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Stocks, oil skid on growth anxiety, China data little help SYDNEY: Asian stocks stumbled to seven-month lows on Monday, while crude oil prices were pinned near a four-year trough as promising trade numbers out of China failed to cheer a market still worried about faltering global growth. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.8 percent, extending last week's 1.1 percent drop.Mainland Chinese stocks skidded 1.1 percent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.7 percent. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index and South Korea's KOSPI both slipped 0.6 percent.Tokyo's Nikkei was spared the pain for now thanks to a public holiday in Japan. The declines in Asian markets came after US stocks skidded 1.2 percent on Friday and Wall Street's fear gauge, the CBOE Volatility Index, jumped to a near two-year high. Investors have been cutting back on risk assets in earnest with Europe staring at the prospects of a recession, Japan's economy floundering, China's expansion slowing and the Federal ...

Australia shares jump 1pc supported by banks, Wall St SYDNEY: Australian shares climbed 1.1 percent on Thursday, underpinned by financials and rebounding from 8-month lows in the previous session after the US Federal Reserve indicated it would not raise rates for a "considerable time".The S&P/ASX 200 index added 55.4 points to 5,296.7 at the close of trade, its biggest one-day percentage gain since Aug. 12. The benchmark, which snapped three sessions of losses, fell 0.8 percent on Wednesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index ...
Australia shares slip, hover at 8 month lows on global growth worries SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares slipped 0.8 percent on Wednesday, hovering near 8-month lows as heightened global growth concerns prompted investors to seek shelter in safe-haven assets like government debt. Growth sensitive sectors such as basic materials and consumer cyclicals were the hardest hit, shedding more than 1 percent each. Losses were broad-based, with Challenger Ltd and Fairfax Media Ltd each down around 4 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 40 points to 5,244.1 by 0140 GMT ...
Asia shares skid, bonds benefit on global growth worries SYDNEY: Asian stocks fell on Wednesday as worries about waning global growth lifted safe-haven bonds and the yen, while shoving oil prices to their lowest in more than two years. Government bonds were in big demand as investors wagered global inflation would continue to slow and even put off the day when US interest rates might rise.Minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting are due later in the session and markets will be acutely ...
Australia shares close at February lows after IMF cuts growth forecasts SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.8 percent on Wednesday to close at February lows after the International Monetary Fund cut its global economic growth forecasts, prompting investors to seek shelter in safe-haven assets. The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 42.9 points to 5,241.3 at the close of trade. The benchmark finished 0.2 percent lower on Tuesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.2 percent or 10.2 points to 5,245.9. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Asia shares stumble, oil skids to 27 month lows SYDNEY: Asian share markets were mostly in the red on Wednesday as worries about waning global growth lifted safe-haven bonds, while shoving oil prices to their lowest in more than two years. Extending a three-month-long decline, Brent oil sank $1.18 to $90.93 a barrel while US crude tumbled $1.07 to $87.78. The protracted slide should be a windfall for consumer spending power, but is also a powerful force for disinflation in much of the developed ...
Australia shares reverse losses to end higher on week, banks rally SYDNEY: Australian shares reversed early morning losses to finish higher on Friday as a late-session rally among banks and an uptick in high-yielding stocks helped boost investor sentiment ahead of key US jobs data due later in the global day. The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.4 percent or 20.5 points to 5,318.20 at close. The benchmark lost 0.7 percent on Thursday, but edged 0.1 percent higher on the week, snapping five consecutive weeks of losses. ...


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