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Australia & NZ stocks pop higher, on track for hefty monthly gains SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose to a seven-week peak, while New Zealand stocks hit a fresh record high on Friday, after encouraging US growth data boosted risk appetite, putting them on track for hefty gains this month.The S&P/ASX 200 index rallied 24 points to 5,500.6 by 0221 GMT, having climbed as far as 5,514.2, its highest since mid-September. The benchmark has rebounded 4.1 percent this month, following a near 6 percent tumble in September.The move higher was underpinned by a rise on Wall Street on Thursday following a strong reading on quarterly economic growth and another round of upbeat earnings reports."The market was reasonably positive in America and what also helped Australian stocks is that bond yields continued to fall and there seems to be a positive correlation between these two asset classes at the moment," said Damien Boey, an equity strategist at Credit Suisse.Industrial stocks gained 1 percent, followed by ...

Australia shares seen with a cautious start SYDNEY: Australian shares are set to have a muted start on Thursday following disappointing results from the country's fourth lender by market value.National Australia Bank said annual cash profit fell almost 10 percent, its second drop in three years, hit by writedowns for its troubled UK business.A small dip on Wall Street after the Federal Reserve ended its stimulative monthly bond-buying program and expressed confidence in US economic prospects is also likely to weigh on ...
Australia shares end flat ahead of bank results SYDNEY: Australian shares pared early gains to end flat on Wednesday as investors overlooked strong advances on Wall St and instead opted for caution before earnings reports from Australia's top banks later in the week.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.1 percent or 4.9 points to 5,447.7, the same percentage fall as the previous day.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.3 percent or 17.54 points to finish the session at 5355.88.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Australia shares seen ticking higher on Wall St, caution on banks, US Fed SYDNEY: Australian shares are set to rise modestly on Wednesday, hovering around six-week highs after Wall Street jumped overnight, though trading may be cautious ahead of full year results from Australia's top banks later in the week. Investors are also eyeing the US Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, where it is likely to reinforce expectations it will wait a long while before rising interest rates, although the Fed is all but certain to announce the ...
Australia shares up on firm resources, JB soars on higher sales, new stores SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares edged higher on Wednesday after Wall Street jumped overnight, but the uptick was capped by losses in financial stocks as investors remained cautious before earnings reports from Australia's top banks later in the week.JB Hi-Fi Ltd stole the spotlight, climbing 8.6 percent to one-month highs of A$16.04 after the company said it expects to open a eight new stores in FY 2015, while its year-to-date sales were up 0.5 percent.The broader market ...
Australia shares retreat from 6-week high on resources, energy SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares fell 0.4 percent on Tuesday, backing off from six-week highs under pressure from weak global data and resources and energy sectors amid falling iron ore and oil prices.Disappointing data showing the pace of growth in the US services sector slowed in October to a six-month low and weak German business sentiment also sapped confidence.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell about 23.3 points to 5,435.6 by 0100 GMT. The benchmark, which rose 0.9 percent ...
Australia shares set to open lower as resources sag MELBOURNE: Australian shares are set to retreat from a six-week high on Tuesday, under pressure from the resources sector, with iron ore and oil prices slipping.Local share price index futures fell 0.3 percent to 5,423.0, sitting at a 36-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark rose 0.9 percent on Monday to its highest close since Sept 15.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index slipped 1.7 points to 5,332.1 in early trade.US stocks ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,810.06 0.51
Arrow Nasdaq 4,712.97 0.24
Arrow S&P 2,063.50 0.52
Arrow FTSE 6,750.76 1.08
Arrow DAX 9,732.55 2.62
Arrow CAC-40 4,347.23 2.67
Arrow Nikkei 17,357.51 0.33
Arrow H.Seng 23,437.12 0.37
Arrow Sensex 28,334.63 0.95

Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln