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China stocks rise on policy easing expectations, Hong Kong up SHANGHAI: China stocks rose on Thursday as financials led the index higher on expectations of further monetary easing.Thursday's gains were heavily concentrated in the finance sector, with more than half the gains to midday coming from major banks, insurers and securities firms.China Life Insurance Co, the nation's largest commercial insurer, was up 3.9 percent while ICBC and Bank of China were up 1.5 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively."Financial shares have lagged the broad market recently so the rise we see today is a technical rebound," said Hou Yingmin, strategist at AJ Securities Co."There's no improvement in economic fundamentals, so the market is betting on more policy easing measures ahead."Railway and equipment stocks also rose, accounting for around seven points of the Shanghai Composite's 45-point gain.The CSI300 index rose 1.7 percent, to 3,538.75 points at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.4 percent, to 3,273.85 ...

Vietnam index rebounds 0.45pc, banks lead  HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index rallied 0.45 percent at the break on Thursday, buoyed by inflows into banking shares that outperformed range-bound trade in other shares after a profit taking session.Banks topped the rising chart, with Hanoi-based Vietcombank , Vietnam's biggest lender by market value, ticking up 2.36 percent, while BIDV advanced 1.08 percent in solid liquidity.Volume reached 56 million shares by midday, compared to the five-day average of 83 million, Reuters data showed, as ...
Hong Kong stocks up at break HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks ended the morning session up 0.79 percent on Thursday, reversing opening losses.The benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 194.6 points to 24,972.88 by the break on turnover of HK$43.45 billion (US$5.6 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
China shares mixed in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese shares were mixed on Thursday morning as trading remained sluggish following a week-long holiday, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.21 percent, or 6.69 points, to 3,222.15.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, edged up 0.13 percent, or 2.02 points, to 1,600.32.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Hong Kong stocks open lower HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks were 0.26 percent lower in early trade Thursday after Wall Street ended little changed following mixed corporate earnings.The benchmark Hang Seng Index dropped 65.19 points to 24,713.09.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Tokyo stocks up 0.55pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks rose 0.55 percent on Thursday, led by buying on dips after the previous day's fall, as well as gains in energy shares on higher oil prices.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which hit 15-year highs earlier this week, added 103.12 points, to 18,688.32 by the break.The Topix index of all first-section issues was up 0.35 percent, or 5.26 points, to 1,512.88.Profit taking snapped the Nikkei's five-day winning streak on ...
Asian shares mixed in morning trade HONG KONG: Asian markets were mixed Thursday after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen signalled the US central bank was in no hurry to raise rates while energy stocks rose on higher oil prices.Tokyo's Nikkei index was 0.55 percent higher by the break, Sydney slipped 0.59 percent, Seoul was down 0.13 percent, while Wellington rallied 0.27 percent.Hong Kong gained 0.31 percent after opening down, while China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 0.21 percent.Profit taking snapped the ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,214.42 0.06
Arrow Nasdaq 4,987.89 0.42
Arrow S&P 2,110.74 0.15
Arrow FTSE 6,949.73 0.21
Arrow DAX 11,327.19 1.04
Arrow CAC-40 4,910.62 0.58
Arrow Nikkei 18,785.79 1.08
Arrow H.Seng 24,902.06 0.50
Arrow Sensex 28,746.65 0.90

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln