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Europe shares pause after best start of year in decades PARIS: European shares dipped on Friday morning, pausing after their best start to the year since regional benchmarks began in late 1986, while Airbus rallied after posting a sharp rise in operating earnings.Shares in Airbus were up 6.1 percent, representing a gain in market value of 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion), roughly the price of six A380 super jumbos.Shares in International Airlines Group surged 4.4 percent after the owner of British Airways upgraded its 2015 profit forecast by more than 20 percent, after reporting an 81 percent jump in profit last year as oil prices tumbled.The 50 percent drop in crude prices since mid-2014 has greatly reduced input costs for airlines overall, as jet fuel accounts for around a third of the sector's operating costs.Lloyds Banking Group rose 1.2 percent after it said it will pay its first dividend in six years after reporting a rise in profit and improvement ...

European shares at fresh 7-year high as ECB QE nears LONDON: European shares rose to fresh seven-year highs on Friday, extending a two-month rally fuelled by the European Central Bank's money printing programme which starts in the coming weeks.European shares bucked a softer trend in Asian and US markets as a sharp overnight pullback in crude oil prices dampened risk appetite there. Brent crude was up 1.24 percent on Friday.The FTS Euro first 300 index of top European shares was up 0.3 percent at 1,561.60 ...
European stocks steady at open LONDON: European stock markets were steady at the start of trading on Friday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dipping 0.01 percent to 6,949.25 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 edged up 0.09 percent to 11,337.11 points and the CAC 40 index in Paris inched down 0.10 percent to 4,905.77 compared with Thursday's close.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Market signals flash red after best start for Europe shares in decades PARIS/LONDON: A number of widely-followed market indicators are flashing red following record investment inflows into European equities ahead of the European Central Bank's quantitative easing (QE) programme.The benchmark STOXX 600 is up 13 percent so far in 2015 -- its strongest start to the year since the index was created in late 1986 and the best performance among all asset classes.The rally has left the index trading at the highest valuation multiple in 11 years ...
UK's FTSE climbs to record closing high as Standard Chartered surges LONDON: Britain's top equity index hit a record closing high on Thursday, helped by a surge in the share price of the Asian-focused bank Standard Chartered.Standard Chartered advanced by 5.4 percent as traders welcomed its appointment of a new chief executive, former JPMorgan investment bank boss Bill Winters."We are pleased with the announcement of Bill Winters. He is well respected and with management looking to bring back more focus on the core business, we think ...
Food and beverages firms push European stocks to new highs LONDON: Major European share indexes climbed to new multi-year highs on Thursday, with the world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev leading the food and beverages sector higher after announcing a sharp dividend hike and a share buyback plan.Germany's DAX set a new life-time high, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 and the broader STOXX 600 share indexes climbed to their highest level in more than seven years, and France's CAC touched its highest level since mid-2008.Belgium-based InBev rose ...
European stocks rise, FTSE and DAX hit record highs LONDON: European stocks pushed higher Thursday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index and Frankfurt's DAX 30 index hitting record high closing levels as chances of a quick US interest rate hike recede.The FTSE 100 rose 0.21 percent to 6,949.73 points, beating by a whisker the level set Tuesday when it broke a 15-year record.Meanwhile the DAX 30 index shot up 1.04 percent to 11,327.19 points, boosted by more positive German economic data, and in Paris ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,096.90 0.58
Arrow Nasdaq 4,967.14 0.26
Arrow S&P 2,098.53 0.44
Arrow FTSE 6,919.24 0.44
Arrow DAX 11,390.38 0.98
Arrow CAC-40 4,917.35 0.99
Arrow Nikkei 18,703.60 0.59
Arrow H.Seng 24,465.38 0.96
Arrow Sensex 29,380.73 0.72

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln