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Australia shares seen edging up; China manufacturing data in focus SYDNEY: Australian shares are set to open slightly higher on Tuesday after Wall Street stocks rose, with investors awaiting Chinese manufacturing data for further indication of the growth outlook for the world's second-largest economy.Local share price index futures rose 0.3 percent to 4,972.0, a 5.4-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close on Monday. The benchmark climbed 0.7 percent on Monday.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index was not updating in early trade due to technical issues.US stocks climbed on Monday as last week's sharp losses brought buyers back to the market and shares of Microsoft jumped after an activist investor took a stake in the company.Copper fell almost 1 percent on Monday, to trade close to 1-1/2 year lows amid disappointing global growth and higher supply prospects.Spot iron ore prices may approach their lowest level for the year this week with Chinese mills in no rush to stock up ...

Australia shares end up on strong banks, miners; await key data SYDNEY: Australian shares closed 0.7 percent higher on Monday as major miners and banks advanced on short-covering and as gold prices rebounded, but buyers were cautious ahead of key economic reports after a recent run of weak data suggested the global economic recovery may have stalled.The big four banks all ended higher, led by Australia's biggest lender Commonwealth Bank of Australia rising 0.8 percent."We see good resilience in their share prices, and that appears to ...
FTSE hits 10-week closing low on growth concerns LONDON: Britain's top share index slipped to a 10-week closing low on Wednesday, pulled down by resource stocks on mounting concerns that global growth could weaken, hurting demand for commodities.The FTSE mining index fell 3.1 percent, the biggest sectoral decliner, followed by the oil and gas index , down 1.8 percent as investors dumped the sectors after recent economic data from China and the United States.Already fragile sentiment got a further beating after the International ...
Australian shares rally as banks lead gains, Telstra hits 5-year high SYDNEY: Australian shares rebounded 1.1 percent on Wednesday, with the mood bolstered by recovering risk appetite and data from the United States that reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve will keep its stimulus plan in place.Financials underpinned the market. Top lender the Commonwealth Bank of Australia rallied 1.7 percent while Westpac Banking Corp climbed 1 percent.Telstra jumped 2.8 percent to hit a near 5-year high of A$4.82.The S&P/ASX 200 index added 53.8 points to finish at ...
TSX falls 2.7pc on black day for gold miners TORONTO: Canada's gold miners plunged on Monday, dragging the country's main stock index to a five-month low as weaker-than-expected Chinese data prompted a wholesale retreat from bullion and a string of commodities.The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed down 332.71 points, or 2.70 percent, at 12,004.88.That was its sharpest one-day fall since June 21 last year and took the resource-rich index to its lowest close since Nov 16.<Center><b><i>Copyright Reuters, 2013</b></i><br></center> ...
TSX drops on weak resource shares, BlackBerry doubts TORONTO: Canada's main stock index fell for the first time in four sessions on Thursday as energy and mining stocks were hurt by declining prices and weak investor sentiment, while BlackBerry plunged on doubts about the company's recovery plan.BlackBerry ended the session down 7.4 percent at C$13.82, making it easily the weakest performer on the S&P/TSX composite index as analysts called into question whether the company's new BlackBerry 10 smartphones can return it to long-term ...
TSX hits 1-week high on robust China data TORONTO: Canada's main stock index extended its gains to a third straight day on Wednesday, hitting a one-week high, as positive trade data from China buoyed hopes for a global economic recovery and lifted financial and energy shares.The gains offset weakness in Barrick Gold Corp and other gold shares. The world's biggest gold mining firm was hit by a court in Chile temporarily suspending construction at a huge mine there.The price of bullion tumbled after ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,804.80 0.15
Arrow Nasdaq 4,765.38 0.36
Arrow S&P 2,070.65 0.46
Arrow FTSE 6,545.27 1.23
Arrow DAX 9,786.96 0.25
Arrow CAC-40 4,241.65 0.18
Arrow Nikkei 17,621.40 2.39
Arrow H.Seng 23,116.63 1.25
Arrow Sensex 27,371.84 0.90

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln