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Weak banks break China stocks' 10-day winning streak SHANGHAI: China stocks snapped a 10-day winning streak on Wednesday as banks dragged major indexes lower after Agricultural Bank of China (AgBank) reported a drop in profit and a spike in bad loans as the economy slows.Profit-taking also contributed to the fall, while analysts warned of rising volatility ahead as more people piled into the market betting on a further rally.The banking index declined 2.8 percent after AgBank late on Tuesday kicked off earnings reports from the country's "Big Four" banks this week. Its fourth-quarter net profit was below expectations while bad loans hit a three-year high.The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.8 percent, to 3,940.41, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.8 percent, to 3,660.73 points.But small-cap stocks remained strong, with the Nasdaq-style board ChiNext rising 1.7 percent to close at a record high despite lofty valuations.Among the most active stocks in ...

Vietnam index hits 7-week low; energy blue chips lead HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index retreated 1.15 percent to close at its lowest since Feb. 4 on Wednesday, led by a tumble in PetroVietNam Gas, the country's biggest listed firm by market value.GAS shares plummeted 6.67 percent to 70,000 dong ($3.26), its lowest close since Jan. 8, as investors took advantage of a buy-back programme to offload shares amid a gloomy outlook on the global oil market.Petrovietnam Drilling & Well Services Corp, another subsidiary of ...
Nikkei edges up as investors seek dividends TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Wednesday as investors loaded up on stocks before they go ex-dividend later this week, but gains were limited by concerns that the market was looking technically overbought after a long rally.The Nikkei benchmark rose 0.2 percent to 19,746.20 points after traversing positive and negative territory. It was an inch away from its 15-year high closing level of 19,754.36 hit on Monday.The broader Topix gained 0.3 percent to ...
Vietnam index down 1pc; PetroVietNam Gas leads fall HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index was down 0.96 percent at the break on Wednesday, on track for a third straight session of losses, led by PetroVietNam Gas , the country's top firm by market value.GAS shares fell 5.33 percent to 71,000 dong ($3.3). Analysts said funds offloaded the blue-chip on the first day of its 10-million share buy-back programme.The company's shares have fallen as much as 40 percent since November 2014 due to the global ...
Weak banks threaten to break China stocks' 10-day streak; Hong Kong mixed SHANGHAI: Banking heavyweights dragged China's stock markets lower on Wednesday, threatening to snap their 10-day winning streaking win, and analysts warned of rising volatility as more people piled into the market betting on a further rally."The market is a bit crazy now. Even migrant workers are beginning to open stock accounts," Shen Zhengyang, Shanghai-based analyst at Northeast Securities said, referring to farmers who come to cities to work, often for low pay."Volatility would naturally increase," ...
Asia stocks stall after Wall Street slips, dollar holds gains TOKYO: Asian stocks stalled on Wednesday following declines on Wall Street, while the dollar held on to modest gains after a rise in U.S. inflation.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was little changed by midday after a small bounce the previous day.South Korean and Australian shares were effectively flat. The volatile Shanghai Composite Index lost 1 percent.Japan's Nikkei, which has been hitting a succession of 15-year highs, fell 0.6 percent, to 19,608 points, ...
Taiwan stocks down on profit taking, fall in US shares TAIPEI: Taiwan stocks fell on Wednesday on profit-taking after a recent rally and declines in US shares overnight.As of 0234 GMT, the main TAIEX index was down 0.6 percent at 9677.66, after closing down 0.27 percent on Tuesday, breaking a five-session gain.Taiwan's central bank will hold its quarterly policy-making meeting after the market closes on Thursday, where it is widely expected to keep key interest rates unchanged, a Reuters poll showed.The electronics subindex was down ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.23 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 4,863.36 0.27
Arrow S&P 2,056.15 0.24
Arrow FTSE 6,895.33 1.37
Arrow DAX 11,843.66 0.18
Arrow CAC-40 5,006.35 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 19,471.12 1.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,497.08 0.13
Arrow Sensex 27,457.58 2.33

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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
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Reserves $16.273 bln