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Hong Kong stocks open 1.43pc higher HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares rose 1.43 percent at the open of trade Friday, adding to the previous day's advance, following another strong lead from Wall Street.The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 326.06 points to 23,158.27 in the first few minutes of trade.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

China shares lower in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese shares were slightly lower on Friday morning due to continued profit-taking after a recent rally, despite strong gains in US stocks overnight, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.15 percent, or 4.44 points, to 3,053.08.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, eased 0.22 percent, or 3.29 points, to 1,480.97.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Asian markets extend gains after Fed statement HONG KONG: Asian markets rallied for a second straight session Friday, boosted by another strong performance on Wall Street while renewed confidence helped push the dollar back towards the 100 yen markTokyo jumped 1.59 percent thanks to the weaker yen, while Sydney climbed 1.66 percent, Seoul rose 1.29 percent and Hong Kong added 1.43 percent. Shanghai eased 0.20 percent.Global markets tanked at the start of the week on fears about the global economy as oil ...
Tokyo stocks up 1.92pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks jumped 1.92 percent Friday morning following sharp gains on Wall Street, while the dollar rose against the yen ahead of the conclusion of a Bank of Japan (BoJ) policy meeting.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange climbed 330.07 points to 17,540.12 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section shares rose 1.85 percent, or 25.41 points, to 1,401.73.Tokyo tracked a positive lead from Wall Street where the Dow ...
Indian shares rise 1.6pc on global rally, tax reform-led short-covering MUMBAI: Indian shares rose 1.6 percent on Thursday to snap a five-session losing streak as blue-chips including ICICI Bank surged as a rally in global markets and the cabinet's nod to a nationwide sales tax bill led to unwinding of short positions.Asian share markets rose on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated it would wait until at least two meetings before raising rates.Investors were also encouraged after the Indian cabinet approved a constitutional amendment ...
Sri Lankan stocks recover from 3-week lows; telecoms lead COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks rose on Thursday for the first time in six sessions, with telecoms leading the recovery, but stockbrokers said gains may not be sustainable due to political worries ahead of the Jan. 8 presidential poll.The main stock index ended 0.43 percent firmer at 7,230.52, recovering from its lowest close since Nov. 28 in the previous session.Stockbrokers said the market rose due to some optimism after President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a few top ...
Brent steady above $61 as companies cut upstream investments SINGAPORE: Brent crude held steady above $61 a barrel on Thursday, bringing a sharp drop in prices to a temporary halt as companies are forced to cut upstream investments around the world.Chevron Corp has put a plan to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea in Canada's Arctic on indefinite hold, while Marathon Oil cut its capital expenditure for next year by about 20 percent.Canadian oil producers also deepened cuts in 2015 spending, as Husky ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,959.44 0.87
Arrow Nasdaq 4,781.43 0.34
Arrow S&P 2,078.54 0.38
Arrow FTSE 6,576.74 0.48
Arrow DAX 9,865.76 0.81
Arrow CAC-40 4,254.43 0.30
Arrow Nikkei 17,635.14 0.08
Arrow H.Seng 23,408.57 1.26
Arrow Sensex 27,701.79 1.21

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyDecember 22, 2014
Reserves $14.042 bln