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Australia shares hit one-week high as Qantas takes off, banks gain SYDNEY: Australian shares rose to a one-week closing high on Monday with Qantas the star performer after the airline cheered investors with a faster-than-anticipated recovery from last year's record loss. The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 0.7 percent, or 37.4 points, to 5,372.7, reversing all of Friday's 0.6 percent decline. Qantas shares jumped 13.8 percent to A$2.39 - its highest close since February 2011. Also in favour, the big four local banks notched up solid gains. Investors were relieved that a financial system inquiry calling for stronger capitalisation contained no nasty surprises. New Zealand shares ended a shade firmer, pushing the benchmark NZX 50 index to a fresh record-closing high of 5,529.3. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Australia shares ease amid mining, energy sell off SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.6 percent on Friday, weighed by losses in mining and energy firms with investors nervous ahead of a key US jobs report that could trigger sharp moves.The S&P/ASX 200 index shed 33.5 points to 5,335.3 at the close of trade, but was still up 0.4 percent for the week.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index ended the session unchanged at 5,521.9 to show a jump of nearly 2 percent so far this ...
Australia shares, defying commodities rout & weak GDP, close higher SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.8 percent on Wednesday as investors shrugged off disappointing economic data and further declines in oil and iron ore prices and bought stocks on the cheap after the recent steep selloff. The S&P/ASX 200 index extended the previous session's recovery after plunging nearly 4 percent in two sessions. The benchmark closed up 40.5 points at 5,321.8, pulling away from a two-month low touched this week. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index ...
Australia shares rise as oil, gold rebound drive resources up SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares shook off a weak lead from Wall Street and recovered some of their recent losses on Tuesday, as rebounding oil and metals prices drove a relief rally in resources firms. A raft of encouraging domestic economic data, including figures showing new home approvals grew twice as fast as expected in October, added to the positive mood after a punishing selloff in recent sessions. "We're one of only a few markets in positive ...
Australia shares fall as oil slump wallops energy stocks SYDNEY: Australian shares fell the most in seven weeks on Friday, led by a brutal selloff in energy producers as the biggest drop in oil prices in three years stoked concerns about demand for the country's commodities. The S&P/ASX 200 index closed down 1.6 percent or 87.9 points at 5313.0, its biggest percentage drop since Oct. 10. The energy sub-index slumped 7.6 percent. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.6 percent or 30.9 points ...
Australia shares flat, held back by energy sector SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares hovered at one-week highs on Thursday thanks to gains in the major banks, but losses in the energy and mining sectors kept a lid on the overall market. The S&P/ASX 200 index was a mere 0.13 percent higher at 5,403.4 by 0239 GMT, having rallied 1.2 percent in the previous session. The major banks did most of the heavy lifting with National Australia Bank up 1.3 percent at A$32.88. Energy stocks were ...
Australia shares snap losing streak on China rate cut cheer SYDNEY: Australian shares rose by their most in a month as resources companies bounced from multi-year lows on hopes a surprise interest rate cut in China would boost demand and prices for commodities.The S&P/ASX 200 index closed up 1.08 percent or 57.50 points to 5361.8, its biggest percentage gain since Oct. 22 and snapping a five-day losing streak. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.44 percent or 24.13 points to finish the session at ...

 



 
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ICT 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyOctober
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln