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Sri Lankan shares rise for third day ahead of budget COLOMBO: Sri Lankan shares rose for a third straight session on Thursday, led by blue-chips in thin volume as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of Friday's budget.The main stock index ended 0.55 percent, or 38.21 points, firmer at 7,020.18, its highest close since Nov. 9."Everybody is waiting to see the proper direction more than the taxes. It's not about taxing, but how they tax," said a stockbroker asking not to be named.Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake will seek to boost tax revenues and rationalise spending in the new government's first full-year budget on Friday, but analysts see him showing little commitment to fiscal consolidation.Turnover was 552.5 million rupees ($3.89 million) on Thursday, about half of this year's daily average of 1.1 billion rupees.Market heavyweight John Keells Holdings Plc rose 0.82 percent, Ceylinco Insurance Plc gained 3.76 percent and Sri Lanka Telecom Plc added 0.42 percent.Foreign investors were net ...

Indian stocks post biggest percentage gain in about 7 weeks MUMBAI: Indian shares rose over 1 percent on Thursday, posting their biggest single-day percentage gain in nearly seven weeks, tracking higher Asian markets on bets the U.S. Federal Reserve would raise rates in December but proceed cautiously on more tightening.The BSE index ended 1.41 percent higher, its biggest single-day percentage gain since Oct. 5.The broader NSE index gained 1.43 percent, also its biggest single-day percentage gain since October 5.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Singapore stock leads regional rebound; energy shares up with oil prices  BANGKOK: Southeast Asian stock markets mostly rebounded in light trading volumes on Thursday on bargain hunting in battered large caps as investors in emerging markets braced for a possible US Fed rate lift-off in December.Singapore outperformed with the Straits Times Index up 1.2 percent after Wednesday's slide to a more than six-week closing low. The most actively traded DBS Group Holdings rose 1 percent, recouping most of Wednesday's losses.Indexes in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia all ...
Tokyo stocks jump on US rate talk TOKYO: Tokyo shares rose more than one percent on Thursday following solid gains in New York as minutes from the Federal Reserve showed policymakers were increasingly confident in the outlook for the US economy.The yen picked up from a three-month low against the dollar after the Bank of Japan decided against ramping up its monetary stimulus despite the world's third-largest economy slipping back into recession.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange closed ...
Hong Kong, Shanghai equities end sharply higher HONG KONG: Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks surged Thursday, in line with a region-wide rally, after minutes from the Federal Reserve showed policymakers were confident in the outlook for the world's number one economy.The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong added 1.41 percent, or 311.96 points, to finish at 22,500.22.And the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index jumped 1.36 percent, or 48.59 points, to 3,617.06, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, ...
Hong Kong shares rally on Fed minutes HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks rallied Thursday morning as traders welcomed minutes from the Federal Reserve showing its policymakers confident the US economy is on a healthy recovery track.The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 1.15 percent, or 254.28 points, to 22,442.54.However, in Shanghai the benchmark composite index edged down marginally, dipping 1.64 points to 3,566.83, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, added 0.70 percent, or 15.33 points, to 2,205.21.Copyright ...
Tokyo stocks close up 1.07pc TOKYO: Tokyo stocks rose 1.07 percent as investors weighed the Bank of Japan's decision to keep its monetary easing programme unchanged, pushing up the yen against the dollar.The Nikkei 225 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose 210.63 points to 19,859.81, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares closed up 0.87 percent, or 13.85 points, at 1,600.38.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,719.92 0.44
Arrow Nasdaq 5,108.67 0.37
Arrow S&P 2,080.41 0.46
Arrow FTSE 6,356.09 0.30
Arrow DAX 11,382.23 0.78
Arrow CAC-40 4,957.60 0.56
Arrow Nikkei 19,747.47 0.69
Arrow H.Seng 21,996.42 0.33
Arrow Sensex 26,145.67 0.07

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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.197 bln
Exports $1.729 bln
Imports $3.926 bln
WeeklyNovember 30, 2015
Reserves $19.828 bln