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Shoppers soars on Loblaw deal, TSX at 1-month high TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rose on Monday to a one-month high as a deal by grocer Loblaw Cos Ltd to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Corp for C$12.4 billion ($11.9 billion) boosted the pharmacy chain's shares and buoyed broader market sentiment.Investors also digested data showing the Chinese economy slowed in the second quarter and US retail sales rose less than expected in June.The shares of Shoppers, the country's biggest pharmacy chain, shot up more than 24 percent and had the biggest positive influence on the market.Facing heightened competition from Target Corp and Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Loblaw said it would create a retail giant with more than C$42 billion in revenue and gain access to the growing small-urban store sector."Loblaw has reorganized its business operations with a vengeance," said Elvis Picardo, strategist and vice president of research at Global Securities in Vancouver. "It spun off its real estate operations into a ...

Energy, financials lift TSX to 2-week high as mood improves TORONTO: Canada's main stock index hit a two-week high on Monday, led by higher energy and financial stocks, as optimism about the economic recovery gained momentum after Friday's US jobs data and hopes for the upcoming earnings season lifted sentiment.The market set its sights on the US second-quarter earnings season, which kicked off with Alcoa Inc results after the closing bell on Monday, as well as the Canadian reporting season which picks up later this ...
TSX slips as geopolitical, economic fears resurface TORONTO: Canada's main stock index dropped in volatile trading on Wednesday as political turmoil in Portugal and Egypt coupled with sluggish data out of China to stoke investor worries about the global economic recovery.Higher bullion prices pushed up gold stocks and crude oil prices shot up on Middle East tensions, but failed to provide much support to energy shares, which edged higher.Investors had much to process on Wednesday as Egypt's armed forces overthrew elected President ...
Australia shares down 2.1pc on offshore selling, economic uncertainty SYDNEY: Australian shares dropped 2.0 percent in afternoon trade on Wednesday, pinned down by resources as offshore funds accelerated selling on concerns about slower growth in the region.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 97.3 points to 4,738.4 by 0350 GMT. The benchmark rallied 2.6 percent on Tuesday. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
TSX turns lower as gold miners weigh TORONTO: Canada's main stock index turned negative on Tuesday after a sharp drop in shares of gold producers, following a weaker bullion, offset strength in the energy sector.The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 5.53 points, or 0.05 percent, at 12,123.58 in mid-afternoon trade.Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
Australia shares rebound on Wall St, investors await RBA decision SYDNEY: Australian shares climbed 1.9 percent on Tuesday as Wall Street rose overnight, recovering losses from the previous session as investors await cues from the Reserve Bank of Australia's policy meeting later in the day.Financials rebounded from the previous session. Top lender Commonwealth Bank of Australia rallied 1.6 percent while Australia and New Zealand Banking Group climbed 1.4 percent. Westpac Banking Corp added 1.1 percent.The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 87.7 points to 4,798 by 0128 ...
Soaring golds buoy TSX; but BlackBerry gets pummeled TORONTO: Canada's main stock index hit a one-week high on Friday as gold-mining shares shot through the roof after bullion rallied, overshadowing a plunge in smartphone maker BlackBerry.The gold sector soared more than 8 percent to record its biggest single-day percentage jump in more than 3-1/2 years.Despite its gain on the last trading day of the second quarter, the index posted its biggest quarterly decline in a year, falling 4.9 percent.BlackBerry lost more than 26 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,718.54 1.62
Arrow Nasdaq 4,876.52 2.37
Arrow S&P 2,061.05 1.46
Arrow FTSE 6,990.97 0.41
Arrow DAX 11,865.32 1.16
Arrow CAC-40 5,020.99 1.30
Arrow Nikkei 19,746.20 0.17
Arrow H.Seng 24,528.23 0.54
Arrow Sensex 28,111.83 0.17

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ICT 2014

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