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Australian shares flat but Chinese GDP, miners buoy sentiment SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares traded flat on Wednesday, with gains in big miners on the back of improving iron ore prices and a slight pick-up in Chinese GDP offseting worries sparked by US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's comments about overvalued stocks. Banks lost ground for a second session, with top bank by market capitalisation Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Banking Corp, the second biggest, both losing 0.4 percent. Analysts said a government-backed report on Tuesday that called for increased capital requirements to support housing loans and other changes that could reduce revenue were possible negatives for financial stocks. On Wall Street, stocks pulled back overnight after Yellen and other Fed policymakers raised concerns about "substantially stretched valuations" in some sectors. The S&P/ASX 200 index had slipped 3.3 points to 5,508.0 by 0211 GMT.The benchmark ended flat on Tuesday. After a promising start to the year, the market has lost ...

Australia shares close flat, miners offset bank falls SYDNEY: Australian shares ended flat on Tuesday as a government report on the financial system dragged on banks to pull the market lower, though a rise in miners and on Wall Street overnight helped temper losses The S&P/ASX 200 index closed flat at 5,511.3 at the close of trade. The benchmark added 0.5 percent on Monday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index slipped 0.2 percent or 12.5 points to finish the session at 5,115.4. Copyright ...
Banks tug Australian shares lower after financial system report SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares reversed early gains to dip 0.1 percent on Tuesday as a financial system report dragged on banks to pull the market lower, offsetting Wall Street's moves higher overnight as the Dow Jones hit an intraday record. Banks floundered as a government-backed review of the Australian financial system said it had performed "reasonably well" in facilitating economic growth, but noted a number of challenges loomed including fiscal pressures, slowing productivity growth and technological ...
Australia shares rise 0.5pc in broad rally, gains seen limited SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose 0.5 percent on Monday, led by financial and consumer goods companies, but analysts said valuations are getting stretched and likely to keep further gains in check. After a promising start to the year, the market has lost momentum due to falling iron ore prices and a hit to consumer confidence from an unexpectedly austere federal budget. For the first-half, stocks rose just 1.9 percent. "Liquidity is still not as good as ...
Asian shares edge higher, oil nurses losses SYDNEY: Asian shares rose on Monday as euro zone banking jitters faded, but investors remained cautious ahead of corporate earnings and a raft of global economic events, including testimony from the head of the Federal Reserve. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.4 percent, with Seoul putting on 0.3 percent. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.4 percent after several sessions of losses. Singapore's main index went flat after the city-state reported a surprise ...
Australia shares lower for third session, blue-chips weigh SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 1.06 percent on Wednesday to lose further ground from this week's one-month high, with big-name stocks stumbling lower after a selloff on Wall Street overnight. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 58.44 points to 5,452.5 points by the close of trade, its third consecutive session of losses. The benchmark slipped 0.2 percent on Tuesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.84 percent, or 43.4 points, to finish the session at 5,122.7. ...
Australian shares down from 1-month highs, big-name stocks sell off SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares fell 0.9 percent on Wednesday to lose further ground from this week's one-month high, with big-name stocks stumbling lower after a sell-off on Wall Street overnight. Among blue-chip banking stocks, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group dropped 1.2 percent, while Westpac Banking Corp, Australia's second biggest bank by market value, dipped 0.8 percent. Elsewhere top-tier miner BHP Billiton Ltd lost 0.9 percent. Among the top 20 stocks on the ASX 200, Australia's ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln