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China data disappoints, euro hostage to ECB ability to surprise SYDNEY: Asian share markets grudgingly gave ground on Thursday while the euro flatlined at $1.3600, hostage to great expectations that the European Central Bank will finally end months of dithering by easing policy further.Not helping was a drop in HSBC/Markit's measure of the China service sector to 50.7 in May from April's 51.4, though that was still above the 50-point level that is supposed to separate growth from contraction. The findings buck the trend seen in other China surveys in recent days which suggested the economy may be stabilising after a weak start to the year and raise the question of whether Beijing needs to do more to put a floor beneath growth. Japan's Nikkei shed early gains to be up just a sliver at 15,082 points, so far failing to extend a two-week rally to test the April top of 15,164. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan ...

Australia shares slip as banks trade ex-dividend, investors await ECB SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares eased to two-week lows on Thursday morning, as blue-chip banks dragged on the index in a session characterised by caution ahead of expected easing steps from the European Central Bank later in the global day.A drop in HSBC/Markit's measure of the China service sector to 50.7 in May from April's 51.4 also checked risk appetite, although other recent data showed Asia's economic powerhouse may be starting to stabilise after a worrying loss ...
Australia's iSentia rises over 20pc on market debut, extends strong IPO run SYDNEY: Shares in Australian media monitoring company iSentia Group Ltd jumped more than 20 percent on their market debut on Thursday, extending a run of strong initial public offerings on the Sydney stock exchange. The shares climbed as much as 23 percent over their A$2.04 issue price after Australian investment firm Quadrant Private Equity sold 69.5 percent of the company in a A$283.56 million ($262.86 million) in the IPO. The stock was up 19 percent ...
Australia shares dip to 2-week lows on banks, miners SYDNEY: Australian shares lost 0.6 percent on Wednesday to a near 2-week low, driven by losses across the financial sector and a drop among miners as iron ore prices continued to fall - although upbeat GDP data helped to bolster sentiment.Australia's economy grew at its fastest pace in two years last quarter as exports surged by the most since 1999, though the long-awaited revival may have already been endangered by a government crusade for fiscal ...
Australia shares fall 0.7 percent as banks weigh SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.7 percent on Tuesday as weakness in major banks weighed on the index, while a slight uptick among miners helped contain losses as new data showed growth in China, Australia's largest export market.Stocks showed little reaction to the decision by Australia's central bank to hold its cash rate at a record low of 2.5 percent for a ninth straight policy meeting as past cuts slowly work their way through the economy.The ...
Australia shares gain; Karoon Gas, UGL jump SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.5 percent on Monday, buoyed by another record close on Wall Street, with strength in big name banking stocks helping offset losses among miners. Karoon Gas Ltd rocketed 42.7 percent to finish at A$3.51, its highest point since Jan. 30 after Australian energy giant Origin Energy Ltd said it will buy a 40 percent stake in Karoon's Poseidon Browse Basin assets for up to $800 million. The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed ...
Australia shares underpinned by banks; Karoon Gas rockets 40pc SYDNEY: Australian shares clawed higher on Monday, buoyed by another record close on Wall Street, with strength in banks like Commonwealth Bank of Australia helping offset losses in miners. Karoon Gas Ltd soared over 40 percent to a four-month high on news it will sell its stake in Poseidon Browse Basin assets to Origin Energy Ltd for up to $800 million. Origin Energy dropped 3.3 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 index was up 0.2 percent or ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,982.59 0.13
Arrow Nasdaq 4,444.91 0.10
Arrow S&P 1,978.91 0.03
Arrow FTSE 6,788.07 0.05
Arrow DAX 9,598.17 0.48
Arrow CAC-40 4,344.77 0.33
Arrow Nikkei 15,529.40 0.46
Arrow H.Seng 24,428.63 0.88
Arrow Sensex 25,991.23 0.52

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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln