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Sri Lankan shares end steady; investors await cues on interest rates COLOMBO: Sri Lankan shares ended steady on Thursday, near six-week lows hit on Wednesday, in dull trade as investors awaited cues on interest rates, stockbrokers said, a day after t-bill yields fell indicating a reversal in rising trend in interest rates.The main stock index ended little changed, edging up 0.04 percent, or 2.80 points, at 7,046.70, from its lowest close since Feb. 2 hit on Wednesday. It had lost 3.74 percent in the last 13 sessions through Wednesday.Analysts expect the index to gain on hope that interest rates might gradually come down after yields in t-bills fell between 31 basis points and 44 at a weekly auction on Wednesday after they spiked between 112 basis points and 124 in the two previous weekly auctions."We don't expect much to happen in the coming week as everybody is on a wait and see mood and not much of activity is taking place," ...

Indian shares end lower; rate-sensitive stocks fall MUMBAI: Indian shares fell on Thursday for a second consecutive session, retreating from earlier gains of as much as 1.2 percent as investors felt domestic markets already sufficiently reflect expectations for a later start in U.S. rate rises.Most global markets rallied towards all-time highs after the Federal Reserve signalled it was in no rush to push borrowing costs higher despite removing a reference to being "patient" on interest rates from its policy statement on Wednesday.In ...
SE Asia major markets up after Fed's dovish comments, inflows  BANGKOK: Major Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Thursday as risk appetite returned to laggard emerging stock markets following the US Federal Reserve's dovish comments on interest rates and economic recovery.Singapore's Straits Times Index gained 0.7 percent to 3,386.16, rebounding from a near two-month closing low on Wednesday, while Jakarta's composite index climbed 0.8 percent after Wednesday's slide to a near one-month low.Morgan Stanley expected a counter trend rally in emerging equities and a pause ...
Asian markets mostly welcome Fed's cautious rate talk HONG KONG: Most Asian equity markets outside Japan rallied Thursday after comments by the US Federal Reserve cooled expectations of an early rate hike, while the euro and yen retreated against the dollar after racking up big gains in New York.While the US central bank opened the door for a rise after six years of zero percent rates, it lowered its forecasts for economic growth and inflation and stressed it would remain cautious before making ...
Hong Kong stocks end 1.45pc higher, Hang Seng Index jumped 348.81 points HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares jumped 1.45 percent Thursday, in line with a broad regional advance after a dovish Federal Reserve statement cooled expectations of an early summer US interest rate hike.The benchmark Hang Seng Index jumped 348.81 points to 24,468.89 on turnover of HK$102.57 billion ($13.23 billion). Shanghai ended up 0.14 percent, marking a sixth straight gain.The Fed, after a closely watched two-day meeting, issued a statement that had removed a pledge to remain ...
Hong Kong stocks end 1.45pc higher HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares jumped 1.45 percent on Thursday, in line with a broad regional advance after a dovish Federal Reserve statement cooled expectations of an early summer US interest rate hike.The benchmark Hang Seng Index jumped 348.81 points to 24,468.89 on turnover of HK$102.57 billion ($13.23 billion). Shanghai ended up 0.14 percent, marking a sixth straight gain. The Fed, after a closely watched two-day meeting, issued a statement that had removed a pledge ...
JGBs soar, yields sink after Fed's dovish signal TOKYO: Japanese government bonds soared on Thursday, sending yields on several notes to multi-week lows, after the US Federal Reserve struck a dovish tone on interest rates. The 10-year JGB yield fell 3.5 basis points to 0.325 percent after earlier plumbing a six-week low of 0.310 percent, taking its cue from US Treasuries.The Fed downgraded its economic view and lowered its interest rate trajectory on Wednesday, sending US Treasury yields sharply lower.In the superlong zone, ...

 



 
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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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJanuary
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln