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Sri Lankan stocks at 6-week closing low on profit taking; earnings awaited COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks fell for the fourth straight session on Tuesday to hit a 6-week closing low, a day after the government announced it would hold a presidential election in January, nearly two years ahead of schedule. Most local investors offloaded positions to cut losses, dealers said.President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to run for a third six-year term. The poll schedule announcement came amid signs Rajapaksa's popularity is fading after accusations that his party is abusing power.Analysts said investors were waiting for cues from the 2015 budget scheduled for Friday and a raft of September quarterly earnings expected next week.Sri Lanka's main stock index fell 0.72 percent, or 52.29 points, to 7,161.16, its lowest since Sept. 9."Some people are taking profits and there is no strong local buying. Some local retail investors also sold their shares to cut losses as the index has been on a downward trend," said ...

Hong Kong shares end slightly higher, Hang Seng Index edged up 18.32 points HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares ended marginally higher Tuesday following a positive lead from Wall Street and despite data showing that China's economy grew at the slowest rate since the global financial crisis.The Hang Seng Index edged up 18.32 points to 23,088.58 -- a third day of gains -- on turnover of HK$52.51 billion ($6.78 billion).China's economy, the world's second biggest, grew 7.3 percent year-on-year in July-September, data showed. That was weaker than the 7.5 ...
SE Asia Stocks: Indonesia retreats as cabinet formation in focus BANGKOK: Southeast Asian stock markets were rangebound on Tuesday, with Singapore eking out further gains amid selective buying in a reporting season while Indonesia retreated from a near three-week closing high as investors awaited cabinet formation.Singapore's Straits Times Index added 0.3 percent, building on the rise over the past two sessions. Shares of Keppel Corporation and Singapore Exchange rose ahead of a quarterly results expected later in the day.Traders expect trading to remain muted during ...
Nikkei extends fall on Shiozaki comments, gets little help from China data TOKYO: Japanese stocks fell on Tuesday, with the market latching on to comments from the welfare minister on the country's public pension fund as an excuse to take profits from outsized gains the previous day.The Nikkei share index lost 2.0 percent, closing at 14,804.28 and erasing half of its 4.0 percent gains on Monday, made on bets the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) will increase stock allocations sharply.Over the weekend, media reported that the $1.2 ...
Asian share gains fade after China GDP, Europe could be brighter TOKYO: Asian shares languished after giving up small gains on Tuesday, as modest relief on data showing the Chinese economy grew slightly more than expected was replaced by lingering concerns of weakening momentum in the world's second-biggest economy.European shares might fare better at the open, with financial spreadbetters predicting Britain's FTSE 100 would open up 0.1 percent, while Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 were each seen up 0.2 percent."Today's session in Europe was set ...
China shares fall on profit-taking and weak economic data SHANGHAI: China shares fell on Tuesday, with pharmaceutical and property sectors hit by profit-taking and weak economic data, but losses were capped by optimism the government will roll out more policies to support the slowing economy. The Shanghai Composite Index ended down 0.7 percent to 2,339.5 points. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings lost 0.9 percent. On Tuesday morning, China announced that the economy grew 7.3 percent in July-September, the slowest ...
Tokyo stocks close down 2.03pc after weak China growth TOKYO: Tokyo stocks dropped 2.03 percent Tuesday as investors locked in profits after the previous day's rise of almost four percent, while the yen rose against the dollar and weak China growth data hit sentiment.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange lost 306.95 points to finish at 14,804.28. The Topix index of all first-section issues fell 1.55 percent, or 18.98 points, to 1,205.36.On Monday Tokyo shares surged by their biggest margin for 16 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,677.90 1.32
Arrow Nasdaq 4,452.79 1.60
Arrow S&P 1,950.82 1.23
Arrow FTSE 6,419.15 0.30
Arrow DAX 9,047.31 1.20
Arrow CAC-40 4,157.68 1.28
Arrow Nikkei 15,138.96 0.37
Arrow H.Seng 23,333.18 0.30
Arrow Sensex 26,851.05 0.24

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln