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Australia shares rise, NZ stocks hit record high on upbeat outlook SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian and New Zealand shares rose around 0.3 percent on Thursday, underpinned by financials and consumer stocks, as investors shrugged off the U.S. Federal Reserve's widely expected ending of its stimulus programme.The S&P/ASX 200 index was up 19.82 points or 0.3 percent by 02:13 GMT, having touched a seven-week high of 5,481.6 points Wednesday.The Fed said after a two-day policy meeting it will end its quantitative easing programme of bond purchases and also expressed confidence in U.S. economic prospects.Investors warmed to Coca-Cola Amatil after parent company Coca-Cola Co announced it would help its underperforming Australian affiliate by taking a minority stake in a struggling Indonesian unit for $500 million. Coca-Cola Amatil shares rose half a cent to a two-month peak of A$9.25.Financials sector stocks also pulled the market higher even though National Australia Bank (NAB) reported a second profit drop in three years."NAB results have presented no shocks. The ...

India rupee falls to 2-week low on Fed's US econ outlook MUMBAI: The Indian rupee fell to a two-week low against the dollar on Thursday as the greenback posted gains after the U.S. Federal Reserve statement at the conclusion of its meeting was seen as showcasing more confidence about the U.S. economy prospects.The local currency was trading at 61.43/44 to the dollar after falling as low as 61.55, a level last seen on Oct. 17. The rupee had closed at 61.35/36 on Wednesday.The rupee is likely ...

China's yuan eases as dollar gains globally on Fed's hawkish tone  SHANGHAI: China's yuan fell against the dollar on Thursday after rising in the previous four trading sessions, tracking a weaker midpoint fixing by the central bank as the greenback strengthened in international markets.The People's Bank of China (PBOC) fixed the midpoint rate at 6.1457 per dollar, down 0.08 percent from the previous fix, as the dollar index surged after the Wednesday's Federal Reserve meeting.The dollar stayed on the front foot on Thursday, hovering near 3-1/2 ...

Won leads Asia FX losses as Fed seen hawkish SINGAPORE: Most emerging Asian currencies slid on Thursday as the Federal Reserve struck a more hawkish tone than expected at its policy meeting this week, signalling confidence in the US economy after ending its bond-buying programme.South Korea's won led losses among emerging Asian currencies on selling from offshore funds. The Indonesian rupiah fell with importers buying dollars for payments.The Malaysian ringgit hit a seven-month low as government bond prices slid.The greenback rose to the highest ...

Dollar up in Asia on Fed's bullish tone TOKYO: The dollar rose in Asia on Thursday as a slightly bullish turn by the US Federal Reserve fuelled hopes for an early rise in US interest rates.The greenback hit a three-week high of 109.04 yen in afternoon trade, up from 108.90 yen in New York and 108.12 yen in Tokyo earlier Wednesday.The euro bought $1.2624, compared with $1.2634 in US trade and well down from Wednesday's $1.2737 in Asia. The single currency was at ...

Sterling subdued by steady stream of dovish BoE comments LONDON: Sterling retreated from the previous day's one-week high against the dollar on Wednesday after yet another Bank of England policymaker said interest rates would stay lower for longer.Sterling rose against the dollar on Tuesday after U.S. data showed capital goods orders dropped the most for eight months in September. But it failed to build on those gains and eased to $1.6120, having hit $1.6182 after the U.S. data.It was flat against the euro. The ...

Ugandan shilling stronger on dollar inflows from charities KAMPALA: The Ugandan shilling strengthened on Wednesday, helped by dollar inflows from non-governmental organisations and expectations foreign investors will participate in a Treasury bill auction.At 0914 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 2,700/2,710, from Tuesday's close of 2,705/2,715."The market has received substantial inflows from NGOs that we normally get at the end of the month," said Faisal Bukenya, head of market making at Barclays Bank.Charities typically convert hard currency at the end of the ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,974.31 0.18
Arrow Nasdaq 4,549.23 0.33
Arrow S&P 1,982.30 0.14
Arrow FTSE 6,453.87 0.81
Arrow DAX 9,082.81 0.16
Arrow CAC-40 4,110.64 0.05
Arrow Nikkei 15,553.91 1.46
Arrow H.Seng 23,819.87 1.27
Arrow Sensex 27,098.17 0.81

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-19.98 bln
Exports $25.13 bln
Imports $45.11 bln
WeeklyOctober 27, 2014
Reserves $13.464 bln