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Sri Lankan shares slip on political concerns COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks closed slightly lower on Wednesday amid moderate volumes, slipping for the second straight session as political uncertainty ahead of impending parliamentary elections weighed on sentiment. Elections to Sri Lanka's 225-member parliament are expected to be announced after April 23 and it is unclear whether the ruling coalition led by President Maithripala Sirisena would contest unitedly or go to the polls separately. The main stock index edged down 0.09 percent, or 6.68 points, to 7,304.61. "Though there is buying interest, there is no significant push in the market to go and buy all out, mainly because of political uncertainty," said Dimantha Mathew, manager, research at First Capital Equities (pvt) Ltd. Nestle Lanka Plc slipped 0.02 percent while Dialog Axiata Plc fell 0.83 percent.Turnover was 986.8 million rupees ($7.42 million), well below this year's daily average of 1.41 billion rupees.Foreign investors bought a net 209.1 million rupees worth ...

Nikkei snaps 5-day winning streak but Yellen comments temper losses TOKYO: Japanese stocks snapped a five-day winning streak on Wednesday as investors grew cautious that the market was becoming overbought, but losses were limited by US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's message of policy flexibility.The Nikkei share average ended 0.1 percent lower at 18,585.20 points. It bounced between positive and negative territory during the session.The broader Topix was flat at 1,507.62, with 2.2 billion shares changing hands, the lowest level in more than two weeks.The ...
Asian shares rise after Yellen stresses policy flexibility TOKYO: Asian stocks rose on Wednesday, taking their cues from Wall Street's gains after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the Fed would not rush into raising interest rates.Shares extended gains after a survey of Chinese factory activity eked out a rise to a four-month high in February, though export orders shrank at their fastest rate in 20 months.Spread-betters predicted an uneven start to European trading, with Britain's FTSE 100 seen opening 7 points lower, ...
Tokyo stocks snap five-day winning streak TOKYO: Tokyo stocks lost early gains to finish 0.10 percent lower on Wednesday, as investors locked in profits after a five-day winning streak. The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which on Tuesday closed at a fresh 15-year high, slipped 18.28 points to 18,585.20, while the Topix index of all first-section shares was flat, edging down 0.04 percent, or 0.66 points, to 1,507.62.Tokyo rose at the open, backed by Wall Street's record-setting gains ...
Asian stocks mixed after Fed chief rate comments, Greek reforms TOKYO: Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday after US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen dampened speculation of a rate hike before summer, and as eurozone finance ministers backed Greek reforms critical to avoiding a disastrous default.Sydney rose 0.30 percent, or 17.92 points, to 5,944.90, and Seoul added 0.73 percent, or 14.35 points, to finish at 1,990.47.Tokyo closed 0.10 percent, or 18.28 points, lower at 18,585.20 as investors took profits after a five-day winning streak. "The ...
Hong Kong stocks close up 0.11pc HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks closed 0.11 percent higher on Wednesday after record-setting gains on Wall Street and relief over a Greek debt deal.The benchmark Hang Seng Index gained 28.21 points to 24,778.28 on turnover of HK$71.38 billion ($9.20 billion).Like other global markets, Hong Kong zeroed in on the start of US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen's two days of congressional testimony. She signalled that the Fed was preparing for a rate rise this year ...
Tokyo stocks fall 0.10pc, snaps five-day winning streak TOKYO: Tokyo stocks lost early gains to finish 0.10 percent lower on Wednesday, as investors locked in profits after a five-day winning streak.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which on Tuesday closed at a fresh 15-year high, slipped 18.28 points to 18,585.20, while the Topix index of all first-section issues was flat, edging down 0.04 percent, or 0.66 points, to 1,507.62.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,132.70 0.45
Arrow Nasdaq 4,963.53 0.49
Arrow S&P 2,104.50 0.30
Arrow FTSE 6,946.66 0.04
Arrow DAX 11,401.66 0.66
Arrow CAC-40 4,951.48 0.83
Arrow Nikkei 18,797.94 0.06
Arrow H.Seng 24,823.29 0.32
Arrow Sensex 29,220.12 1.65







ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyDecember
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln