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Asia shares edge ahead, cautious before China data SYDNEY: Asian shares crept higher on Wednesday following merger-driven gains in Europe and on Wall Street, though investors were wary in case coming figures on Chinese manufacturing again disappointed. Japan's Nikkei put on 0.9 percent while Australia's main index edged up 0.2 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.15 percent.The better mood owed much to Wall Street where the Dow rose 0.4 percent, while the S&P 500 gained 0.41 percent and the Nasdaq 0.97 percent. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares jumped 1.34 percent on Tuesday. In Asia, the focus will be on the flash HSBC manufacturing PMI for China in April, which offers one of the earliest glimpses of activity for the month. Analysts are hopeful the index will at least stabilise around the March level of 48.0. On Tuesday, China's central bank said it will cut the amount of deposits rural banks ...

Australia shares rise for 4th consecutive session, ANZ, WBC at record highs SYDNEY: Australian shares added 0.5 percent on Tuesday, steered by modest gains on Wall Street and interest for banking stocks, though volumes were light in an abbreviated trading week as the Easter holiday leads to Anzac Day on Friday. Banks underpinned the market, with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group climbing 1.2 percent to end at all-time highs of A$34.28. Westpac Banking Corp added 1 percent to A$35.29, also a record high. The S&P/ASX 200 ...
Australia shares up 0.5pc, banks & Wall St support subdued market SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.5 percent on Tuesday morning, steered by modest gains on Wall Street and interest for banking stocks, though volumes were light in an abbreviated trading week as the Easter holiday leads to Anzac day on Friday. Blue-chip banks Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Westpac Banking Corp added 0.8 percent and 0.7 percent. Mid-tier Bank of Queensland Ltd advanced 0.8 percent. Miners were hit after Chinese steel rebar futures dropped ...
Australia shares up for 5th consecutive week, Woolworths hits record high SYDNEY: Australian shares added 0.6 percent on Thursday as investors took heart from a modicum of stability on Wall Street after the recent heavy tech-driven selloff, though activity was subdued ahead of the long Easter and Anzac Day holiday break. The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 33.9 points to 5,454.2 at the close of trade. The benchmark rose 0.6 percent and is up 0.5 percent for the week, its fifth consecutive week of gains. Elsewhere, consumer ...
Australia shares up 0.5pc on Wall St, trade subdued before Easter break SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.5 percent on Thursday morning as investors took heart from a modicum of stability on Wall Street after the recent heavy tech-driven selloff, though activity was subdued ahead of the long Easter and Anzac Day holiday break. The index-heavy finance sector underpinned the market. Westpac Banking Corp gained 0.9 percent and National Australia Bank added 0.6 percent. NAB said it has appointed Anthony Healy as managing director and chiefexecutive officer of ...
Asian stocks struggle higher, lack conviction SYDNEY: Asian share markets eked out gains on Thursday as dovish comments from the head of the US Federal Reserve combined with an upbeat economic assessment from the central bank to lift Wall Street for a third straight session. However, disappointing results from Google and IBM knocked their shares lower after the bell and could crimp technology stocks in the region. Indeed, the tech and telecoms sectors in Japan's Nikkei were in the red on ...
Australia shares slide on Wall St selloff, Ukraine worries SYDNEY: Australian shares slid 1.3 percent on Monday, their biggest decline in a month, as risk appetite was knocked back by tensions in Ukraine and last week's sharp tech-driven selloff on Wall Street. The United States prepared to step up sanctions against Moscow if pro-Russian military actions in eastern Ukraine continue, a senior US envoy said on Sunday, but it is unclear whether new measures will win European support or slow the Russian-backed separatist revolt.The ...

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,514.37 0.40
Arrow Nasdaq 4,161.46 0.97
Arrow S&P 1,815.69 0.95
Arrow FTSE 6,681.76 0.85
Arrow DAX 9,600.09 2.02
Arrow CAC-40 4,484.21 1.18
Arrow Nikkei 14,388.77 0.85
Arrow H.Seng 23,003.64 0.79
Arrow Sensex 22,758.37 0.03





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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyFebruary
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln