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Shares, oil steady ahead of crunch ECB loan offer LONDON: World stocks and oil prices steadied on Thursday as investors waited to see how much help the ECB's latest funding flood could provide the euro zone and if an expected sharp hike in Russian interest rates could stabilise the rouble.European shares nudged higher in opening deals and the dollar also halted its abrupt slide of the last few days as investors caught their breath after some sell-offs exacerbated by the year-end drop in trading volumes.The ECB is offering banks ultra-cheap, four-year loans as part of a package of measures to add around 1 trillion euros to its balance sheet - a goal it has set with a view to pumping money into the economy to save it from deflation.But a Reuters poll carried out this week points to only around 130 billion euro being taken. After a disappointing first round in September, it could strengthen the case for the ...

Euro zone shares halt slide on ECB stimulus hopes LONDON\PARIS: Euro zone shares halted a three-day losing streak on Thursday as expectations for further monetary stimulus were underpinned by low take-up for the European Central Bank's latest round of cheap loans.Gains appeared fragile, however, as this week's slump in oil and iron ore prices weighed on a number of resource-related stocks and Greek shares fell for a third day on concerns about the outcome of presidential elections later this month.Banks borrowed 129.8 billion euros ...
European stock markets dip at open LONDON: European stock markets eased lower at the start of trading on Thursday, with London's benchmark FTSE 100 index down 0.22 percent at 6,485.63 points.Elsewhere, Frankfurt's DAX 30 fell 0.3 percent to 9,770.66 points and the CAC 40 in Paris drifted 0.06 percent lower to 4,225.33 compared with Wednesday's close.Europe's major indices had mostly retreated Wednesday, pushing lower as oil prices slumped to new five-year lows on renewed signs of slack demand for crude amid ...
Airbus shares slide 10 pct after 2016 profit warning BERLIN/GENEVA: Airbus shares slid 10.4 percent on Wednesday, their worst drubbing in more than six years, after the planemaker predicted flat profits in 2016, surprising investors who had expected new and recently upgraded models to start boosting results that year.The world's second-largest planemaker after Boeing was also forced to call off a ceremony planned for Saturday to deliver its new A350 jetliner to Qatar Airways after the Gulf airline said it was delaying the handover ...
UK's FTSE falls for third day in row as energy stocks slide LONDON: Britain's main equity index fell on Wednesday for the third day in a row, as a further drop in the price of oil hit energy stocks.The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down by 0.1 percent at 6,525.24 points going into the close of the trading session, with the market pegged back at one-month lows.Brent crude oil sank to new five-year lows as producers forecast lower demand next year.Oil and gas services group Petrofac fell ...
European shares resume slide as energy stocks hurt by oil slump PARIS/LONDON: European stocks fell for a third session in a row on Wednesday, as a further drop in crude prices knocked down the shares of oil majors and oil services groups such as Royal Dutch Shell and Fugro.Elsewhere, shares in Airbus plunged 10 percent after the aircraft manufacturing group's new profit outlook disappointed investors, while in Greece the stock market extended losses on mounting worries about the political situation.Shares in Shell dropped 1.7 percent and ...
European stock markets rebound LONDON: European equities rebounded Wednesday in a technical bounce after slumping the previous day on low oil prices and financial strains in China and Greece, dealers said.London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.15 percent to stand at 6,538.89 points around midday in the British capital.The CAC 40 in Paris added 0.37 percent to 4,279.64 points and Frankfurt's DAX 30 won 0.66 percent to 9,887.08 compared with the closing level on Tuesday, when they tumbled by ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,804.80 0.15
Arrow Nasdaq 4,765.38 0.36
Arrow S&P 2,070.65 0.46
Arrow FTSE 6,545.27 1.23
Arrow DAX 9,786.96 0.25
Arrow CAC-40 4,241.65 0.18
Arrow Nikkei 17,621.40 2.39
Arrow H.Seng 23,116.63 1.25
Arrow Sensex 27,371.84 0.90

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln