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Nikkei rises to near 8-month high on weak yen TOKYO: Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near eight-month high on Thursday morning as the weak yen lifted sentiment ahead of a meeting later in the day between the central bank governor and prime minister fuelled expectations for additional easing.The Nikkei climbed 0.6 percent to 15,889.98 in mid-morning trade after reaching up to 15,905.03, the highest since mid-January. The broader Topix hit a six-year high, rising 0.6 percent to 1,314.63.Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet at noon 0300 GMT for a regular exchange of views on the economy, sources said.The focus will be on whether Abe will urge the Bank of Japan to ease monetary policy further if the economic rebound from a deep second-quarter contraction proved to be much weaker than expected, analysts say."Stock market investors are seeing if the yen weakens further while they expect Abe to pressure Kuroda," Daiwa ...

Taiwan stocks flat; autos, semiconductors gain TAIPEI: Taiwan stocks were flat in midmorning trading on Thursday, largely in line with a cautious showing in other regional bourses amid global geopolitical and economic uncertainties.As of 0154 GMT, the main TAIEX index was up 4.27 points at 9361.88, after closing down 0.82 percent on Wednesday.The electronics subindex was flat, while semiconductors rose 0.31 percent and autos gained 0.33 percent.Banks and insurance firms, however, slid 0.19 percent.Uncertainties over US military policy in the Middle ...
Vietnam Airlines' IPO plan wins govt approval HANOI: The Vietnamese government has approved final plans to sell 25 percent of state-owned carrier Vietnam Airlines in a privatisation that will involve an initial public offering of shares, an online newspaper reported on Thursday. The Hanoi-based airline, with a registered capital of 14 trillion dong ($661 million), will sell 20 percent of stake to a strategic partner or partners, Vietnamese news website NDH quoted a senior government official as saying. A further 5 percent ...
China shares rebound on financials, bolster Hong Kong HONG KONG: China shares regained momentum on Thursday and hit fresh multi-month highs, lifting a sluggish Hong Kong market, supported by recovering banks and brokerage companies. A focus for the market was China's August inflation data which showed consumer inflation cooled more than expected. While it provided further evidence of economic slowdown, hopes were raised that policymakers would have room for more stimulus measures if needed.By midday, the Hang Seng Index inched up 0.1 percent ...
Vietnam index flat at midday, sentiment cautious HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index was almost flat at the break on Thursday, as investors traded in caution following a sharp drop earlier this week.A strong fall on Sept. 9 erased all gains in Vietnamese equities over the past two weeks, but bargain hunting on Wednesday had kept the index from further declines.Volume humbled at 66 million shares by midday on Thursday, well below the five-day average of 165 million, Reuters data showed."But the low ...
Hong Kong stocks up 0.11pc by break HONG KONG: Shares in Hong Kong edged up 0.11 percent in the morning session Thursday following data showing Chinese inflation eased to a four-month low in August.The benchmark Hang Seng Index added 27.51 points to 24,732.87 by the break on turnover of HK$34.81 billion ($4.49 billion). Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Tokyo shares open higher on weak yen, robust Wall Street TOKYO: Tokyo stocks opened higher Thursday as investors cheered the yen's slide following a surge on Wall Street.The Nikkei index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose 94.23 points or 0.60 percent to 15,883.01 shortly after the opening bell.The headline index could rise further as it plays catch-up, having so far gained at a slower pace than other major domestic and international indexes, said SMBC Nikko Securities general manager of equities Hiroichi Nishi. "With continued dollar ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,131.97 0.59
Arrow Nasdaq 4,552.76 0.75
Arrow S&P 1,998.98 0.75
Arrow FTSE 6,792.24 0.18
Arrow DAX 9,632.93 0.28
Arrow CAC-40 4,409.15 0.44
Arrow Nikkei 15,911.53 0.23
Arrow H.Seng 24,136.01 0.91
Arrow Sensex 26,492.51 1.21

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 15, 2014
Reserves $13.414 bln