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European shares regain poise after sell-off; easyJet surges PARIS: European stocks regained some poise on Friday after the previous session's sharp sell-off, led by shares of easyJet rising after the airline lifted its earnings forecasts. Banking shares also featured among the top gainers, with Italy's Intesa SanPaolo up 2.3 percent and Spain's Bankinter up 2.1 percent.The STOXX 600 euro zone banking index had tumbled 4 percent on Thursday, dropping after the European Central Bank gave no new hints over the prospect of an imminent sovereign bond buying programme, leading some in the market to scale back bets on this happening. Investors were also rattled by the lack of specific details about the ECB's plan to buy asset-backed securities (ABS). "Market participants are disappointed. There are still a lot of question marks on the ECB's action plan," said Judith Danan, head of sales trading at CMC Markets France. "Beyond the T-LTROs (targeted longer-term refinancing operations) and the plan to ...

European stock markets rebound before US jobs data LONDON: European stock markets rose solidly at the start of trading on Friday as investors looked ahead to key US jobs data and following heavy losses the previous day.London's benchmark FTSE 100 index gained 0.77 percent to 6,495.72 points and the Paris CAC 40 index jumped 0.89 percent to 4,280.22 compared with Wednesday's close. Frankfurt was closed for a public holiday.The focus was on the United States, with economists expecting on average that the world's ...
European stocks slide with focus on ECB LONDON: Europe's stock markets slid on Thursday, after heavy losses elsewhere, as caution prevailed before the outcome of the European Central Bank's latest monetary policy meeting.Europe's airline sector was meanwhile hit by renewed fears over the Ebola virus outbreak, one day after the first confirmed Ebola case in the United States.Asian equities also sank, mirroring a heavy sell-off on Wall Street, as a mixed bag of data raised concerns about the global economy, dealers said.Adding ...
Russia's RTS stock market hits six-month low MOSCOW: Russia's RTS stock index plunged below 1,100 points on Thursday for the first time since March under pressure from Western sanctions over Ukraine and as top officials sounded alarm over the economy.The RTS dollar-denominated stock market was down 1.4 percent at 1,098 points at 2:40 pm Moscow time (10:40 GMT). It last fell below 1,100 points in March.The other main indice, the ruble-denominated Micex stock market, was down 1.49 percent at the same time.The ...
Lacklustre factory data hits world stocks, dollar strong LONDON: Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, as lacklustre economic data and civil unrest in Hong Kong kept investors cautious before a European Central Bank meeting later this week.The dollar held close to a four-year high, helped by the weak factory activity data, pushing commodity prices lower.The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 equity index was down 0.2 percent after final September purchasing manager (PMI) numbers from France, Germany and the euro ...
European shares dip after Sainsbury, Nexans warnings PARIS: European shares dipped early on Wednesday, starting the new quarter in the red as sales warnings from UK retailer J Sainsbury and French cable maker Nexans fuelled worries over the outlook for European corporate results.At 0705 GMT, the FTS Euro first 300 index of top European shares was down 0.2 percent at 1,377.07 points.Shares in Nexans tumbled 5.6 percent after the firm said full-year revenue would be flat as sales dropped by around 4 ...
European stock markets slip at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets weakened at the start of trading on Wednesday, with London's FTSE 100 benchmark index down 0.15 percent to 6,613.03 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 declined 0.21 percent to 9,454.04 points and the Paris CAC 40 index fell 0.35 percent to 4,400.61 compared with Tuesday's closing level.The region's equities had diverged Tuesday, with eurozone markets boosted by hopes of fresh stimulus from the European Central Bank after weak inflation data.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,380.41 1.63
Arrow Nasdaq 4,258.44 0.97
Arrow S&P 1,886.76 1.29
Arrow FTSE 6,310.29 1.85
Arrow DAX 8,850.27 3.12
Arrow CAC-40 4,033.18 2.92
Arrow Nikkei 14,532.51 1.40
Arrow H.Seng 23,023.21 0.53
Arrow Sensex 26,108.53 0.42

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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 10, 2014
Reserves $13.401 bln