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Australian shares rise 0.5pc at open; Whitehaven surges SYDNEY: Australian shares bounced 0.5 percent early on Wednesday, after Wall Street rose for a second straight day as investors bet the Federal Reserve will maintain its stimulus support.A weaker Australian dollar also benefited stocks with overseas exposure including global miners BHP Billiton Ltd and Rio Tinto Ltd, which climbed 0.9 percent and 1.5 percent respectively.Shares in coal miner Whitehaven Coal Ltd surged 8.1 percent after Australian tycoon Nathan Tinkler sold nearly half his stake. The S&P/ASX 200 index added 24.5 points to 4,838.8 by 0012 GMT. The benchmark slipped 0.2 percent on Tuesday.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index dropped 0.2 percent to 4,451.8.Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...

Fed optimism, Tim Hortons lift TSX to 1-week high TORONTO: Canada's main stock index climbed to a one-week high on Tuesday as positive economic data and hopes that the US Federal Reserve will stick to its supportive monetary policy drove gains in almost every major sector.Coffee chain Tim Hortons Inc also boosted Canada's main stock index rising 4 percent on news that it now faces pressure from US hedge fund Scout Capital Management to make changes after recently outlining plans to address the concerns ...
Fed hopes buoy TSX as bank, energy shares climb TORONTO: Canada's main stock index jumped on Monday as hopes that this week's Federal Reserve meeting would reaffirm support for the US central bank's easy monetary policy spurred sharp gains in shares of financial and energy companies.The rise helped the market recover from its 1.5 percent loss last week, but the index remained in negative territory for the year.As with global equity markets, Toronto stocks have been hit in recent weeks by fears the Fed ...
Australia shares post biggest one-day gain in 18 months SYDNEY: Australian shares rebounded 2.1 percent on Friday, their biggest one-day gain in 18 months, as high-yielding stocks led by blue chip financials underpinned the local market after Wall Street rallied overnight.Financials were led by National Australia Bank soaring 3.6 percent while Australia's fourth largest bank, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group climbed 3 percent.The S&P/ASX 200 index to climbed 96 points to 4,791.8, according to the latest data. The benchmark index is up 1.1 ...
TSX rallies on news of Safeway deal TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rebounded on Thursday after days of weakness as worries about central bank stimulus were offset by a jump in Empire Co Ltd , which is buying Safeway Inc's Canadian assets for $5.7 billion.The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended the day up 167.24 points, or 1.38 percent, at 12,277.13, recovering from a seven-week low early in the session. All 10 of the index's subgroups were firmer.Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
Safeway deal helps TSX bounce strongly from 7-wk low TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rebounded on Thursday following two sessions of steep losses, helped by a jump in Empire Co Ltd after the company said it will buy Safeway Inc's Canadian assets for $5.7 billion.Shares of Empire, the operator of grocery chain Sobeys, jumped nearly 10.6 percent after investors and analysts cheered the move, which will nearly double the company's reach in Western Canada.The Toronto market also received a lift from stronger-than-expected US jobless ...
Australia shares fall 0.7pc to 5 month low as banks drag SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.7 percent on Wednesday, closing at a five-month low, as a global fall for equities and disappointment that the Bank of Japan did not take new easing steps the previous day hurt appetites.Financials led losses as overseas investors sold off index-heavy banks on the back of the weaker Australian dollar and higher bond yields, analysts said.The S&P/ASX 200 index dropped 32.6 points to 4,724.5, its lowest point since Jan 16. The ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,132.70 0.45
Arrow Nasdaq 4,963.53 0.49
Arrow S&P 2,104.50 0.30
Arrow FTSE 6,946.66 0.04
Arrow DAX 11,401.66 0.66
Arrow CAC-40 4,951.48 0.83
Arrow Nikkei 18,797.94 0.06
Arrow H.Seng 24,823.29 0.32
Arrow Sensex 29,220.12 1.65

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln