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Tokyo stocks up 0.11pc by break TOKYO: Tokyo stocks edged up 0.11 percent Thursday morning, following a mixed performance on Wall Street, while a slightly weaker yen supported exporters.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 16.36 points to 15,344.92 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section issues rose 0.15 percent, or 1.89 points, to 1,274.28.Traders were given support by another record close for the S&P 500 on Wall Street after strong Apple earnings lifted the tech sector.The broad-based S&P added 0.18 percent and the Nasdaq rose 0.40 percent but the Dow dipped 0.16 percent.Tokyo investors were focusing on Japanese financial results as the country prepares for earnings season following a broadly positive set of US results."Players bought some selective shares that were forecast to show positive earnings," said Yoshihiro Okumura, general manager at Chibagin Asset Management."But the market is not strong enough to spread the buying sentiment across the board," he added.In foreign exchange ...

Kerry pushes for Gaza truce as death toll tops 700 GAZA/JERUSALEM: The death toll in Gaza topped 700 on Thursday as Israeli tank fire before dawn killed 16 people in the Hamas-dominated coastal territory, including six members of the same family, Palestinian health officials said. The continued violence defied world efforts to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas after 17 days of fighting, though some officials voiced optimism that a limited truce may be within reach.US Secretary of State John Kerry, flying back ...

48 killed, 10 survivors in Taiwan plane crash: airline TAIPEI: Taiwan's TransAsia Airways said Thursday that 48 people were killed and 10 survived when one of its turboprop passenger planes crashed after an aborted landing during stormy weather. Flight GE222 was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members on a domestic flight when it crashed on Wednesday at Magong on the Penghu island chain, TransAsia said, clarifying conflicting death tolls given by officials previously. Two French medical students were among the dead, the foreign ...

First MH17 bodies arrive in grieving Netherlands EINDHOVEN: The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site.Uniformed Dutch military personnel solemnly hoisted 40 wooden coffins from two planes and placed them in individual hearses at Eindhoven airport in the south of the country in a powerfully sombre ceremony, as a trumpeter played the Last Post and a ...

Japan trade deficit surges on-year to $8.1bn in June TOKYO: Japan's trade deficit more than quadrupled in June from a year ago as the country logged another dip in exports, extending a string of monthly shortfalls to two years, data showed Thursday.The deficit stood at 822.2 billion yen ($8.1 billion) in June, ballooning from a year-earlier deficit of 180.5 billion yen and blowing past market expectations for a deficit of 684.7 billion yen.Exports fell 2.0 percent year-on-year to 5.94 trillion yen while imports rose ...

Facebook profit story pushes shares to new high SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook shares on Wednesday soared to a new high on word that the social network's quarterly profit and user numbers jumped as it thrives in a world gone mobile.Net income leapt to $791 million during the three months ended June 30 in a 138 percent increase from the $333 million made during the same period a year earlier, the world's biggest social network said."We had a good second quarter," said Facebook co-founder and ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,083.80 0.02
Arrow Nasdaq 4,472.11 0.04
Arrow S&P 1,987.98 0.05
Arrow FTSE 6,821.46 0.34
Arrow DAX 9,794.06 0.42
Arrow CAC-40 4,410.65 0.78
Arrow Nikkei 15,284.42 0.29
Arrow H.Seng 24,141.50 0.71
Arrow Sensex 26,271.85 0.48

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