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Tokyo stocks down 0.13pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks eased 0.13 percent Monday morning as investors continued to lock in profits after a recent string of gains to 15-year highs.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which closed slightly down on Friday after hitting 20,000 for the first time since 2000, slipped 25.21 points to 19,882.42 by the break.The Topix index of all first-section issues was down 0.38 percent, or 5.97 points, at 1,583.57."Pressure is strong after (the Nikkei) topped the major level of 20,000," Okasan Online Securities said in a note.Profit taking sent stocks lower but heavy-weighted Fast Retailing and SoftBank helped prop up the Nikkei, it said.SoftBank rose 2.09 percent to 7,362.0 yen on speculation that Indian e-commerce company Snapdeal is preparing for a US listing. The Japanese provider of mobile and Internet services is the biggest shareholder in the firm after investing $627 million in it last year.Fast Retailing, the operator ...

Hong Kong stocks up 0.86pc at lunch HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks climbed 0.86 percent in the morning session Monday, extending a recent rally to eight straight sessions, as more weak Chinese trade data reinforced the view that Beijing will unveil fresh stimulus measures.Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index added 235.51 points to 27,507.90 by lunch on turnover of HK$125.18 billion ($16.15 billion).In mainland China the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.50 percent, or 60.41 points, to 4,094.72.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which ...
Indian shares edge lower on profit-taking MUMBAI: Indian shares were trading lower, snapping a five-day winning streak, dragged down by some recent outperformers on profit-taking while healthcare stocks fell for the second straight day on rating downgrades.The indexes are however heading towards a second consecutive weekly gain.Corporate earnings are likely to be the next immediate trigger for the markets as companies are expected to report Jan-March earnings starting next week, traders said."I think markets are in a trading range. Though the ...
Asia shares mostly higher, Hong Kong extends rally HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks continued their surge on Friday, rallying for a third straight session as mainland investors flooded into the market, while Tokyo dipped after breaching the 20,000 point mark for the first time in 15 years.Regional markets were mostly higher after a positive lead from Wall Street, while better-than-forecast Chinese inflation figures also provided strong support.Tokyo's Nikkei dipped 0.15 percent after earlier breaking 20,000 -- a level not seen since April 2000. ...
Hong Kong shares end 1.22pc higher HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks rose 1.22 percent Friday, soaring almost eight percent in three days as mainland investors turn their attention to relatively cheap assets after a year-long rally in Shanghai.The benchmark Hang Seng Index climbed 328.00 points to 27,272.39 on turnover of HK$221.15 billion ($28.54 billion).In mainland China the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index jumped 1.94 percent, or 76.78 points, to 4,034.31 -- the highest close since March 12, 2008 -- on turnover of ...
Tokyo stocks close down 0.15pc after Nikkei tops 20,000 TOKYO: Tokyo stocks closed down 0.15 percent on Friday, after the benchmark Nikkei index briefly broke through the 20,000 level last seen 15 years ago.The Nikkei 225 reached 20,006.00 in opening trade, prompting joyful traders at brokerage houses to break into applause.But the cheer was short-lived and the index lost 30.09 points to close at 19,907.63, while the Topix index of all first-section issues shed 0.29 percent, or 4.65 points, to close at 1,589.54.The early ...
Vietnam index climbs 1pc on strong buying HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index rose 0.99 percent at the break on Friday, with solid inflows from both foreign and domestic investors boosting gains in most shares.Dairy product maker Vinamilk led the risers to jump 1.89 percent, followed by property firm Vingroup with a 2.17 percent increase and Hanoi-based Vietcombank, the country's top lender by market value, was up 1.4 percent.Midday volume stood at 56.35 million shares, compared to the five-day average of 79.92 million, ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,826.30 1.54
Arrow Nasdaq 4,931.82 1.52
Arrow S&P 2,081.18 1.13
Arrow FTSE 6,994.60 0.93
Arrow DAX 11,688.70 2.58
Arrow CAC-40 5,143.26 1.55
Arrow Nikkei 19,652.88 1.17
Arrow H.Seng 27,653.12 0.31
Arrow Sensex 28,442.10 0.78

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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Average CPI 8.6%
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