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Sri Lankan stocks little changed ahead of policy rate decision COLOMBO: Sri Lankan shares ended little changed on Wednesday ahead of the central bank's policy rate decision on Friday. The main stock index closed near its more than two-month closing low hit on Monday, down 0.05 percent at 7,114.83. The central bank's monetary policy rate announcement is scheduled on Friday at 1230 GMT. "There was no real investor interest in the market," said Dimantha Mathew, a research manager at First Capital Equities (Pvt) Ltd, adding the market moved sideways as there was no clear direction. The weak rupee curbed investor risk appetite and rising market interest rates also hit sentiment, with t-bill yields at their highest level in more than five months at the last auction. The rupee ended marginally higher due to inward remittances ahead of the Hajj, though importer demand for the greenback limited gains, dealers said. It has declined 4.4 percent since the central bank effectively floated ...

Hong Kong, Shanghai stocks slip on China factory figures HONG KONG: Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks tumbled Wednesday after a gauge of Chinese manufacturing activity for September hit a six-and-a-half-year low, adding to worries about the world's number two economy.The Hang Seng Index sank 2.26 percent, or 493.67 points, to close at 21,302.91.Shanghai's composite index lost 2.19 percent, or 69.73 points, to 3,115.89. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, gave up 0.83 percent, or 14.47 points, to 1,736.44.Copyright AFP ...
Asian stocks, currencies sink after China factory data HONG KONG: A plunge in a gauge of Chinese factory activity fuelled fresh fears about the world's number two economy and the global outlook Wednesday, sending Asian markets tumbling after a heavy sell-off in New York and Europe.Emerging market currencies -- already under pressure from an expected US interest rate rise and weak growth -- also took a battering as investors rushed into lower-yielding, or safer, assets such as the yen. Oil prices eased.The losses ...
Hong Kong, Shanghai shares end up after US gains HONG KONG: Shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai rose Tuesday following gains in New York after top Federal Reserve officials moved to reassure dealers about the US economy after being spooked by last week's decision to hold interest rates.The Hang Seng Index climbed 0.18 percent, or 39.65 points, to close at 21,796.58.In Shanghai the benchmark composite index added 0.92 percent, or 29.08 points, to 3,185.62, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's ...
Dollar, Asia stocks rally on Fed rate comments HONG KONG: Comments from top Federal Reserve officials suggesting an interest rate hike is still on this year pushed the dollar and Asian stocks higher Tuesday, as they sought to sooth concerns about the state of the global economy.World markets tumbled on uncertainty about the global outlook after the US central bank on Thursday held off announcing a rise, with its head Janet Yellen citing the threats caused by China's economy as a key reason ...
Hong Kong, Shanghai stocks rise after US gains HONG KONG: Hong Kong and Shanghai shares rose on Tuesday following a rally on Wall Street as Federal Reserve chiefs looked to soothe investor concerns over the state of the US economy.The Hang Seng Index added 0.72 percent, or 156.77 points, to 21,913.7 by the break.In Shanghai, the benchmark composite index gained 0.65 percent, or 20.48 points, to 3,177.02.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.14 percent, or 2.52 points, ...
Hong Kong stocks down on growth fears but Shanghai rallies HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares fell Monday, in line with a global sell-off as the Federal Reserve's decision to keep US interest rates on hold fuelled fears about the state of the world economy.In Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index dropped 0.75 percent, or 163.90 points, to close at 21,756.93.However, Chinese shares closed up, led by a rebound in small companies following losses last week, while analysts said dealers are tracking a US visit by ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,084.49 0.20
Arrow Nasdaq 4,830.47 0.41
Arrow S&P 2,014.89 0.07
Arrow FTSE 6,416.16 0.65
Arrow DAX 10,096.60 1.04
Arrow CAC-40 4,701.39 0.54
Arrow Nikkei 18,438.67 1.64
Arrow H.Seng 22,458.80 0.46
Arrow Sensex 27,079.51 0.87

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 08, 2015
Reserves $20.05 bln