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Emerging market funds seek escape from traditional indexes LONDON: Emerging market fund managers are seeking to escape from the straitjacket of traditional benchmark indexes in favour of a more flexible approach to capture the diverging performances of different countries and sectors.The dilemma for such investors is illustrated by MSCI's widely used emerging equity benchmark. So far this year, this index is down more than 12 percent, mainly due to losses in big markets such as Brazil and China. Minor player Hungary, however, has gained some 30 percent.Similarly, in the debt market, Russian rouble bonds have returned 20 percent this year versus double-digit losses on the underlying emerging debt index which is driven by Brazil and South Africa.Hence, asset managers are behind tempted towards treating each country on its own merits, moving away from traditional indexes or even dumping them altogether.Columbia Threadneedle, for example, increasingly runs bond portfolios on a global 'go anywhere' basis, as boundaries between emerging and ...

Britain's FTSE ends lower as miners slump LONDON: British shares retreated on Friday as miners pushed the blue-chip FTSE 100 index into negative territory following weak Chinese industrial data which reignited concerns over China's economic slowdown. Chinese industrial profits fell 4.6 percent in October, declining for the fifth month in a row, while leading Chinese shares ended the session over 5 percent lower, also hit by a new regulatory crackdown. The FTSE 350 mining index was the main sectoral decliner, falling 3.7 ...
European shares retreat from three-month high as China wobbles LONDON: A leading European share index retreated from a three-month high on Friday, hit by a drop in shares of mining companies after a slump in Chinese equities. Anticipation of further stimulus by the European Central Bank next week helped to cushion the fall.The FTSEurofirst 300 ended down 0.26 percent at 1,512.32, after posting its highest close since August on Thursday. Mining stocks fell the most, declining 2.7 percent. China, the world's biggest consumer of ...
China plunge sparks sell-off across Asian stock markets LONDON: A plunge in Chinese stocks triggered by a probe into several brokerages and profits sinking at the country's industrial giants by far more than expected dragged down Asian markets on Friday.But the turbulence failed to spread beyond Asia, with European and and US indices holding steady, unlike last August when a panic-driven sell-off in China sparked volatility in markets across the world.With Shanghai slumping more than six percent at one point, painful memories of ...
European stocks retreat at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets opened lower on Friday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index down 0.6 percent at 6,357.42 points.In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 dipped 0.4 percent to 11,277.91 points and the Paris CAC 40 lost 0.6 percent to 4,919.01 compared with Thursday's closing level.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
European shares rise to three-month high in thin trade MILAN/LONDON: European shares hit fresh three-month highs on Thursday, rising in thin trade as expectations grew for aggressive European Central Bank action next week. A solid quarterly report from chipmaker Infineon and a rebound in metal prices also provided support. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.9 percent at 1,515.25 points, hitting its highest level since August. However, the index's rise came in low volumes, trading just 40 percent of its 90-day average amount ...
Turkish shares drop 2pc on Russia, central bank worries ISTANBUL: The main Istanbul stock index fell 2 percent on Thursday amid worries about tensions with Moscow following Turkey's downing of a Russian jet in Syria. Investors have also expressed concern about Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's commitment to the central bank's independence when his government programme, released on Wednesay, failed to contain a line about its ability to set monetary policy independently. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,798.49 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 5,127.52 0.22
Arrow S&P 2,090.11 0.06
Arrow FTSE 6,375.15 0.28
Arrow DAX 11,293.76 0.24
Arrow CAC-40 4,930.14 0.32
Arrow Nikkei 19,883.94 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 22,068.32 1.87
Arrow Sensex 26,128.20 0.65

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