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Dollar holds gains in Asia on rate hike talk but stocks tepid HONG KONG: Signs of a pick-up in US inflation reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates next month, supporting the the dollar in Asia Wednesday but regional stock markets were subdued after rallying the previous day.Traders are also awaiting the release later in the day of minutes from the US central bank's October policy meeting, hoping for some clues about board members' thinking and possible pointers to their plans for next month's gathering.The Fed holds its last policy meeting of the year in mid-December and a recent spate of upbeat data on the world's number one economy have fanned speculation it will tighten monetary policy for the first time in almost a decade.Talk of a hike comes despite a slowdown in the global economies, particularly in China, while the central bank of Japan and Europe consider further stimulus measures. The Bank of Japan concludes a two-day policy meeting ...

Hong Kong stocks up at break, eyes on Fed minutes HONG KONG: Shares in Hong Kong ended the Wednesday morning session marginally higher as investors await minutes from the Federal Reserve's October policy meeting hoping for clues about its plans for hiking interest rates.The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 0.10 percent, or 21.68 points, to 22,285.93. In Shanghai the benchmark composite index added 0.17 percent, or 6.30 points, to 3,611.10 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, gained 0.21 percent, ...
Tokyo stocks end flat as profit-taking weighs on market TOKYO: Tokyo's benchmark stock index closed flat Wednesday on afternoon profit-taking and amid caution as investors await the outcome of a two-day central bank meeting for fresh trading cues.The Nikkei 225 at the Tokyo Stock Exchange edged up 0.09 percent, or 18.55 points, to 19,649.18, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares finished up 0.03 percent, or 0.42 points, at 1,586.53.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Tokyo stock up by break, focus on bank meeting TOKYO: Tokyo stocks rose for a second day in morning trade Wednesday, boosted by a weaker yen while investors await a Bank of Japan (BoJ) policy meeting for fresh policy cues.Japan's central bank has been under pressure to ramp up stimulus after a string of weak economic data, including Monday's news that the country had slipped back into recession for the second time in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's current term.The benchmark stock index, which started ...
Indian shares rise but FII selling overhang continues MUMBAI: Indian shares rose for a second consecutive session on Tuesday, heading for their first back-to-back gains so far this month, as investors continued to buy into beaten-down stocks such as ITC Ltd even though sentiment remained broadly cautious.Gains were also helped as Asian and European stocks rose across the board following a surge on Wall Street overnight as investors clawed back losses that came on the back of last week's Paris attacks.Still, caution prevailed ...
Sri Lankan shares snap five sessions of falls COLOMBO: Sri Lankan shares edged up on Tuesday after five straight sessions of falls to a more than four-month closing low in the previous session, led by large caps on market talks that the government would lower corporate taxes in the coming budget.The main stock index ended 0.17 percent, or 11.97 points, firmer at 6,977.95, after posting its lowest close since July 9 on Monday."It is too early to say whether the market will continue ...
Shanghai stocks reverse early gains to close down SHANGHAI: Shanghai stocks ended lower Tuesday as investors booked profits after a healthy morning rally, and the market marked the first anniversary of its landmark link-up with Hong Kong's bourse.A near two percent rally in the first few hours, adding to Monday's gains, was whittled away in the afternoon as investors grew cautious over the impending restart of initial public offerings.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index edged down 0.06 percent, or 2.16 points, to 3.604.80 on ...


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
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