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FTSE slips as Shire knocks down healthcare sector LONDON: Britain's top share index dropped towards a 15-month low on Wednesday as pharmaceutical stocks were felled by U.S.-based AbbVie's decision to reconsider its $55 billion takeover bid for Shire.Shares in Shire plummeted 26.5 percent after AbbVie said it was reassessing its takeover plan following the U.S. government's recent move to curb deals designed to reduce tax.Shire took the most points off the blue-chip FTSE 100 index , which was down 1 percent. Other sectors were steadier although concerns about the outlook for the global economy persisted.Shire's larger rival AstraZeneca, which had rebuffed its own takeover by Pfizer fell 3.6 percent while knee and hip replacement maker Smith & Nephew, which had also been touted as a target, fell 3 percent.The FTSE 350 Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology index fell 6.7 percent in morning trade, the biggest intraday percentage fall in six years."It's bad news for the sector, which is struggling to ...

Bond yields, oil prices fall as gloom persists LONDON: Persistent fears over the health of the global economic recovery kept bond yields and oil prices falling on Wednesday, with stocks also failing to break their recent losing streak.Market volatility has surged in recent weeks as investors weigh the timing of expected interest rate increases, especially in the United States, against disappointing macroeconomic signals such as a worse-than-expected inflation reading from China.Investors sought refuge from cooling economic activity in safe-haven government bonds across the ...
Greek stocks drop sharply on political jitters, bond yield spike ATHENS: Greek stocks succumbed to a second day of selling pressure, shedding more than 5.0 percent on Wednesday, with traders citing political uncertainty jitters and a spike in Greek bond yields.At 1144 GMT, the Athens stock exchange's benchmark index was losing 5.1 percent at 899.65 points, with index heavyweight banks shedding 4.35 percent.Stocks fell 5.7 percent on Tuesday."Selling pressure is still on, prompted by political uncertainty and the spike in bond yields," said Theodore Krintas, ...
European stock markets stable at open LONDON: European stock markets steadied at the start of trading on Wednesday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index down 0.05 percent to 6,389.55 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 index rose 0.15 percent to 8,838.68 points and the CAC 40 in Paris added 0.05 percent to 4,090.48 compared with Tuesday's closing level.European stocks had edged higher in volatile trade on Tuesday, as strong US company results offset mounting gloom over the German economy.In London, shares in pharmaceutical group ...
European stocks rise in volatile trading LONDON: European equities swung in volatile trading on Tuesday, with strong earnings by US companies providing investors a ray of light though gloomy economic skies over Europe.London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.28 percent to stand at 6,384.23 points in afternoon trading.Frankfurt's DAX 30 added 0.19 percent to 8,829.09 points and the CAC 40 in Paris edged up 0.01 percent to 4,079.02.Europe's main stock market indices had been down sharply in midday trading after Germany ...
Emerging stocks edge down; oil exporters take biggest hit LONDON: Emerging stocks edged down on Tuesday but held above 6-1/2-month lows on the prospect of delayed U.S. rate hikes, while shares and currencies in oil exporters fell as oil prices sank to their lowest in nearly four years.With the dollar recovering after its biggest drop in a year on Monday, currencies were more mixed though the rouble fell another 1 percent against the dollar as oil prices inched below $88 a barrel, the lowest ...
Losses in luxury goods sector knock back UK's FTSE LONDON: Britain's top equity index hovered near 15-month lows on Monday, as gloomy trading updates from luxury goods companies Burberry and Mulberry knocked back the market.The UK market's fall tracked similar declines elsewhere in Europe, with European stock markets hit after an index of German analyst and investor morale fell below zero for the first time in nearly two years in October.The benchmark FTSE 100 index was down by 0.6 percent, or 40.63 points, at ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,677.90 1.32
Arrow Nasdaq 4,452.79 1.60
Arrow S&P 1,950.82 1.23
Arrow FTSE 6,419.15 0.30
Arrow DAX 9,047.31 1.20
Arrow CAC-40 4,157.68 1.28
Arrow Nikkei 15,138.96 0.37
Arrow H.Seng 23,333.18 0.30
Arrow Sensex 26,851.05 0.24

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln