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European investors look past Ukraine, focus on ECB LONDON: European markets advanced despite the conflict in Ukraine, focusing on whether the European Central Bank will announce plans for economic stimulus when it meets this week.Ukraine reported its forces were under fire from Russian tanks again on Monday, as new signs emerged that the turmoil was damaging the European economy.Manufacturing output in the euro zone grew at its slowest pace in more than a year and factories reported falling orders as weakness showed up in most corners of the region."Although some growth is better than no growth at all, the braking effect of rising economic and geopolitical uncertainties on manufacturers is becoming more visible," said Rob Dobson, senior economist at Markit."France remains a real concern, as does Italy's descent from solid expansion to stagnation. Signs that growth impetus waned in the key industrial engine of Germany, and in Spain and the Netherlands, too, is also less than reassuring."Even so, ...

Britain's FTSE creeps up; ITV boosted by bid speculation LONDON: Britain's top equity index inched up on Monday, led by gains in broadcaster ITV on talk of a takeover from Virgin Media owner Liberty Global.ITV's shares hit their highest levels since January 2001, up 3.6 percent. The speculation was fuelled by a report in The Telegraph saying Liberty was canvassing support from major ITV shareholders following its acquisition of a 6.4 percent stake. ITV declined to comment on the rumours.Analysts at Liberum noted a ...
European stocks sag; ruble slumps on Ukraine crisis LONDON: European stocks fell on Monday on weak manufacturing data and the fast-moving Ukraine crisis, as the ruble hit a record dollar low on worries over new Western sanctions against Russia.The euro struck a one-year low against the US currency before Thursday's European Central Bank (ECB) meeting where policymakers will consider their next move to counter the threat of deflation in the eurozone.In midday deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index lost 0.10 percent to 6,812.65 ...
Investors see growth in stocks, shunning Russia LONDON: Emerging market stocks pushed higher on Monday, with investors convinced an era of easy money from the U.S. Federal Reserve has further to run outnumbering those spooked by worsening relations between Russia and the West.The MSCI emerging index rose 0.24 percent, unruffled by overnight data showing slowing growth in China's factory sector during August which many took as a sign more stimulus is to come.Markets were thin due to a U.S. holiday on Monday.But ...
Britain's FTSE edges lower; HSBC, Tesco hurt by stake sales LONDON: Britain's top equity index edged lower on Monday, pressured by weakness in bank HSBC and supermarket retailer Tesco after key shareholders sold stakes.HSBC knocked 4.5 points off the UK benchmark, accounting for all of its fall, after one of Britain's most high-profile fund managers, Neil Woodford, said he had sold his fund's stake in the banking group. He cited concerns over the potential impact on the company of several industry-wide probes."In particular, I am ...
Weak PMI data signals slowdown, currencies range-bound BUDAPEST: Central European currencies were tightly range-bound on Monday amid jittery sentiment after fresh PMI data showing a slowdown in the region's economies added to concerns over the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.Western powers may impose more trade sanctions on Russia and some analysts said their impact could further hit the economies of the region, keeping Central European assets under pressure. But the timing of any new trade sanctions remains uncertain."The EU summit over the weekend ...
Europe holds nerve as Russia-Ukraine warnings ratchet up LONDON: European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia's conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control on Monday, as investors focused on the European Central Bank's meeting this week and hopes it will strengthen its stimulus plans.Shares on the region's FTSEurofirst 300 index nudged 0.2 percent higher in early trading following a similar performance by Asian stocks despite some mildly disappointing data from China.Euro zone periphery bonds suggested that appetite for risk was alive ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,351.38 1.82
Arrow Nasdaq 4,749.98 2.46
Arrow S&P 1,948.86 1.83
Arrow FTSE 6,083.31 0.41
Arrow DAX 10,048.05 0.32
Arrow CAC-40 4,554.92 0.30
Arrow Nikkei 18,095.40 0.39
Arrow H.Seng 20,934.94 1.18
Arrow Sensex 25,453.56 0.95

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln