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Australia shares slide on Wall St selloff, Ukraine worries SYDNEY: Australian shares slid 1.3 percent on Monday, their biggest decline in a month, as risk appetite was knocked back by tensions in Ukraine and last week's sharp tech-driven selloff on Wall Street. The United States prepared to step up sanctions against Moscow if pro-Russian military actions in eastern Ukraine continue, a senior US envoy said on Sunday, but it is unclear whether new measures will win European support or slow the Russian-backed separatist revolt.The S&P/ASX 200 index dropped 69.8 points to 5,358.9 at the close of trade, its biggest one-day percentage fall in a month.The benchmark lost 1 percent on Friday, but eked out a gain of 0.1 percent for the week, its fourth consecutive week of gains. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.5 percent or 27.9 points to finish the session at 5,063.5. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Australia shares slip on Wall St woes, safe-haven buying in gold caps SYDNEY: Australian shares slipped 0.5 percent on Monday as investors remained wary of last week's sharp tech-driven selloff on Wall Street, though a safety-bid for gold miners helped to contain broad market losses. Banking and mining stocks tugged the market lower. National Australia Bank slipped 0.5 percent, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group shed 0.4 percent. Miners BHP Billiton Ltd and Rio Tinto Ltd lost 0.3 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively, after Shanghai rebar ...
Australia shares up 0.3pc to near 6-year high on Wall St rise, robust jobs data SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.3 percent to a near six-year high on Thursday as a rally on Wall Street and an upbeat local jobs report buoyed investor optimism. Australian employment rose by a solid 18,100 in March to handily beat expectations for a second month, while the jobless rate took a surprise dive to 5.8 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 index gained 17.0 points to finish at 5,480.8, after touching an intraday high of 5,503.5, its ...
Australia shares near 6-year high after Wall St rally, jobs data SYDNEY: Australian shares rose to a near six-year high on Thursday as a rally on Wall Street and an upbeat local jobs report buoyed investor optimism. Australian employment rose by a solid 18,100 in March to handily beat expectations for a second month, while the jobless rate took a surprise dive to 5.8 percent.The Big Four banks underpinned the market for a second session.Westpac Banking Corp added 0.8 percent, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group ...
Australia shares slip on Wall St, Japan FTA, miners help contain losses SYDNEY: Australian stocks slipped 0.3 percent on Tuesday morning after another weak session on Wall Street, though broader market losses were contained by firmer metals prices and gains in stocks set to benefit from Canberra's free trade deal with Japan.Banks dragged on the market, with Commonwealth Bank of Australia shedding 0.3 percent and National Australia Bank Ltd declining 0.5 percent.The higher metals prices propped up BHP Billiton Ltd , which climbed 0.3 percent, and Fortescue ...
Australia shares slip on Wall Street; Wesfarmers, gold cap falls SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.2 percent on Monday, after a disappointing performance on Wall Street despite solid US jobs numbers on Friday, though the gold sector and Wesfarmers helped buoy the market from session lows. The S&P/ASX 200 index slipped 9.1 points to 5,413.7 at the close of trade, after hitting an intraday low of 5,391.3. The benchmark tacked on 0.2 percent on Friday, and 1 percent for the week, its third consecutive week of ...
Australia shares slip on Wall St, Wesfarmers up on deal to sell broker unit SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.2 percent on Monday morning after a disappointing performance on Wall Street despite solid US jobs numbers on Friday, though Wesfarmers rose after the company said it was selling its insurance businesses. Heavy eight banking stocks, which have had a stellar run in recent months, weighed on the broader market as investors took some money off the table. The 'Big Four' banks lost ground, with Westpac Banking Corp off 0.5 percent ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyFebruary
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln