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Tokyo stocks close 2.32pc higher, Nikkei 225 index at the TSE ended up 390.32 points TOKYO: Tokyo stocks jumped 2.32 percent on Thursday, boosted by a rally on Wall Street and a weaker yen after the US Federal Reserve indicated it would hike interest rates by mid-2015.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange ended up 390.32 points at 17,210.05, while the Topix index of all first-section shares climbed 1.80 percent, or 24.31 points, to 1,376.32."The Fed pretty much said what markets most wanted to hear -- no rate rise for the next three months," said Daisuke Uno, strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking. On Wednesday, the dollar rose after the Fed signalled no shift in its expectation to raise interest rates in 2015.The Federal Open Market Committee "judges that it can be patient in beginning to normalise the stance of monetary policy," the Fed's policy arm said in a statement after a two-day meeting.The central bank said the policy was consistent with its prior ...

Asian markets gain as Fed promises patience HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly rallied Thursday, with investors reversing a recent sell-off spurred by a Wall Street recovery and indications the Federal Reserve will keep rates on hold until mid-2015.The dollar was boosted by comments from US central bank policymakers, which analysts said suggested they have changed tack and will not start to lift rates from record lows until the first six months of next year.Tokyo climbed 2.32 percent, or 390.32 points, to 17,210.05 ...
Hong Kong shares end 1.09pc higher HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks rose 1.09 percent Thursday, boosted by bargain-buying and a rally on Wall Street after the US Federal Reserve indicated interest rates would likely not be hiked until mid-2015.The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 246.37 points to 22,832.21 on turnover of HK$99.64 billion (US$12.85 billion).But in mainland China the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.11 percent, or 3.50 points, at 3,057.52 following a four-day rally that saw it hit a ...
European stock markets rally at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets opened strongly on Thursday following rallies in Tokyo and on Wall Street as dealers welcomed the outcome of the US Federal Reserve policy meeting.Oil prices were steady after recent volatility.At the start of trading, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 0.44 percent to stand at 6,364.64 points compared with Wednesday's close.Frankfurt's DAX 30 soared 1.75 percent to 9,711.61 points and in Paris the CAC 40 won 1.81 percent to 4,186.26 ...
China stocks slip before new listings, Hong Kong rebounds on Fed views BEIJING: China stocks slipped on Thursday as hot brokerage shares cooled on questions about margin trading and investors shifted interest to coming listings while the Hong Kong market rebounded after five days of losses. The CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen listings fell 0.4 percent, to 3,347.51 points at the end of the morning.The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3 percent, to 3,051.11 points. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index added 1.3 percent, to 22,887.7 points.The ...
SE Asia Stocks: Mostly up after US Fed's ‘patient’ stance on rate hike JAKARTA: Southeast Asian stock markets mostly rose on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve eased concerns regarding an earlier-than-expected rate hike.The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the economy.."It receives positive response from investors," Jakarta broker Trimegah Securities said in a note ...
Asia relieved by Wall St bounce, upbeat Fed SYDNEY: Asian share markets rallied on Thursday after US stocks enjoyed their strongest session this year when the Federal Reserve sounded upbeat on the economy and promised to be patient in removing policy stimulus. The jitters of recent days also calmed a touch as Russia managed to stabilise its rouble, if only for now, and oil prices stopped plunging. As risk aversion ebbed, US bond yields rose and the dollar regained some lost ground. In ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,778.15 2.43
Arrow Nasdaq 4,748.40 2.24
Arrow S&P 2,061.23 2.40
Arrow FTSE 6,466.00 2.04
Arrow DAX 9,811.06 2.79
Arrow CAC-40 4,249.49 3.35
Arrow Nikkei 17,210.05 2.32
Arrow H.Seng 22,832.21 1.09
Arrow Sensex 27,126.57 1.56

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 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln