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Tokyo stocks down 1.02pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks fell 1.02 percent Thursday morning after a three-day holiday, tracking declines on Wall Street which reacted to poor US jobs data and a warning from the Federal Reserve chief on high equity valuations.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange fell 199.81 points to 19,331.82 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section issues was down 0.64 percent, or 10.15 points, to 1,575.46.Fed chair Janet Yellen, speaking at a Washington conference, warned that "equity market valuations at this point generally are quite high".Payroll firm ADP meanwhile reported the US added just 169,000 private-sector jobs in April, the second month in a row under 200,000.The data came ahead of Friday's highly anticipated Labor Department jobs report, with a weak reading likely to further cloud the timeline for a Fed interest rate hike."The US economy was expected to bottom out in March and recover in the ...

Shares in Hong Kong, Shanghai end lower for second day HONG KONG: Shares in Hong Kong and mainland China closed lower Wednesday for a second day, on fears the mainland market is headed for a correction.Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index ended down 114.63 points or 0.41 percent at 27,640.91 on turnover of HK$161.3 billion (US$20.7 billion).The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.62 percent, or 69.44 points, to 4,229.27 on turnover of 716.5 billion yuan ($117.2 billion).The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's ...
Vietnam index edges up 0.13pc, energy stocks up HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index inched up 0.13 percent by midday on Wednesday, lifted by energy stocks after the government allowed a hike in retail fuel prices.Petrovietnam Gas, the country's largest company in terms of market value, led the gainers with a 3.17 percent advance, followed by Petrovietnam Well Services Corp that edged up 2.73 percent.Vietnam raised the retail petrol price by 11.28 percent to 19,230 dong ($0.89) per litre late on Tuesday, the second ...
Asia shares lose steam as Wall Street sags HONG KONG: Asian stocks lost steam on Wednesday, with most leading indexes in retreat after US markets slumped on worries about surging oil prices and growing tensions over the Greek debt crisis.Sydney tumbled 1.53 percent, Seoul was down 1.13 percent and Hong Kong slipped 0.29 percent in early trade. Tokyo was closed for a holiday.Chinese shares bucked the trend, with Shanghai rising 0.87 percent to recover some ground after the index plunged more than four ...
Hong Kong stocks up 0.91pc at break HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks gained 0.91 percent by noon on Wednesday, bouncing back after a decline the previous day despite worries about higher oil prices and worsening tensions over the Greek debt crisis.The benchmark Hang Seng index added 251.37 points to 28,006.91 by the mid-session break. Chinese shares were also higher at midday, after Shanghai's benchmark index dropped more than four percent on Tuesday.The Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.35 percent, or 57.99 points, to ...
Indian shares edge lower in choppy trade MUMBAI: Indian shares edged lower in a choppy session on Tuesday, led by declines in domestic-oriented stocks on worries that the remaining January-March quarterly earnings may not meet market expectations while lower Asian stocks also weighed on sentiment. The benchmark BSE index closed down 0.18 percent at 27,440.14, while the broader NSE index ended 0.09 percent lower at 8,324.80. ITC Ltd lost 1.2 percent, while HDFC Bank Ltd lost 1.3 percent. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Sri Lanka shares close at two-month high on hopes of better earnings COLOMBO: Sri Lankan shares rose to a more than two-month high on Tuesday due to local buying in large-caps, while foreign investors exited from risky assets. The main stock index rose 0.32 percent to 7,202.11, its highest closing level since March 4. It has gained 4.36 percent since the central bank cut key rates on April 15, while yields on t-bills have fallen 40-50 basis points since then. "Confidence is slowly coming into the market ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,232.02 0.29
Arrow Nasdaq 5,089.36 0.03
Arrow S&P 2,126.06 0.22
Arrow FTSE 7,031.72 0.05
Arrow DAX 11,815.01 0.42
Arrow CAC-40 5,142.89 0.07
Arrow Nikkei 20,264.41 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 27,992.83 1.70
Arrow Sensex 27,957.50 0.53

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyMay 21, 2015
Reserves $17.75 bln