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South Africa stocks creep up, resources in demand JOHANNESBURG: South African shares crept up on Monday, led by resources stocks as investors bet China would come up with measures to boost the world's largest consumer of commodities following weak manufacturing data.China's factories suffered their fastest drop in activity in a year in April, as demand faltered and deflationary pressures persisted.South African bourse heavyweights Anglo American and rival BHP Billiton climbed 3 percent to 138.89 rand and 3.6 percent to 295 rand respectively."Resources are clearly having a good day on stimulus hopes from China after disappointing PMI," said Rabi Thithi, a trader at Avior Research.The blue chip Top-40 index rose 0.5 percent to 48,443 and the broader All-Share index was up 0.4 percent to 54,639.Kumba Iron Ore was up 4.3 percent to 167 rand, after top Brazilian miner Vale said output could be cut by as much as 30 million tonnes.Metmar leapt 12.4 percent to 1 rand, after Luxembourg-based ...

South African stocks dip as commodity prices soften JOHANNESBURG: South African stocks fell on Thursday dragged down by commodity firms such as Impala Platinum and AngloGold Ashanti which tracked softer commodity prices.Spot gold and platinum fell by about 2 percent after better-than-forecast U.S. jobs data boosted the dollar, reviving expectations the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates soon.Platinum producer Impala Platinum fell 4 percent and Africa's biggest bullion producer AngloGold lost 1.8 percent.The blue chips Top-40 index fell 0.21 percent to 48,195 and ...
South African stocks fall from record highs, Coronation slides JOHANNESBURG: South African stocks retreated from record highs on Tuesday on as Coronation Fund Managers flagged lower first-half earnings but iron ore companies bucked the weaker trend.Shares in Coronation slid 8.8 percent to 96 rand, its biggest daily decline in six years after the money-manager reported that profits would slip by up to 15 percent.The benchmark Top-40 index was down 0.42 percent to 48,758 and the broader All-share index down 0.27 percent to 55,039.Iron ore ...
Poor telecom earnings, US Fed and oil may dampen Gulf DUBAI: Gulf equity markets may stall or pull back slightly on Tuesday after several poor earnings reports and ahead of a US Federal Reserve meeting, as well as US oil inventory data that is expected to hit another high.Brent crude is trading near $64 per barrel in Asia, down more than 1 percent, as US commercial crude stockpiles are anticipated to rise for a 16th straight week.Meanwhile, Asian equities have slipped, tracking Wall Street, which ...
Saudi, Dubai pull back after rallies; Egypt nears 2015 low DUBAI: Gulf stock markets were mixed on Monday as strong oil prices supported investor sentiment but Saudi Arabia and Dubai pulled back slightly from 2015 highs hit in the previous session. Egypt remained depressed by tax and foreign currency concerns. Brent crude slipped less than 1 percent to around $65 per barrel while Gulf stock markets were open on Monday as the US dollar strengthened. But signs that US shale oil output may have started ...
Oil buoys Gulf markets; Dubai, Saudi hit 2015 highs DUBAI: Most major Gulf stock markets, led by Dubai, rose on Sunday after the Brent oil price hit a 4-1/2-month high, while the bourse of energy importer Egypt closed in the red. Brent crude climbed to $65.80 a barrel on Friday because of continued fighting in Yemen and, although US crude fell on concerns about another upcoming stock build, both benchmarks posted weekly gains. The main Saudi equities index gained 1.2 percent on Sunday to ...
South African stocks scale new records, Kumba up on iron prices JOHANNESBURG: South African shares scaled new peaks on Wednesday, led by Kumba Iron Ore, which got an upward jolt from a spike in spot prices for its product.Kumba, a unit of Anglo American, has been trading near 6-1/2 year lows on iron ore price woes. It's shares rose 3.5 percent to 133.22 rand, making it the top advancer among blue chips.Spot iron ore jumped about 4 percent following a similar uptick in Chinese iron ore ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,689.86 0.03
Arrow Nasdaq 5,128.28 0.01
Arrow S&P 2,103.84 0.23
Arrow FTSE 6,696.28 0.41
Arrow DAX 11,308.99 0.46
Arrow CAC-40 5,082.61 0.72
Arrow Nikkei 20,585.24 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 24,636.28 0.56
Arrow Sensex 28,114.56 1.48

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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln