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Proposed BG-Shell tie-up boosts top UK stocks LONDON: A proposed $70 billion takeover of BG Group by energy firm Royal Dutch Shell lifted top UK shares on Wednesday to outperform pan-European equities and buoyed the battered energy sector.The UK FTSE 100 index was up 0.5 percent at 0747 GMT, at 6,993.82 points, better than a 0.2 percent rise for the FTSEurofirst 300 index and creeping up towards an all-time high of 7,065.08 points reached on March 24.Shares of BG were up 38.0 percent, trading at their highest level since September, while Shell's A shares were down 2.7 percent. The terms of the agreed deal, which represented a premium of around 52 percent to the 90-day trading average, were seen by investors and analysts as effectively re-rating the battered energy sector after sharp declines in the oil price."It looks as though Shell is paying a reasonably high premium," said Paul Mumford, fund manager at Cavendish Asset Management, which ...

Oil & gas mega-merger keeps stocks fizzing LONDON: Global stocks remained upbeat on Wednesday as a $70 billion mega-deal in the European oil and gas sector stoked the merger and acquisition fever that has gripped investors this week.Shares in BG Group rose as much as 42 percent in early trade after Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay that amount (47 billion pounds) for its smaller rival, making it the biggest deal in the sector in more than a decade.Germany was the main ...
Emerging stocks hit 5-month high; rouble rally accelerates LONDON: Emerging equities surged to five-month highs on Wednesday, buoyed by Chinese gains and hopes of a softer pace of U.S. rate hikes while the Russian rouble hit its highest level since the end of 2014.Investors are awaiting minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest meeting, which many reckon will show the bank expects to tread carefully with interest rate rises. Global equities were boosted by hopes for more Japanese stimulus and a $70 billion ...
Shell's bid for BG boosts Britain's FTSE LONDON: Royal Dutch Shell's $70 billion bid for energy firm BG Group lifted Britain's top share index on Wednesday, helping it outperform its continental peers.The FTSE 100 was up 0.5 percent at 6,998.71 points by 1103 GMT, while Germany's DAX and France's CAC eased. The FTSE hit a record 7,065.08 on March 24.Shares in BG jumped 34.7 percent to hit their highest level since September when it was sliding lower alongside the price of oil. ...
Mega-merger helps drive European stocks to 8-year high LONDON: European shares clawed their way to an eight-year high on Wednesday, driven by a $70 billion mega-deal in the oil and gas sector that added to a flurry of merger and acquisition activity that has gripped investors this week.Shares in BG Group surged 45 percent after Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay that amount (47 billion pounds) for its smaller rival, making it the biggest deal in the sector in more than a decade.At ...
European stocks dip at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets eased at the start of trading on Wednesday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index down 0.14 percent to 6,950.41 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 slipped 0.11 percent compared with Tuesday's close to 12,110.59 points and the CAC 40 in Paris dipped 0.08 percent to 5,146.78.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Europe stocks close sharply higher PARIS: Europe's main stock markets closed sharply higher on Tuesday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index jumping 1.88 percent on the day to 6,961.77 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 index climbed 1.30 percent to 12,123.52 points, while the CAC 40 in Paris rose 1.52 percent to 5,151.19 points. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,080.14 0.12
Arrow Nasdaq 5,092.09 0.71
Arrow S&P 2,117.69 0.23
Arrow FTSE 7,070.70 0.24
Arrow DAX 11,810.85 0.74
Arrow CAC-40 5,201.45 0.44
Arrow Nikkei 20,020.04 0.83
Arrow H.Seng 28,060.98 0.84
Arrow Sensex 27,437.94 1.07

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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 $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln