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China stocks rise on reports of easing in Zhejiang, Hong Kong also up SHANGHAI: China stocks rose on Friday after domestic media reported easing measures for small banks in Zhejiang province, and looked set to post solid gains for the month.The reports of further reductions in city banks' reserve requirement ratios (RRR) added to expectations that authorities will soon roll out more nation-wide stimulus measures to support the slowing economy.The People's Bank of China made a system-wide cut to bank reserve requirements on Feb. 5, the first time it has done so in over two years, and said it would cut RRR by an additional 50 basis points for qualified urban and rural banks if they applied for it.Information technology, financial and manufacturing stocks led indices higher.Rising costs for call options on the Shanghai Composite Index, along with rising prices for CSI300 index futures also suggested that investors expect stocks to keep marching higher in the near term.The CSI300 index rose 0.7 percent ...

Asian markets largely flat in morning trade` HONG KONG: Asian markets were largely flat in morning trade Friday after the dollar firmed on US inflation data, while disappointing Japanese figures challenged Tokyo's war on falling prices.Japanese inflation slowed for a sixth straight month in January -- dampened by weak consumer spending and falling energy prices -- its lowest level since Tokyo launched an offensive on falling prices and tepid growth nearly two years ago.Tokyo ticked up 0.07 percent, Hong Kong added 0.54 ...
Hong Kong stocks up at break HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares were up 0.56 percent by the break on Friday, after the dollar firmed on US inflation data.The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 139.57 points to 25,041.63 on turnover of HK$38.60 billion ($4.97 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Quiet session apart from Noble HONG KONG: Asian markets continued their quiet pace of trading with much of the region still on holiday for the Lunar New Year. Traders and syndicate bankers expected markets to pick up Monday, with a host of potential bond issues.Despite sessions described as slow, but constructive, the Shanghai and Nikkei indices were up more than 1% each for the day.While concerns lingered over Greece-related uncertainties, bond markets continued to perform well, particularly in Chinese high ...
Asian shares mostly up, Tokyo at fresh 15-year high HONG KONG: Asian markets largely rose on Thursday and Tokyo hit a fresh 15-year high, driven by dip buying after the previous day's fall while energy shares gained on higher oil prices. The Nikkei 225 index added 1.08 percent, or 200.59 points, to 18,785.79 while the Topix index of all first-section issues gained 0.93 percent, or 14.06 points, to 1,521.68.South Korean shares closed 0.13 percent higher, recovering from morning losses, with the benchmark KOSPI gaining ...
Hong Kong stocks close 0.5pc higher, Hang Seng Index rose 123.78 points HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks added 0.5 percent to end on a one-month high on Thursday led by gains by energy shares, while Shanghai jumped 2.15 percent on expectations of more monetary easing.The benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 123.78 points to 24,902.06 on turnover of HK$82.72 billion ($10.67 billion), to what Bloomberg News reported was the exchange's highest close since January 26.In China, the Shanghai Composite Index added 69.52 points, to end at 3,298.36 on ...
Hong Kong stocks close 0.5pc up HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks added 0.5 percent at the close Thursday, reversing opening losses, while Shanghai jumped 2.15 percent.The benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 123.78 points to 24,902.06 on turnover of HK$82.72 billion ($10.67 billion).In China, the Shanghai Composite Index added 69.52 points, to close at 3,298.36 on turnover of 334.3 billion yuan ($54.5 billion) on hopes of further moves by the government to boost the economy, with analysts pointing to expectations of more ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,288.63 0.86
Arrow Nasdaq 5,008.10 0.90
Arrow S&P 2,117.39 0.61
Arrow FTSE 6,940.64 0.09
Arrow DAX 11,410.36 0.08
Arrow CAC-40 4,917.32 0.69
Arrow Nikkei 18,826.88 0.15
Arrow H.Seng 24,887.44 0.15
Arrow Sensex 29,459.14 0.33

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln