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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 bounced strongly on Friday on the back of solid US data and earnings, helping calm tumult in global financial markets and reassure investors worried about the health of the world economy.The spotlight fell on management firm Transfield Services Ltd which jumped as much as 29 percent after the company said it had received an indicative offer from Spain's Ferrovial SA. Transfield's stocks hit a high of A$1.94 and last traded up 26 percent at A$1.89, ...

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 ...
Australia shares rebound as investors chase banks, but resources slump SYDNEY: Australian shares rebounded from a steep loss to finish 0.2 percent higher on Thursday as investors bought into recently battered financial stocks, though global growth concerns dented the resources sector and tempered gains. The S&P/ASX 200 index added 9.3 points to 5,254.9 at the close of trade after hitting a session low of 5,162.4. The benchmark rose 0.7 percent on Wednesday.Iron ore producer Fortescue Metals Group Ltd tumbled 6 percent after saying its average ...
Australia shares lose 1pc on global growth fears, gold ticks higher SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares slid 1.1 percent on Thursday after US stocks lost ground as investors continued to fret about global growth, though a recovery among gold producers prevented steeper losses.Among the worst performing sectors were basic materials and industrials, which fell 2.3 percent and 1.5 percent each. Among miners, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd tumbled 4.7 percent, BHP Billiton Ltd declined 2.3 percent, and Rio Tinto Ltd dropped 2 percent. Australia's flagship airliner Qantas Airways Ltd ...
Australia shares buoyed by consumer sentiment, energy stocks weigh SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose 0.3 percent on Tuesday, underpinned by stronger consumer sentiment and tracking Wall Street higher, but weak energy shares tempered broader gains.Investors bought into battered mining and financial stocks.Three of the 'Big Four' banks gained, with Westpac Banking Corp adding 0.4 percent and Commonwealth Bank of Australia up 1.1 percent. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group bucked the trend, shedding 0.1 percent.A measure of Australian consumer sentiment rose in October, steadying from ...
Australia shares rebound on resources sector as iron ore posts modest rise SYDNEY: Australian shares recovered 0.7 percent on Tuesday, underpinned by a recovery in the resources sector as iron ore, copper and other base metals clawed higher, though a dip in a business survey kept some investors wary.The resource sector rallied 2.2 percent as it posted a recovery after being routed since early September by a slump in iron ore prices.Iron ore for immediate delivery to China <.IO62-CNI=SI> rose 4 percent to $83.10 a tonne.BHP Billiton ...
Australia shares close off session lows, miners buoyed by China SYDNEY: Australian shares shed 0.6 percent on Monday to their lowest since February, squeezed by uncertainty over the outlook for banks, while an uptick in trade data from China helped support the resource sector. China's export and import performance in September easily beat forecasts, helping to ease concerns about deteriorating domestic demand in Australia's largest export market. The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 32.8 points to 5,155.5 at the close of trade, after hitting an intraday ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,380.41 1.63
Arrow Nasdaq 4,258.44 0.97
Arrow S&P 1,886.76 1.29
Arrow FTSE 6,310.29 1.85
Arrow DAX 8,850.27 3.12
Arrow CAC-40 4,033.18 2.92
Arrow Nikkei 14,532.51 1.40
Arrow H.Seng 23,023.21 0.53
Arrow Sensex 26,108.53 0.42

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 10, 2014
Reserves $13.401 bln