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Sri Lanka stocks steady at 1-week high; foreigners buy COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks ended steady on Wednesday, hovering at a more than one-week high as gains in diversified shares were offset by losses in beverage, food and tobacco shares, while foreign inflows helped boost sentiment.The main stock index ended 0.12 points weaker at 5,811.76, remaining near its highest close since Dec. 9.Analysts said the market could witness a rally in the near future as the possibility of retail investors returning to risky assets is increasing due to falling interest rates.Yields in 91-day and 182-day treasury bills dropped 12 basis points and 29 bps, respectively, at a weekly auction on Wednesday, while 364-day T-bill yield fell 62 bps . All T-bill yields fell to more than two-year lows.Shares in Ceylon Tobacco Co Plc lost 2.35 percent to 1,123 rupees, while market heavyweight John Keells Holdings gained 0.65 percent to 217.40 rupees.Foreign investors bought a net 60.5 million rupees worth of ...

Vietnam index flat at midday, investors cautious HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index was marginally down by midday on Wednesday, with real estate shares leading the fall on investors' concerns about the government's sluggish social housing stimulus package, analysts said.The index was down 0.07 percent at 505.32. Property firm Vingroup lost 0.71 percent, while food processor Masan Group fell 0.58 percent.Investors are concerned about the low disbursement level of the government's 30 trillion dong ($1.42 billion) social housing stimulus package effective since June, ...
Singapore shares steady ahead of Fed decision SINGAPORE: Singapore shares flatlined on Wednesday, as investors awaited the conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve that could spell out its plans on winding down monetary stimulus. The benchmark Straits Times Index was little changed at 3,067.99 points by 0420 GMT in thin trading volume, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan firmed up half a percent. Stocks in financial, telecommunications and utilities rose marginally while other sectors were lower. ...
Seoul shares inch up before Fed meeting outcome SEOUL: Seoul shares inched up on Wednesday morning, adding to their recovery from the recent skid led by retailers and chemicals, although caution on the outcome of the Federal Reserve's monetary meeting later in the day limited gains. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was up 0.2 percent at 1,969.75 points by 0205 GMT, gaining support near its 120-day moving average where the price to book-value ratio is an equal 1, attracting bargain hunters. ...
Taiwan stocks flat ahead of Fed meeting; TSMC drops  TAIPEI: Taiwan stocks took a break from the previous session's gain on Wednesday, as investors turned cautious ahead of the US Federal Reserve's meeting, with chip makers weighing on the main share index.The main TAIEX index was trading flat at 0212 GMT, with the semiconductors sub-index losing 0.7 percent, offsetting the gains in top winner LCD panel manufacturers.TSMC, the world's largest contract chip maker, dropped 1.5 percent.Innolux Corp, the world's third-biggest maker offlat panels, edged ...
China shares flat in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese shares were flat in morning trade on Wednesday as investors cautiously awaited the outcome of a key US policy meeting, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.05 percent, or 1.17 points, to 2,149.91. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Indian shares fall for sixth day on caution ahead of central bank review MUMBAI: Indian shares fell for a sixth consecutive session on Tuesday as rate sensitive stocks such as HDFC Bank continued to tumble a day before the Reserve Bank of India is widely expected to raise interest rates at its policy review. HDFC Bank Ltd provisionally slumped 3.7 percent while State Bank of India Ltd fell 1 percent. The benchmark BSE index provisionally fell 0.24 percent, while the broader NSE index ended lower 0.25 percent, marking ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,804.80 0.15
Arrow Nasdaq 4,765.38 0.36
Arrow S&P 2,070.65 0.46
Arrow FTSE 6,545.27 1.23
Arrow DAX 9,786.96 0.25
Arrow CAC-40 4,241.65 0.18
Arrow Nikkei 17,621.40 2.39
Arrow H.Seng 23,116.63 1.25
Arrow Sensex 27,371.84 0.90

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