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Australia shares post modest gains on Bernanke comments SYDNEY: Australian shares edged up 0.2 percent on Thursday morning after US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the timeline for winding down stimulus was not set in stone, but losses in defensive stocks kepts them below an important resistance level.Financials underpinned the index gains. Westpac Banking Corp rose 0.7 percent and top lender Commonwealth Bank of Australia added 0.5 percent. National Australia Bank climbed 0.9 percent.Global mining firm Rio Tinto Ltd rose 1 percent.US stocks ended modestly higher after Bernanke said the US central bank still expects to start scaling back its massive bond-buying program later this year, but the timeline depended on the economic outlook."It was a complete reiteration of his speech last week with even more cues that tapering is conditional on data," IG market strategist Evan Lucas said in a note."You could hear the market taking a big deep breath on this news."The S&P/ASX 200 index ...

Potash Corp drop drags TSX lower, focus turns to Fed TORONTO: Canadian stocks fell on Tuesday as slumping Potash Corp shares offset gold-miner gains, but market attention was locked on what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke might say on Wednesday about the US central bank's stimulus program.Potash, the world's biggest fertilizer producer, dropped 3.3 percent after disappointing results from rival Mosaic Co reflected falling potash prices and raised concerns about demand. Potash's fall was the biggest negative influence on the index.The market also processed mixed ...
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 ...
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 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,826.30 1.54
Arrow Nasdaq 4,931.82 1.52
Arrow S&P 2,081.18 1.13
Arrow FTSE 6,994.60 0.93
Arrow DAX 11,688.70 2.58
Arrow CAC-40 5,143.26 1.55
Arrow Nikkei 19,652.88 1.17
Arrow H.Seng 27,653.12 0.31
Arrow Sensex 28,442.10 0.78

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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
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Reserves $16.818 bln