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Asian stocks brace for fall, China data eyed SYDNEY: Asian stock markets were braced for a fall on Thursday in line with Wall Street after the US central bank confirmed that it would begin to withdraw stimulus this year if the economy continued to recover as it expected.Tokyo's Nikkei futures in Chicago <0#NIY:> and Australia's share price index futures fell, pointing to weaker openings for two of Asia-Pacific's main markets, following a 1.4 percent slide in the US S&P 500 index.Traders said markets could come under even more pressure if a report on China's factory activity, due at 0145 GMT, provided fresh evidence of weakness in Asia's economic powerhouse."Given the market's growing fears over a hard landing for the Chinese economy, a particularly weak number could add to the post-FOMC selling pressure on the emerging currencies as well as the commodity bloc currencies," analysts at BNP Paribas wrote in a note.On Wednesday, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares ...

Shanghai shares hit 6-month low HONG KONG: Shanghai shares closed at their lowest since mid-December, exerting pressure on Hong Kong markets on Wednesday, as a cash squeeze in the mainland worsened and official news reports further dampened hopes for policy easing.Chinese growth-sensitive counters took some of the biggest hits. Most defensive names were also weaker as global markets awaited results of a US Federal Reserve meeting. Word will come early Thursday Hong Kong-time.The Shanghai Composite Index finished down 0.7 percent ...
Asian markets mostly down ahead of Fed decision HONG KONG: Asian markets were mostly lower Wednesday, with focus on the US Federal Reserve's policy meeting later in the trading day, but Tokyo enjoyed another rally as data showed a surge in exports thanks to a weaker yen.Wall Street again provided a healthy cue, with investors betting the Fed will stop short of reeling in its "quantitative easing" (QE) bond-buying programme.Tokyo added 1.83 percent, or 237.94 points, to 13,245.22 and Sydney was 0.98 percent ...
Asian markets mostly down ahead of Fed decision HONG KONG: Asian markets were mostly lower Wednesday, with focus on the US Federal Reserve's policy meeting later in the trading day, but Tokyo enjoyed another rally as data showed a surge in exports thanks to a weaker yen.Wall Street again provided a healthy cue, with investors betting the Fed will stop short of reeling in its "quantitative easing" (QE) bond-buying programme.Tokyo added 1.83 percent, or 237.94 points, to 13,245.22 and Sydney was 0.98 percent ...
Tokyo stocks close 1.83pc higher TOKYO: Tokyo stocks closed 1.83 percent higher on Wednesday, after official data showed Japan's exports soared in May thanks to a weaker yen, while eyes are also on the conclusion of the US Federal Reserve's policy meeting.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index jumped 237.94 points to 13,245.22, while the Topix index of all first-section shares rose 1.86 percent, or 20.17 points, to 1,106.57.The headline index firmed on selective dip-buying, while investors await the Fed's policy board ...
Tokyo stocks up more than 2pc in opening trade TOKYO: Tokyo stocks climbed more than two percent in opening trade on Wednesday, following gains on Wall Street and as official data showed Japan's exports soared in May on a weaker yen.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index jumped 289.34 points, or 2.22 percent, to 13,296.62 in early trade.A weaker yen and the rise in US shares would help support the Tokyo market, said Hiroichi Nishi, general manager of equities at SMBC Nikko Securities, tipping exporters to ...
China shares down 0.81pc in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese shares were down 0.81 percent in early trading on Wednesday on worries over a share glut that could be triggered by the resumption of new stock offers, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 17.52 points to 2,141.77.China's stock regulator might resume approvals for initial public offerings as early as July after a nearly eight-month suspension, state media reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed industry source.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,804.71 1.40
Arrow Nasdaq 4,422.09 1.59
Arrow S&P 1,946.16 1.32
Arrow FTSE 6,557.52 0.98
Arrow DAX 9,382.03 0.97
Arrow CAC-40 4,365.27 1.15
Arrow Nikkei 16,082.25 0.56
Arrow H.Seng 22,932.98 1.28
Arrow Sensex 26,567.99 0.23





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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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