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Rouble hits new low, at forefront of emerging market losses LONDON: Expectations of a hawkish tone from the U.S. Fed this week pushed emerging stocks towards their ninth straight day of losses on Tuesday, while in Russia, the rouble tumbled to another record low against the dollar.The U.S. Federal Reserve meets on Tuesday and Wednesday and is expected to flag the end of its bond-buying programme and to provide clues about the timing of its first rate rise. While the dollar has steadied after strong gains last week, emerging assets are increasingly pricing in the prospect of reduced global liquidity.Worst hit are markets such as Turkey and South Africa, which have big external funding needs, and Russia which is being hurt by Western sanctions and an economy headed for recession. Another source of worry has been data indicating a slowdown in China.MSCI's emerging equity index fell almost half a percent to a one-month low, dragged down by a near 2 ...

Financial stocks push UK's FTSE lower as Scottish vote approaches LONDON: Britain's top share index fell on Tuesday, with financial stocks underperforming as investors showed reluctance to buy up new positions due to uncertainty before Scotland's independence vote on Thursday.The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down by 0.5 percent, or 32.25 points, at 6,771.96 points by the middle of the trading day, with a fall in financial stocks taking the most points off the index.Online fashion retailer ASOS also slumped by 10.2 percent, after the ...
Europe stocks slip as Fed jitters eclipse M&A fever PARIS: European stocks fell on Tuesday, with one index hitting a two-week low, as this week's referendum on independence in Scotland and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting kept investors on edge.The worries overshadowed recent enthusiasm about brisk mergers and acquisition activity in Europe in the past few days.Jazztel helped to lead the gains across Europe on Tuesday, rising 5.7 percent on the day after a 13 percent rally on Monday. France's Orange has announced a ...
World stocks hit 1-month low, caution ahead of Fed LONDON: Global shares hit a one-month low on Tuesday as investors refrained from placing strong bets before a Fed meeting that could adjust expectations about how soon the U.S. central bank will hike interest rates.The MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 45 countries, was down 0.2 percent by 1047 GMT after hitting its lowest since mid-August earlier in the day in Europe. The FTSEurofirst 300 was down 0.5 percent.Speculation that the Federal Reserve ...
Fed nerves hit European shares, sap M&A enthusiasm LONDON: European equity indexes fell on Tuesday as nerves about a tightening in US monetary policy sapped investor enthusiasm - even for new mergers & acquisitions activity.France's Orange fell 1.2 percent after unveiling a deal to buy Spanish fixed line telecommunications operator Jazztel, whose shares surged 6 percent, adding to a 12 percent rise on Monday. Shares in Danish telecoms group TDC were down 1.2 percent after it said it would buy Norway's second-largest cable ...
European stocks markets dip at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets nudged lower at the start of trading on Tuesday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index easing 0.06 percent to 6,780.51 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 dropped 0.16 percent to 9,644.28 points and the CAC 40 in Paris edged down 0.06 percent to stand at 4,426.15 compared with Monday's close.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Europe shares rise as M&A fever boosts brewers PARIS: European shares rose around midday on Monday, led by a sharp rally in brewers such as SABMiller and Heineken sparked by M&A activity in the sector.Shares in SABMiller jumped 13 percent to a record high following a report in the Wall Street Journal saying that rival Anheuser-Busch InBev is in talks with banks about financing a possible $122 billion bid to acquire SABMiller.The steep rise in the shares of SABMiller represented a swing of ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,279.74 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 4,579.79 0.30
Arrow S&P 2,010.40 0.05
Arrow FTSE 6,837.92 0.27
Arrow DAX 9,799.26 0.01
Arrow CAC-40 4,461.22 0.08
Arrow Nikkei 16,321.17 1.58
Arrow H.Seng 24,306.16 0.57
Arrow Sensex 27,090.42 0.08

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
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