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Nikkei gains helped by strong US growth; SoftBank falls TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday with the weak yen supporting sentiment, while risk taking was buoyed after the US economy grew at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years in the second quarter.But volume was thin as investors awaited cues, such as from US jobs data due out on Friday.The Nikkei share average ended 0.5 percent higher at 16,310.64.However, SoftBank Corp fell 1.2 percent, with investors failing to digest the implications of the telecom giant being in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG ."SoftBank's core business is mobile communications. It's not clear what the company wants to do in the animation area," said Mitsushige Akino, chief fund manager at Ichiyoshi Asset Management.The broader Topix added 0.4 percent to 1,337.30 in thin trade, with only 1.85 billion shares changing hands, the lowest since Sept 8.The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 also gained 0.4 percent to 12,163.84.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Indonesia stock hits over 7-week low; Thai down after weak exports data BANGKOK: Southeast Asian stock markets were flat to weaker on Monday amid weaknesses in regional currencies, with the Indonesian benchmark hitting its lowest in more than seven weeks on concerns about political development while Thai shares eased after weak exports data.Jakarta's composite index (JCI) was nearly flat at 5,133.14 after touching 5,082.73, the lowest since Aug. 8, earlier in the day. Bank Mandiri and Telkom Indonesia led among losers amid foreign-led selling in large caps.The ...
Shanghai shares finish at 19-month high HONG KONG: Shanghai shares closed at their highest in nearly 19 months on Monday, with gains led by stocks expected to benefit from reforms of state firms.China markets felt no impact from protests in Hong Kong, where the benchmark index was down about 2 percent. News reports and photos of the clashes between protesters and police were not easily accessible via the Internet on the mainland.The Shanghai Composite Index, rising for a fifth straight day, ...
Nikkei gains helped by strong US growth; parliament in focus TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday morning after the weak yen supported sentiment, while risk taking was buoyed after the US economy grew at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years in the second quarter.The Nikkei share average gained 0.5 percent to 16,310.63 in mid-morning trade after falling 0.9 percent on Friday."There is more upside to the Japanese market considering its valuations. There are major events this week so investors are cautiously optimistic," said ...
Hong Kong shares fall to 2-1/2-month low after pro-democracy clashes HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares sank more than 2 percent to a 2-1/2-month low on Monday morning after pro-democracy supporters clashed with police in the worst unrest in the city since China took back control of the former British colony almost two decades ago.By GMT 0215, the benchmark Hong Kong share index was down 2.3 percent to its lowest since July 11, dragged lower by heavyweight financial and property counters.A sub-index for property stocks in ...
Asian stocks on edge as HK seethes, US dollar shines TOKYO: The dollar hit a four-year peak against a basket of currencies in early Asian trade on Monday, bolstering Japanese shares, but other Asian shares shrugged off Friday's Wall Street rebound in the face of political unrest in Hong Kong.Hong Kong shares dropped 2.3 percent to three-month lows in the worst unrest since China took back control of the former British colony two decades ago.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.7 percent, ...
Taiwan stocks fall amid month-end profit taking TAIPEI: Taiwan stocks fell on Monday in light volume trade due to month-end profit-taking and uncertainty in overseas markets.As of 0247 GMT, the main TAIEX index was down 0.38 percent, or 34.29 points, at 8,955.53, after closing down 0.24 percent on Friday.The electronics subindex was down 0.34 percent, while the financial subindex was off 0.56 percent.Month- and quarter-end window-dressings were weighing on share prices and a lack of volume indicated investors may be taking a ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,042.90 0.17
Arrow Nasdaq 4,493.39 0.28
Arrow S&P 1,972.29 0.28
Arrow FTSE 6,622.72 0.36
Arrow DAX 9,474.30 0.55
Arrow CAC-40 4,416.24 1.33
Arrow Nikkei 16,173.52 0.84
Arrow H.Seng 22,932.98 1.28
Arrow Sensex 26,630.51 0.13

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklySeptember 25, 2014
Reserves $13.305 bln