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Nikkei edges up on Wall St gains, Kawasaki Kisen rises on ROE hope TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Wednesday morning after US shares extended their gains, while investors turned to to individual shares such as Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, after a report it would double its return on equity in the mid-term.The Nikkei rose 0.1 percent to 15,531.90 in mid-morning trade after falling 0.6 percent on the previous day.Analysts said that investors held back from taking big bets on major exporters because the weak yen trend has paused, with activity generally around companies with specific news of their own.Shipping company Kawasaki Kisen jumped 5.1 percent to a seven-month high after the Nikkei newspaper said that Kawasaki Kisen will target a return on equity (ROE) of 10 percent and earnings per share of 40 yen in its new five-year medium-term management plan.Since the Tokyo Stock Exchange in January launched the JPX-Nikkei 400 Index, which focuses on stocks with higher ROE, the index ...

Tokyo stocks close flat TOKYO: Tokyo stocks closed flat on Wednesday after sluggish trading as market participants remained cautious about the future of the Japanese economy.The Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.09 percent, or 13.60 points, to 15,534.82 while the Topix index of all first-section shares rose 0.07 percent, or 0.91 points, to 1,285.92.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Brokerages star as Seoul shares gain, won firms SEOUL: Shares in leading South Korean brokerages shot higher on Wednesday after the finance ministry announced a plan to allow riskier private investment in retirement pension funds, while the broader market edged up on external factors.Woori Investment & Securities jumped nearly 6 percent while Hyundai Securities soared more than 5 percent.Shares in Hanjin Shipping Holdings gained 2.3 percent after announcing second quarter profits of 140.6 billion won ($138.65 million), a return to positive territory after ...
China shares lifted by aviation firms, Hong Kong benchmark flat HONG KONG: China shares eked out slim gains on Wednesday morning, thanks to stronger aviation and aerospace sectors that gained on strides made in manufacturing the country's first large aircraft. Hong Kong's main share index barely changed, but the gauge for H-shares outperformed underpinned by strength in the shares of China Oilfield Services due to strong earnings.By midday, the Hang Seng Index was flat at 25,067.18 points. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese ...
China shares up 0.15pc at open SHANGHAI: Chinese stocks rose 0.15 percent during early trade Wednesday as bargain hunters moved in after steep losses the previous session.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 3.35 points to 2,210.46.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, was up 0.12 percent, or 1.44 points, at 1,203.90. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
China shares fall as money diverted for coming IPOs HONG KONG: China shares fell on Tuesday, as a batch of initial public offerings (IPOs) that start taking subscriptions later this week divert money from existing stocks.The Shanghai Composite Index closed down 1 percent at 2,207.11 points in its worst day since Aug. 7. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings slid 0.8 percent to its lowest close in almost a month.In Shanghai, PetroChina surrendered Monday's gains with a drop of 0.5 ...
Hong Kong shares weaken despite strength in oil sector HONG KONG: Hong Kong's benchmark share index finished lower on Tuesday, as weakness in a few heavyweight stocks cancelled out strength in oil companies.The Hang Seng Index slipped 0.4 percent from its highest close since May 2008, hit in the previous session, and finished at 25,074.50 points. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong inched up 0.1 percent.China Mobile, which reached a six-year high last week, was the top ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,106.70 0.17
Arrow Nasdaq 4,570.64 0.29
Arrow S&P 2,000.02 0.11
Arrow FTSE 6,822.76 0.70
Arrow DAX 9,588.15 0.82
Arrow CAC-40 4,393.41 1.18
Arrow Nikkei 15,521.22 0.59
Arrow H.Seng 25,074.50 0.37
Arrow Sensex 26,442.81 0.02

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyAugust 25, 2014
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