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Sterling soars on Scottish vote, Asian shares rise TOKYO: The British pound rose sharply after the Scottish independence vote indicated Scotland would remain in the United Kingdom, while Wall Street's overnight gains and Alibaba Group's red-hot initial public offering underpinned Asian shares. Sterling was last up 0.6 percent at $1.6489 after rising as high as $1.6525, a marked turnaround from a 10-month low of $1.6051 touched just last week.Investors awaited final results, with figures so far indicating a solid win for the "No" camp. "The results appear to be leaning toward 'No,' and this indirectly lifted the dollar against the yen," said Masashi Murata, currency strategist for Brown Brothers Harriman in Tokyo. Sterling's rise against the yen took the Japanese currency down more than two full yen to buy 180.66 yen, its lowest since late 2008.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.2 percent, supported by cheer on Wall Street, where both the benchmark S&P 500 ...

Vietnam index gains 0.35 pct by midday on value buying HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index gained 0.35 percent by midday on Friday, snapping a four-day losing streak as some investors chose to pick up cheaper shares, traders said.The index ended the morning trade at 617.98, off the session's high of 619 points, with 69.5 million shares changing hands, far below the five-day trading average of 163 million shares, based on Reuters data.Petrovietnam Gas, the country's largest listed firm with capitalisation making up a fifth of ...
Hong Kong stocks up 0.36pc at break HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares ended the morning session 0.36 percent higher Friday, in line with a regional rally following a record close on Wall Street.The benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 86.23 points to 24,254.95 by the break on turnover of HK$42.38 billion ($4.67 billion).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Tokyo stocks open up 0.69pc TOKYO: Tokyo stocks opened 0.69 percent higher on Friday, buoyed by a weak yen and Wall Street's advance to another record close.The Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose 110.37 points to 16,177.94 at the start.Predictions that Scots would vote against independence from Britain put to rest worries of possible turbulence in markets.The pound was strong in early trade, buying $1.6427 against $1.6389 in New York and $1.6227 in Asian trade on Thursday.The ...
Hong Kong stocks up 0.69pc at open HONG KONG: Hong Kong stocks added 0.69 percent in the opening exchanges Friday following a record Wall Street close while bargain hunters moved in after a heavy sell-off in the previous session.The benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 165.93 points to 24,334.65 in the first few minutes.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
China shares mixed in morning trade SHANGHAI: Chinese stocks were mixed in morning trade on Friday, with investors divided in the absence of fresh cues, dealers said.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.24 percent, or 5.56 points, to 2,310.37.The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, edged up 0.08 percent, or 0.98 points, to 1,280.41. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Sri Lanka stocks at over-3-year high; more gains seen COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks closed at their highest in more than three years on Thursday led by large-caps on improved sentiment due to lower interest rates, higher foreign buying and a positive economic outlook.Stockbrokers said they expected the index to gain further.The main stock index ended up 0.39 percent, or 27.70 points, at 7,206.90, its highest close since June 10, 2011."There is a lot of buying demand. Sellers are hiding until they get a premium ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,279.74 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 4,579.79 0.30
Arrow S&P 2,010.40 0.05
Arrow FTSE 6,837.92 0.27
Arrow DAX 9,799.26 0.01
Arrow CAC-40 4,461.22 0.08
Arrow Nikkei 16,321.17 1.58
Arrow H.Seng 24,306.16 0.57
Arrow Sensex 27,090.42 0.08

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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 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln