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Australia shares down 0.6pc; end the quarter 7pc higher SYDNEY: Australian shares dropped 0.6 percent on Thursday, with both banks and miners ending lower, as investors shunned long positions on the last day of trade before Easter.Sentiment also turned weaker after China, which is Australia's biggest trading partner, ordered banks to tighten controls over wealth management products, highlighting the risks to its financial system.The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 28.5 points to close at 4,966.5, according to the latest data. The benchmark ended the month 2.7 percent lower, the biggest decline in ten months, but was still 6.8 percent stronger for the quarter.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index clawed back and rose 0.2 percent to close at a record high of 4,422.8.Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...

Dreamliner battery maker's shares plunge in Tokyo TOKYO: Shares in GS Yuasa, the Japanese battery supplier for Boeing's troubled Dreamliner, plunged Thursday after its power packs overheated or caught fire in Mitsubishi's electric and hybrid vehicles.The stock dropped 12.47 percent to at 386 yen in morning Tokyo trade after the automaker said late Wednesday that lithium-ion batteries made by a joint venture including GS Yuasa suffered malfunctions in at least two instances.No one was injured in the incidents which involved Mitsubishi's i-MiEV ...
Tokyo stocks down 1.56pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks lost 1.56 percent Thursday morning following losses in overseas markets as dealers await the reopening of Cypriot banks while political uncertainty in Italy also weighed on sentiment.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 195.18 points to 12,298.61 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section shares shed 1.48 percent, or 15.51 points, to 1,030.96."Investors are not worried about Cyprus per se, as it comprises such a small component of Europe's GDP," ...
Hong Kong stocks lose 1.11pc by break HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares fell 1.11 percent on Thursday morning in line with a regional sell-off because of concerns about the eurozone.The benchmark Hang Seng Index slipped 250.21 points to 22,214.61 on turnover of HK$36.50 billion ($4.71 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Sri Lanka bourse at one week low COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks ended tad weaker on Wednesday to hit a one-week low despite foreign inflows, as investors were worried over upward pressure on interest rates after yields in treasury bills rose for a fourth straight week. The main index ended 0.01 percent, or 0.56 points weaker at 5,744.99, its lowest level since March 20. "Worries about high interest rates kept local buyers away from the market," said a stockbroker on condition of anonymity. ...
Nikkei edges up in choppy trade; ex-dividend effect limits gains TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei average edged up in a choppy session on Wednesday as buyers of many shares no longer can get the current year's dividend, which offset a boost to risk appetites from Wall Street's data-led gains.The benchmark Nikkei closed 0.2 percent higher at 12,493.79 after moving in and out positive territory throughout the session. The index is 1.2 percent below a 4-1/2 year high of 12,650.26 struck last Thursday.Traders said the effect of shares ...
Hong Kong stocks close 0.69pc higher HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks rose 0.69 percent on Wednesday, in line with a regional rally following another record for the Dow Jones index on Wall Street.The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 153.74 points to 22,464.82 on turnover of HK$63.36 billion ($8.18 billion).Chinese shares ended up 0.16 percent. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 3.59 points to 2,301.26 on turnover of 85.7 billion yuan ($13.8 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,079.57 0.25
Arrow Nasdaq 4,557.70 0.26
Arrow S&P 1,996.74 0.17
Arrow FTSE 6,805.80 0.36
Arrow DAX 9,462.56 1.12
Arrow CAC-40 4,366.04 0.66
Arrow Nikkei 15,459.86 0.48
Arrow H.Seng 24,741.00 0.71
Arrow Sensex 26,638.11 0.29

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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