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Australian shares rise, led by banks; NY Ebola reports temper gains SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares added 0.4 percent on Friday, underpinned by financials and yield stocks, although the index fell from its highs after reports a doctor who had recently returned to New York from West Africa had tested positive for Ebola.The doctor was working for humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, one of three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak.High-yielding financials underpinned the index, with Commonwealth Bank of Australia rising 0.7 percent and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group up 0.3 percent."I am a happy buyer of Australian yield stocks, especially the ones going ex-dividend in November," said Alexander Aguilan, an investment adviser at Market Matters in a note, mentioning ANZ and Bank of Queensland."I believe the current anticipated strength will allow investors to keep the dividends without capital loss."The S&P/ASX 200 index had added 20.5 points to 5,403.6 by 0134 GMT after touching a session high ...

Australia shares edge down on Wall St slide; NZ at record high SYDNEY: Australian shares stepped back from a one-month high on Thursday, as weakness on Wall Street and a mixed picture on Chinese manufacturing activity sidelined buyers.A survey showing China's vast factory sector grew a shade faster in October helped lift stocks of their lows but analysts said the numbers did not yet point to a turnaround for the cooling economy, Australia's largest trade partner.A shooting incident at the Canadian parliament in Ottawa also unnerved investors.The ...
Australian shares end flat after Chinese GDP SYDNEY: Australian shares lost early gains to end little changed on Tuesday in weak volume after data showing China's economy grew in the third quarter at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis. Economic growth in China, Australia's No.1 trading partner, slowed to a near-six-year low of 7.3 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier. The figure was slightly above market expectations for 7.2 percent, but down from 7.5 percent in the ...
Australia shares pare early gains as China GDP eyed SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares pared early gains on Tuesday, clocking their six straight positive session, but volumes were low as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of Chinese economic growth data due later in the day.Solid overnight gains on Wall Street led by strong corporate earnings provided some support to the market.Data due at 0200 GMT is expected to show that China's economy grew at its weakest pace in more than five years in the third ...
Australia shares set for a firm start on Wall Street SYDNEY: Australian shares are poised for a firm start on Tuesday, tracking Wall Street, which edged higher on strong corporate earnings.Local share price index futures rose 0.3 percent to 5,320 to sit at a 1-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index. The benchmark rose 0.9 percent on Monday.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.2 percent in early trade.US stocks rose on Monday, supported by strong corporate earnings, even as disappointing results from IBM ...
Australia & NZ shares jump 1 pct, M&A activity, solid US data help SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian and New Zealand shares rose around 1 percent on Monday, buoyed by takeover activity and improved sentiment after a solid round of US data and earnings calmed investor nerves over signs of weakening global growth. In Australia, financial stocks and diversified metals and mining firms underpinned the market.The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 51.6 points to a three-week peak of 5,325.8 by 0117 GMT, adding to a 0.4 percent gain on Friday. Wall Street ...
Australia shares climb, on track for hefty weekly gain SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares climbed 0.8 percent on Friday, underpinned by financials after encouraging US economic data soothed global growth worries, putting the index on track for the largest weekly gains in two months.The S&P/ASX 200 index leapt 40.4 points to 5,295.3 by 01:48 GMT. The benchmark ended 0.2 percent higher on Thursday and looks set to show a 2 percent gain for the week."It is the first week of improvement in eight weeks, but the ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln