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Euro left reeling after ECB's liquidity splurge LONDON: The euro was deep in the red on Friday, having suffered its steepest fall in three years after the European Central Bank stunned markets by cutting interest rates and embarking on a trillion-euro asset-buying binge.The aggressive shift sent short-term bond yields into negative territory in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Austria, giving investors an overwhelming incentive to sell euros for higher-yielding assets elsewhere.That stood in stark contrast to the United States, where upbeat data only reinforced the case for the Federal Reserve to wind down its stimulus, driving the dollar higher and sideswiping oil and gold in the process.After surging to a 6-1/2 month high on Thursday, European share markets saw some minor profit taking as the US payrolls report loomed large later in the session.London's FTSE 100, the DAX in Frankfurt and CAC 40 in Paris were all around 0.1-0.2 percent lower but this week's gains - the ...

Turkish markets slip ahead of US jobs data ISTANBUL: Turkish assets slipped on Friday, reversing gains driven by unexpected euro zone easing, as the focus turned to US jobs figures which could help prompt monetary tightening in the world's biggest economy. Turkey is especially sensitive to changes in global liquidity conditions because of its large current account deficit, which is financed with foreign capital inflows. Istanbul's main share index was down 0.23 percent at 82,039 points by 0737 GMT, outpacing the 0.4 percent ...
UK's FTSE slips back as Randgold retreats LONDON: Britain's top equity index retreated on Friday from its highest level in more than 14 years, with gold mining company Randgold Resources hit by a fall in the price of the precious metal. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index, which hit a 14-1/2 year high of 6,904.86 points earlier this week, slipped back by 0.1 percent, or 8.32 points, to 6,869.65 points in early trade. Randgold Resources fell 2.8 percent, making it the worst-performing FTSE ...
Russian stocks tread water ahead of expected Ukraine ceasefire MOSCOW: Russia's stock indexes hovered close to opening levels on Friday, caught between hope for a possibly imminent ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and fear over possible further Western sanctions against Moscow. The markets had opened slightly down before creeping into positive territory.At 0840 GMT, the dollar-denominated RTS index was up 0.2 percent to 1,244 points, while the rouble-based MICEX index was 0.1 higher at 1,459 points. The lack of large movements came on the threshold ...
Polish bond rally loses steam, US data eyed BUDAPEST/WARSAW: Polish government bonds firmed a shade on Friday as the approach of pivotal US jobs data renewed caution in Central European markets after Thursday's ECB-inspired rally.The European Central Bank's latest drive to push money into the euro zone economy makes high-yielding assets in emerging markets more attractive.But many investors may seek safer assets if US payroll data due at 1230 GMT are strong and suggest that the Federal Reserve can give an early signal ...
European shares dip after ECB rally; eyes on US payrolls LONDON: European stocks fell on Friday as traders cashed in on recent gains, fuelled by fresh monetary stimulus in Europe, and awaited US jobs data for insight on growth and future interest rates in the world's largest economy. After a surprise rate cut and other easing measures from the European Central bank on Thursday, the focus shifted to the outlook across the Atlantic, with investors weighing the prospect of stronger economic growth against the chance ...
Moscow shares rise after Ukraine peace talks start MOSCOW: Moscow shares rose on Friday afternoon on news that talks aimed at achieving a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine had started in Minsk. At 1105 GMT the dollar-denominated RTS index was up 0.7 percent on the day at 1,250 points, while the rouble-based MICEX was up 0.5 percent at 1,464 points, both up from around 0.2 percent gains seen before the meeting.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,689.86 0.03
Arrow Nasdaq 5,128.28 0.01
Arrow S&P 2,103.84 0.23
Arrow FTSE 6,696.28 0.41
Arrow DAX 11,308.99 0.46
Arrow CAC-40 5,082.61 0.72
Arrow Nikkei 20,585.24 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 24,636.28 0.56
Arrow Sensex 28,114.56 1.48

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln