in Bangkok, said the index ...
Indian shares fall for 5th straight session; LIC spotted buying MUMBAI: Indian shares edged lower on Wednesday as volatility in global markets raised fears of more foreign selling, although indexes cut earlier losses of more than 1 percent as state-run Life Insurance Corporation of India bought shares aggressively.LIC, a powerful market player in India that has been known to support markets at times of vulnerability, was seen buying into banks, software services and defensive stocks, traders said.An LIC spokesman said the insurer does not comment ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,356.87 1.69
Arrow Nasdaq 4,644.31 2.12
Arrow S&P 2,012.89 2.04
Arrow FTSE 6,336.48 0.07
Arrow DAX 9,544.43 0.20
Arrow CAC-40 4,111.91 0.46
Arrow Nikkei 16,819.73 0.38
Arrow H.Seng 22,585.84 0.37
Arrow Sensex 26,710.13 0.27

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 15, 2014
Reserves $13.922 bln