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Australian shares inch up, slip back as job ad data disappoints SYDNEY: Australian shares retreated from early morning gains to edge up 0.1 percent as some global miners posted modest gains, although buying interest was sparse afer new data showed a dip in local job advertising.Australian job advertisements in newspapers and on the Internet pulled back in March after two months of gains, suggesting firms are still cautious of hiring despite evidence of a revival in consumer demand."The ANZ job advertisements (series) showed a fall of 1.5 percent in March, that was probably one of the triggers [for the market pulling back from early gains]," said Stan Shamu, market strategist at IG Markets."The bearish comments from the ANZ job ads and possibly some profit taking drove the market lower."The S&P/ASX 200 index inched up 4.8 points, to 4,896.2 by 0158 GMT after reaching an intraday high of 4,914 points. The benchmark fell 0.5 percent on Friday to its lowest close in ...

Australian shares fall 0.9 percent; gold stocks plunge SYDNEY: Australian shares dropped 0.9 percent on Thursday, pulled down by weaker commodities' prices and broader concern over rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.Strong Australian retail and building data failed to lift the market.Gold stocks were hit hard after bullion dropped to a ten-month low, with the world's No 3 gold miner Newcrest Mining Ltd dropping 5.2 percent.The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 44.2 points to close at 4,913.5, according to the latest data. The benchmark ...
Sri Lanka stocks at over two weaks low COLOMBO: Sri Lankan stocks fell for the fourth straight session on Monday to hit a more than two-week low as upward pressure on interest rates kept many investors on the sidelines, while the rupee ended firmer on remittances.The main index finished 0.53 percent or 30.48 points weaker at 5,705.20, its lowest March 15."Interest rates are still high. They need to come off for retailers to get activated," said a stockbroker on condition of anonymity.Yields on ...
Australia shares seen stronger after Dow hits record high SYDNEY: Australian shares are seen rising on Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average posted a record close as strong data boosted investor sentiment, with mining and energy stocks expected to find some support on steadier resource prices.Local share price index futures rose 0.2 percent to 4,965, a 14.8-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. On Tuesday, the benchmark fell 0.8 percent to its lowest close since February 7.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 ...
Australia shares seen lower on worries over Cyprus deal SYDNEY: Australian shares are seen falling on Tuesday following losses on Wall Street as investors worry about the prospects for Cyprus and the euro zone, and weaker metal prices may hit mining stocks.Local share price index futures fell 0.9 percent to 4,960, a 30.2-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark rose 0.5 percent on Monday.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index inched up 0.2 percent, or 6.6 points to 4,347.4 in early ...
Australia shares seen recovering on Fed SYDNEY: Australian shares are set to rebound from three days of losses on Thursday, after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed its commitment to easing policy, but sentiment will remain cautious on Cyprus and uncertain demand in China.Local share price index futures was up 0.4 percent at 4,984.0, a 16.6-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark fell 0.4 percent on Wednesday.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index inched up 0.1 percent to 4,355.7 in ...
Australia shares down 0.4 percent on weaker miners, eyes on Fed SYDNEY: Australian shares closed 0.4 percent lower on Wednesday, clawing back earlier losses on hopes that the US Federal Reserve will stick to its stimulus policy.The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 20.1 points to close at 4,967.3, according to the latest data, its lowest since February 12. The benchmark had lost 0.6 percent on Tuesday.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index ended up 0.1 percent at 4,349.4. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...


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