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South African stocks rise slightly, supported by mining firms JOHANNESBURG: South African stocks edged slightly higher on Monday led by mining companies such as Anglo American after a Chinese rate cut underpinned resource firms.Anglo American was the biggest bluechip gainer after adding more than 3.3 percent, while diversified miner BHP Billiton rose 3 percent.China cut interest rates for the third time in six months on Sunday in a bid to lower companies' borrowing costs and stoke a sputtering economy that is headed for its worst year in a quarter of a century.The benchmark Top-40 index ended 0.8 percent higher at 48,098 points and the broader All-share index gained 0.7 percent to 54,161.Old Mutual hit an all-time high of 43.61 rand, after Nedbank, South Africa's fourth-largest banker in which the insurer has a stake, posted higher first-quarter income from trading, fees and commissions.Nedbank rose as much as 1.7 percent in earlier trade but pared some of those gains to close ...

South African stocks end higher, Harmony rises JOHANNESBURG: South African stocks rose on Friday, breaking three sessions of declines with Harmony Gold among the top gainers after the miner narrowed its quarterly loss. The bullion producer climbed 2.6 percent to 21 rand as third quarter loss halved thanks to favourable exchange rate and cost cuts. The benchmark Top-40 index was up 1.1 percent to 47,716 and the broader All-share index rose 1.04 percent to 53,790. World bond and stocks markets climbed after ...
South African stocks slide, Gold Fields books biggest drop in 7 years JOHANNESBURG: South African shares slid for a third straight day on Thursday, with Gold Fields booking its biggest one-day drop in seven years after reporting a quarterly loss.Gold Fields topped the decliners' list after Africa's biggest gold miner swung into a $13 million rand loss in the quarter ending in March.The stock plunged 13.1 percent to 44.28 rand, its biggest daily percentage decline since 2008.Michael Treherne, a fund manager at Vestact, said the rout appeared ...
Saudi slips as Yemen urges ground intervention; Egypt up DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's stock market edged down in early trade on Thursday after Yemen's government called for military intervention on the ground, a move that could further escalate the conflict in which Riyadh plays a leading role.Yemen urged the international community "to quickly intervene by land forces to save" the country, specifically in the cities of Aden and Taiz, according to a letter sent to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia's index ...
South African stocks book biggest drop in 6 weeks, track global markets JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's main stock index booked its biggest daily percentage decline in more than a month on Wednesday, tracking global markets as anxiety from a sell-off in global government bonds spread to equities.U.S and European bonds were sold off due to a stand-off between Greece and its lenders as well as worse than expected U.S private jobs data.That led to sell-off in gold and platinum but was not enough to drag down Brent crude ...
South African stocks end mostly flat, Reunert rises JOHANNESBURG: South African stocks were largely flat on Tuesday but Reunert was among the biggest gainers after the electronics firm gave an upbeat profit forecast.Reunert said its first-half profit would rise by up to 28 percent, helped by proceeds from the sale of a mobile phone unit last year.Shares in the company jumped 5.9 percent to 65 rand, their biggest daily percentage gain in more than two years.One analyst, who declined to be named, said ...
Saudi Arabia edges up, Egypt extends rally DUBAI: Banking stocks lifted Saudi Arabia's bourse in early trade on Tuesday, while Egypt continued a broad rally after positive purchasing managers' data and comments by the International Monetary Fund. The main Saudi index edged up 0.3 percent, largely on the back of lenders Samba Financial Group and Banque Saudi Fransi, up 1.3 and 1.6 percent respectively. The kingdom's finance minister said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia's financial position was very strong despite the plunge ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,757.91 0.79
Arrow Nasdaq 5,013.13 0.53
Arrow S&P 2,077.42 0.69
Arrow FTSE 6,608.59 1.34
Arrow DAX 11,180.50 2.15
Arrow CAC-40 4,883.19 1.94
Arrow Nikkei 20,329.32 0.46
Arrow H.Seng 26,250.03 1.09
Arrow Sensex 28,020.87 0.86

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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 $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJuly 01, 2015
Reserves $18.5 bln