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Malaysia's Producer Prices Rise 3.3% In November
(RTT News - 31/12/2013)

Malaysia's producer prices increased in November from last year, data released by the Department of Statistics revealed Tuesday. The producer price index for locally manufactured goods grew 3.3 percent in November from the same month of last year.

India’s external debt at $400 b in Sept
(The Hindu Business Line - 31/12/2013)

India’s external debt was at $400.3 billion — including government debt of $77.3 billion — at the end of September. “The Government (Sovereign) external debt stood at $77.3 billion, (19.3 per cent of total external debt) at end September 2013 vis-a-vis

Sensex ends flat; Power, oil & gas stocks major gainers
(The Hindu Business Line - 31/12/2013)

Indian markets ended the session marginally in the green on buying by funds and retail investors in select stocks amid firm global cues. The 30-share BSE index Sensex was up 27.67 points or 0.13 per cent at 21,170.68 and the 50-share NSE index Nifty was

FIIs inflow in equities reaches Rs 1.13 lakh cr in 2013
(The Hindu Business Line - 31/12/2013)

Overseas investors are estimated to have made a net inflow of over Rs 1.13 lakh crore in the Indian equity market in 2013, even as they turned net sellers in the debt securities. According to experts, the inflows are expected to improve further in 2014

Malaysian economy to see 5.5pc growth
(Business Times - 31/12/2013)

The Malaysian economy is expected to see 5.5 per cent growth in 2014, said Dr Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy & chief economist, AMP Capital. He said next year, Malaysia's growth rate was expected to pick up to around 5.5 per cent after 4.5 per

Hong Kong shares rise 0.3 pct for day, 2.9 pct in 2013
(Reuters - 31/12/2013)

Hong Kong shares rose during Tuesday's final trading session for 2013, adding to a small gain for the year as fund managers did some "window dressing" to improve the appearance of their portfolios. The Hang Seng Index closed up 0.3 percent at 23,306.39

Czech Broad Money Supply Growth Quickens In November
(RTT News - 31/12/2013)

Money supply in the Czech Republic increased at a faster rate in November, a report published by the Czech National Bank revealed Tuesday. The broad money supply, or M2, increased 5.3 percent in November from the same month of last year. This followed a

Singapore Nov Lending Rises; Money Supply Growth Slows
(RTT News - 31/12/2013)

Singapore's bank lending increased 17.4 percent year-on-year to S$565.79 billion in November, the Monetary Authority of Singapore said Tuesday. At the same time, consumer loan rose 9.5 percent to S$224.35 billion. M1, the narrow measure of money supply,

Singapore’s Economy Grew 3.7% in 2013, Prime Minister Lee Says
(Bloomberg - 31/12/2013)

Singapore’s growth quickened in 2013 and the country will “do well” going forward, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said. Gross domestic product rose 3.7 percent this year, Lee, 61, said in his New Year message today. That’s in line with the government

Sensex trading flat; Power, oil & gas stocks major gainers
(The Hindu Business Line - 31/12/2013)

Indian markets were trading marginally in the green in the afternoon session on Tuesday on buying by funds and retail investors in select stocks amid firm Asian cues. At 12.25 p.m., the 30-share BSE index Sensex was up 25.15 points or 0.12 per cent at

China's Central Bank Pledges Prudent Monetary Policy
(RTT News - 31/12/2013)

The People's Bank of China on Tuesday vowed to maintain appropriate liquidity and continue a prudent monetary policy. Following the fourth quarter monetary policy committee meeting, the PBoC reiterated that it would keep the yuan basically stable. The

Europe Stock Futures Are Little Changed Before U.S. Data
(Bloomberg - 31/12/2013)

European stock-index futures were little changed amid shortened trading hours for New Year’s Eve before American consumer confidence and housing data. U.S. stock-index futures were also little changed, while Asian shares advanced. International Personal

Brazil exports of steel long products drop in November
(Steelguru - 31/12/2013)

According to data released by Brazil's secretary of foreign trade Secex, the country’s shipments of steel long products totaled 47,587 tons in November, slumping by 21% from a month ago. In November, the country’s export revenues generated by steel long

India’s Stocks Head for Best Gain Among Largest Emerging Markets
(Bloomberg - 31/12/2013)

India’s (SENSEX) technology and drug stocks rose on speculation an improving U.S. economy will spur demand as the benchmark index headed for a second year of gains and the best performance among the four largest emerging markets. Dr Reddy’s Laboratories

China's Local Govt Debt Surges
(RTT News - 31/12/2013)

China's local government debt surged to CNY 17.9 trillion at the end of June, highlighting the urgency in the region to address structural issues. According to figures published by the National Audit Office, the total debt for central and local

Pre-market: Nifty seen opening higher; may reclaim 6,300 levels
(The Economic Times - 31/12/2013)

The 50-share Nifty index is expected to open higher on Tuesday following positive trend seen in other Asian markets. Tracking the momentum, the index is expected to reclaim its crucial psychological level of 6,300 levels in trade today. However, with

Inflation limiting RBI's ability to boost growth: Raghuram Rajan
(The Economic Times - 31/12/2013)

Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said the challenge of containing inflation is limiting the central bank's ability to boost economic growth, while urging the government to continue with fiscal consolidation to support the economy.  <p>For

Nikkei posts best year since 1972 as Abenomics drives gains
(Reuters - 31/12/2013)

Japan's Nikkei stock average rose to a fresh six-year high to close out 2013 with a 57 percent annual gain, its biggest in more than 40 years on the back of aggressive economic stimulus by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Nikkei rose for a ninth day to end

Sensex opens marginally in the green
(The Hindu Business Line - 31/12/2013)

Indian markets opened the session marginally in the green on buying by funds and retail investors in select stocks amid firm Asian cues. At 9.15 a.m., the 30-share BSE index Sensex was up 58.16 points or 0.28 per cent at 21,201.17 and the 50-share NSE

South Korea Inflation Rises 1.1% In December
(RTT News - 31/12/2013)

Consumer prices in South Korea were up 1.1 percent on year in December, Statistics Korea said on Tuesday - moving above 1.0 percent after three straight months below that level. The headline figure was shy of estimates for an increase of 1.2 percent,

KL shares turn lower mid-morning
(Business Times - 31/12/2013)

Shares on Bursa Malaysia turned lower at mid-morning today, prompted by profit-taking activities in selected heavyweights, dealers said. As at 11am, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM LCI) fell 6.93 points to 1,865.59, after opening 0.05 point lower at

Wall St closes flat, but Dow hits record
(Business Times - 31/12/2013)

US stocks closed mostly flat on Monday, with the Dow edging up to another record closing high and the S&P 500 index's advance stalling in response to light trading volume and and weaker-than-forecast housing data. The benchmark S&P 500 had climbed 3.7

Asian Stocks Outside Japan Rise Third Day as Energy Shares Gain
(Bloomberg - 31/12/2013)

Asian stocks outside Japan rose, with a regional gauge extending gains into a third day as energy shares advanced. HanKore Environment Tech Group Ltd. (BIOT) soared 19 percent in Singapore after a filing showed China Everbright International Ltd. plans

China Stocks Rise as Brokers Rally on IPOs While Smallcaps Fall
(Bloomberg - 31/12/2013)

China’s stocks rose, paring this year’s loss, as the government approved five companies to sell shares after postponing initial public offerings for more than a year. Brokerages rallied, while small-company shares dropped. Citic Securities Co. and

China Approves $353 Million of Share Sales as IPOs Resume
(Bloomberg - 31/12/2013)

China’s securities regulator approved the initial public offerings of five companies seeking to raise about $353 million, paving the way for share sales to resume after a freeze of more than one year. Neway Valve (Suzhou) Co. received approval for a

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