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Tokyo stocks close down 0.48pc, Nikkei 225 index eased 74.96 points TOKYO: Tokyo stocks lost 0.48 percent Thursday, dragged down by a stronger yen as investors await the release of key US economic growth data later in the day.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index eased 74.96 points to finish at 15,459.86, while the Topix index of all first-section shares fell 0.40 percent, or 5.18 points, to 1,280.74."There remains a lack of trading incentives, while the dollar is meeting resistance above the 104-yen mark, which invites profit-taking," said Hiroichi Nishi, general manager of equities at SMBC Nikko Securities.The dollar greenback fetched 103.74 yen, weakening from 103.86 yen in New York.A stronger yen works against Japanese exporters as it makes their products less competitive abroad and erodes repatriated profits.The release of April-June growth figures will give fresh clues about the state of the world's number one economy, after preliminary data showed 4.0 percent expansion following a sharp contraction during the previous three months.In share ...

Tokyo stocks close down 0.48pc TOKYO: Tokyo stocks closed down 0.48 percent Thursday, dragged by a stronger yen, after a muted session on Wall Street.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index eased 74.96 points to 15,459.86, while the Topix index of all first-section shares was down 0.40 percent, or 5.18 points, at 1,280.74.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Nikkei drops as investors grow concerned about economic prospects TOKYO: Tokyo stocks fell on Thursday as concerns about Japan's economic recovery pushed investors to the sidelines as they waited for a batch of key data out on on Friday.The Nikkei share average ended 0.5 percent lower to 15,459.86.The broader Topix declined 0.4 percent to 1,280.74, and JPX-Nikkei Index 400 fell 0.5 percent to 11,630.32. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Hong Kong stocks marginally higher at lunch HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares ended the morning session slightly higher Thursday but gave up most of their early gains owing to profit-taking.The benchmark Hang Seng Index edged up 20.52 points to 24,939.27 on turnover of HK$35.70 billion ($4.61 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
South Korean shares pare gains to end flat, won steady as intervention eyed SEOUL: Seoul shares were effectively unchanged at Thursday's close, surrendering modest early gains as investors took profits on recent outperformers such as China-dependent retail shares.The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) ticked 0.04 percent higher to close at 2,075.76 points. Cosmetics maker Hankook Cosmetics Manufacturing Co fell 6 percent as investors cashed out after a 30 percent jump in shares over the three previous sessions. The South Korean won finished flat after treading water all ...
China shares fall as IPO subscriptions start, weighing on Hong Kong HONG KONG: China shares edged down in choppy morning trade on Thursday as a batch of initial public offerings (IPOs) began taking subscriptions, diverting money from existing stocks. Weakness in the mainland market pared gains in Hong Kong, which had opened up 0.6 percent following another steady performance by Wall Street, where indexes hovered near record highs. By midday, the CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings fell 0.5 percent to a four-week ...
Vietnam index up 0.6pc at midday, brokerages in focus HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index rose 0.64 percent at the break on Thursday to 632.81 points, with securities firms attracting strong money inflows.Saigon Securities Incorp hit a four-month high, increasing 2.13 percent at the break, with half-day volume already surpassing the full-day level in the previous session at 3.4 million shares, Reuters data showed.Ho Chi Minh City Securities also reached its highest since April, rising 3.19 percent in solid liquidity.Nguyen Tuan, deputy manager at unlisted ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,098.45 0.11
Arrow Nasdaq 4,580.27 0.50
Arrow S&P 2,003.37 0.33
Arrow FTSE 6,825.31 0.08
Arrow DAX 9,479.03 0.09
Arrow CAC-40 4,379.73 0.03
Arrow Nikkei 15,476.60 0.34
Arrow H.Seng 24,752.09 0.04
Arrow Sensex 26,867.55 0.86

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 28, 2014
Reserves $13.582 bln