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Australia shares pop higher on miners, industrials SYDNEY: Australian shares gained 0.5 percent on Friday in the first trading day of 2015, buoyed by industrials and mining companies. The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 24.8 points higher at 5,435.9 in thin trade as many investors have yet to return from their New Year holidays.Weighed down by falling commodity prices, the benchmark rose a mere 1 percent in 2014 compared with the robust gains in the previous two years. New Zealand markets were closed on Friday. Its benchmark share index gained nearly 18 percent last year.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Australia shares seen off to quiet start, NZ stocks scale new heights SYDNEY: Australian shares are likely to have a quiet start on Tuesday, after falling oil prices held back Wall Street. The heavyweight resource and energy sectors may have a subdued session following Monday's gains.Local stock index futures fell 0.4 percent to 5,443 points, a 21-point discount to the close of the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index on Monday. The benchmark rallied 1.5 percent to its highest since mid-November in the last session and was on track ...
Weak commodities pummel Australian shares, NZ scales new heights SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares retreated on Tuesday as commodity prices fell, while New Zealand stocks set a fresh record high. Trading volume is likely to remain thin this week with many investors away for New Year holidays. The market will be closed on Thursday. At 0118 GMT, the S&P/ASX 200 index was off 0.4 percent, or 21.38 points, to 5,452.4, but held near a seven-week peak of 5,486.7 touched in early trade. The benchmark rose 1.5 ...
Australia & NZ shares slip on weak commodity prices, Greece SYDNEY: Australian and New Zealand shares retreated on Tuesday as falling commodity prices and political uncertainty in Greece made investors avoid risk. The S&P/ASX 200 index, which gained 1.5 percent on Monday, slipped 1 percent to 5,416.600 at the close of trade, pulling back from a seven-week peak of 5,486.7.For the year, the benchmark was up 1.2 percent. On Tuesday, technology and energy sectors suffered the most, with losses of nearly 2 percent. Financials and ...
Australia shares set to open higher tracking Wall Street SYDNEY: Australian shares are likely to have a firm start on Monday after Wall Street closed at records on Friday.The S&P/ASX 200 index edged up in a shortened Christmas Eve session, while New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index eased 0.2 percent in early trade, a whisker away from record highs touched last week.For a summary of overnight action across global markets, double click onCopyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Australia shares rise in thin trade, NZ index hits record high SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose 1 percent on Monday in thin holiday-time trading, led by gains in mining, energy and telecommunications, while New Zealand stocks rose to record highs. Trading volume is likely to remain thin this week, with many investors away for New Year holidays. The market will be closed on Thursday. At 01:17 GMT, the S&P/ASX 200 index was up 55.46 points to a seven-week peak of 5,450. Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group ...
Australian dollar hits 4-1/2-year low on China growth worries LONDON: The Australian dollar hit a 4-1/2-year trough against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as prices of iron for construction fell in China amid weak demand from the property sector and after Australia's premier warned of heightened "terrorist chatter".Following the siege in a Sydney cafe a week ago, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the public must remain alert as the country headed into Christmas and New Year celebrations, helping to prod lower an Aussie ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,164.95 1.45
Arrow Nasdaq 4,635.24 1.03
Arrow S&P 1,994.99 1.30
Arrow FTSE 6,749.40 0.90
Arrow DAX 10,694.32 0.41
Arrow CAC-40 4,604.25 0.59
Arrow Nikkei 17,674.39 0.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,507.05 0.36
Arrow Sensex 29,182.95 1.68

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln