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Australia shares seen firmer on US lead, RBA in focus SYDNEY: Australian shares are likely to track Wall Street higher on Tuesday, although caution will prevail ahead of a keenly awaited policy decision by the central bank.The local share price index futures rose a modest 0.2 percent to 5,954.0, a 4.9-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index. The benchmark index closed at a fresh seven-year high on Monday.The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) holds its policy review on Tuesday and will announce its decision at 0330 GMT.Analysts are split on whether the RBA will cut the cash rate again, following last month's quarter-point reduction to a record low 2.25 percent.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index eased 0.2 percent to 5,881.07 in early trade.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Australia shares set to open lower as investors retreat from 7-year high  SYDNEY: Australian shares are likely to open lower on Thursday, tracking Wall Street, as prices retreat from the previous session's seven-year peak while investors digest another day of what is expected to be a mixed bag of earnings results.Local share price index futures fell 0.3 percent to sit at a 42-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index. The benchmark rose 0.3 percent on Wednesday.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index was down 0.1 percent in ...
Australia shares edge up, NZ stocks near record SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares were subdued on Wednesday as mixed company earnings and no clear signal from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as to when the US central bank might raise interest rates gave little reason for investors to chase stocks higher.The S&P/ASX 200 index added 11.8 points to 5,938.8 points by 0149 GMT. The benchmark rose 0.3 percent on Wednesday, nearing a seven-year peak of 5,946.8 touched last week."The huge rally over the last six ...
Australia, NZ dollars boosted by China PMI and Yellen SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars rose on Wednesday after a survey showed better-than-expected activity in China's mammoth factories, while a drop in Treasury yields undermined their US counterpart.The Australian dollar powered to $0.7875, from $0.7814 in early trade, having touched a one-month peak of $0.7887. A sustained break above stiff chart resistance near $0.7880 would target the 55-day moving average of $0.8003. The Aussie has been under the 55-day MA since September.It was ...
Australia shares seen to open higher after Fed comments SYDNEY: Australian shares are set to open higher on Wednesday with resources stocks likely to underpin gains after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left the door open for a later than mid-year interest rate hike.Global miner BHP Billiton is expected to have a strong start following a 1 percent rise in its US ADRs , with investors looking to more earnings results, including engineering firm Worley Parsons.The local share price index futures rose 0.4 percent, ...
Australia shares hit 7-year closing high as investors cheer earnings SYDNEY, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Australian shares edged up to a seven-year closing high on Tuesday as promising results in the mining, finance and healthcare sectors underpinned buying.The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 19.0 points or 0.3 percent to 5,927.0, its highest close since May 2008.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.5 percent or 31.4 points to finish the session at 5723.0.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Australia shares edge closer to 7-year highs SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares gave up early losses to edge closer to the psychological level of 6,000 points, led by broad-based gains as investors shrugged off weak earnings reports from resources and energy-related companies.Sentiment was bouyed as the Dow and S&P500 ended at record highs on Friday after the Greek and euro zone finance ministers reached a deal to extend Greece's financial rescue plan by four months.The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.5 percent, or 27.76 points, ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,288.63 0.86
Arrow Nasdaq 5,008.10 0.90
Arrow S&P 2,117.39 0.61
Arrow FTSE 6,940.64 0.09
Arrow DAX 11,410.36 0.08
Arrow CAC-40 4,917.32 0.69
Arrow Nikkei 18,826.88 0.15
Arrow H.Seng 24,887.44 0.15
Arrow Sensex 29,459.14 0.33

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln