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Australia shares close higher, propped up by miners, defensives SYDNEY: Australian shares ended 0.4 percent higher on Monday, propped up by miners and the defensive sector as investors digested a batch of earnings results released earlier in the session. The S&P/ASX 200 index climbd 20.6 points to 5,587.1 at the close of trade. The benchmark added 0.3 percxent on Friday, ending the week up 2.4 percent. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index slipped 0.1 percent or 7 points to finish the session at 5,071.1. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Asia shares up but gains limited as Ukraine sours mood TOKYO: Asian stocks eked out gains on Monday after seeing Wall Street recover from the latest round of tensions in the Ukrainian crisis, although renewed uncertainty over the volatile conflict put a firm lid on markets. The dollar was on the back foot against the safe-haven yen, weighed by a slide in Treasury yields.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent. Tokyo's Nikkei gained 0.1 percent. News late on Friday that ...
Australia shares steady, investors digest earnings SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares were marginally positive on Monday, propped up by miners and the defensive sector as investors digested a raft of earnings results released earlier in the session. Ansell Ltd jumped 2.4 percent after the world's biggest maker of condom and gloves, said it anticipated improved demand in developed economies this year. The move higher supported stocks in the health sector, with biotech firm CSL Ltd adding 0.3 percent. The mining sector was boosted ...
Australia shares post biggest weekly gain since Feb, ANZ finishes lower SYDNEY: Australian shares ended 0.32 percent higher on Friday, tracking Wall Street and as an uptick among miners helped bolster gains, though the investor mood was dampened as ANZ Bank's earnings failed to cheer. Australia's No.3 bank by market value, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd, lost 1.07 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 index notched up 18.03 points to finish at 5,566.50 points. The benchmark ended 0.6 percent higher on Thursday, and jumped 2.41 percent ...
Australia shares buoyed by strong earnings; Telstra, Fairfax shine SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares added 0.6 percent on Thursday, underpinned by a firmer finish on Wall Street, better-than-expected earnings for Australia's largest telecommunications provider Telstra, and a return to profit for media group Fairfax.Telstra Corporation Ltd climbed 1.9 percent to A$5.54, its highest since March 2002, after its full-year earnings came in above forecasts, with the company saying it would buy back A$1 billion in shares while also hiking its dividend.Telstra's surge supported other stocks in ...
Australia shares rise on easing Ukraine tensions, business confidence SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares climbed 0.9 percent on Tuesday to follow Wall Street higher, with gains across most sectors as investors bought equities as geopolitical tensions in Ukraine eased and local business confidence improved. US stocks ended higher on Monday, extending the rally from Friday as investors hoped that Russia's move to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine would ease tensions between the two countries. Among banks, Westpac Banking Corp climbed 1.2 percent, National Australia Bank added ...
Australia shares on track to end six-day losing streak, JB slumps SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares, which have fallen the past six sessions, added 0.6 percent early on Monday, raising hopes the longest losing streak since December can end, thanks to a jump on Wall Street and easing tensions in Ukraine. The S&P and Dow on Friday both posted their best day since March, with the market buoyed by news that Russia was ending military drills near the Ukrainian border, while investors overlooked US air strikes in Iraq. ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,098.45 0.11
Arrow Nasdaq 4,580.27 0.50
Arrow S&P 2,003.37 0.33
Arrow FTSE 6,819.75 0.20
Arrow DAX 9,470.17 0.08
Arrow CAC-40 4,381.04 0.34
Arrow Nikkei 15,424.59 0.23
Arrow H.Seng 24,742.06 0.01
Arrow Sensex 26,638.11 0.29

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 28, 2014
Reserves $13.582 bln