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European stocks slide as Fed winds up QE stimulus LONDON: European stocks sank on Thursday, with Athens and Lisbon pulled down sharply by banks, as investors worried over the withdrawal of US Federal Reserve stimulus and the health of eurozone banking.Losses were capped by news that the US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter, much stronger than expected, after 4.6-percent expansion in the previous three months.But the Fed's withdrawal of its vast bond-buying scheme known as quantitative easing (QE), also hit sentiment across global markets.The US central bank repeated plans overnight to keep record-low interest rates, but also sparked market speculation that it could seek to lift borrowing costs sooner than expected.In early afternoon trading, Athens stocks plunged 3.68 percent and Lisbon slumped 2.54 percent, on renewed doubts over recent stress tests on the eurozone bank sector.Milan fell 1.19 percent and Madrid sank 1.34 percent amid lingering concern over the tests conducted ...

Greek stocks fall 4 percent, traders cite political risk ATHENS: Greek shares fell sharply in early Thursday trade with traders citing political risk and fears of snap elections prompting some investors to reduce exposure. The Athens Stock Exchange's general index fell 4.6 percent at 0929 GMT, with banks losing 8.9 pct. "The country's risk is up on political uncertainty and fears of possible early polls, prompting some investors to pull out", said Takis Zamanis, chief trader at Beta Securities. "Technically, support levels on the ...
Britain's FTSE feel weight of commodity stocks after hawkish Fed EDINBURGH: Britain's top share index edged lower on Thursday, under pressure from commodity stocks after the Federal Reserve struck a surprisingly hawkish tone in its outlook for US interest rates.The FTSE 100 gave away early gains to trade 0.2 percent lower at 6,442.51 at 0903 GMT, underperforming a 0.4 percent rise on the FTSEurofirst 300 and German DAX and a 0.7 percent rise on the CAC. Miners, commodity and oil related stocks, which have a ...
Emerging assets mostly weaker post-Fed, rouble bears brunt LONDON: Emerging markets mostly fell on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve set the clock ticking on its first interest rate rise in almost a decade, with a surging dollar taking an especially heavy toll on currencies. Russia, hurt by its own domestic woes, continued its run as the worst performing market, with the currency falling to a record low against the dollar. The greenback firmed after the Fed ended its six-year long asset purchase ...
Oil services group Technip eases concerns over oil sector strife PARIS: French oil services group Technip reported higher than expected third-quarter profit and revenue and stuck to its targets on Thursday, reassuring investors spooked by the spending slowdown by oil majors and the decline in oil prices.Shares in the group, which have shed 17 percent this year after losing more than 20 percent last year on concerns about spending cuts by oil majors, jumped nearly 8 percent in early trading."The stock is rebounding because they ...
French stocks lead Europe higher on positive company results LONDON: French stocks Alcatel Lucent , Technip and Renault led a rise in European shares early on Thursday after posting upbeat corporate updates.Auto-maker Renault upgraded its European auto market growth forecast, telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent improved its gross profit margin in the latest quarter and oil services group Technip posted higher-than-expected operating profit.The shares rose between 5 percent and 10 percent by 0808 GMT, with France's benchmark CAC 40 index up 0.9 percent.The pan-European FTSEurofirst ...
European stocks advance at open LONDON: European stock markets rose at the start of trading on Thursday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index up 0.40 percent to 6,479.84 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 firmed 0.10 percent to 9,091.13 points and in Paris the CAC 40 gained 0.67 percent to 4,138.08 compared with Wednesday's closing value.In Paris, the price of shares in telecommunications equipment group Alcatel-Lucent surged by 10.13 percent to 2.25 euros on a reduced third-quarter loss, and shares in auto group ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,195.42 1.30
Arrow Nasdaq 4,566.14 0.37
Arrow S&P 1,994.65 0.62
Arrow FTSE 6,463.55 0.15
Arrow DAX 9,114.84 0.35
Arrow CAC-40 4,141.24 0.74
Arrow Nikkei 15,658.00 1.67
Arrow H.Seng 23,702.04 1.49
Arrow Sensex 27,346.33 0.92

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
Imports $45.11 bln
WeeklyOctober 27, 2014
Reserves $13.464 bln