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Australia shares lifted by robust jobs data, recovery in miners SYDNEY: Australian shares climbed on Thursday, underpinned by a recovery in mining stocks after metals prices rose, while a robust jobs report provided additional momentum and lifted the market to session highs. Australian employment surged by 47,300 in February, the biggest gain in 13 months and far above forecasts, in a hopeful sign that the economy is finally starting to generate jobs again. "It's quite a good sign and in a sense it's realigning itself a little bit more with the data flow we've had over the past two weeks which have been pretty good," said Tom Kennedy, an economist at JP Morgan. The S&P/ASX 200 index was up 0.7 percent or 38.4 points at 5,422.6 as of 0111 GMT. The benchmark fell 0.6 percent on Wednesday. The benchmark touched a 5-1/2-year high of 5,462.3 points on March 7, underpinned by strong corporate earnings, but recent sessions have seen the ...

Australia shares close little changed, investors cautious SYDNEY: Australian shares finished flat on Tuesday as investors turned to banks and defensive stocks, unnerved by a steep fall in iron ore prices that hurt small miners and a pullback in a business conditions survey. The S&P/ASX 200 index added 2.3 points to finish at 5,413.8. The benchmark fell 0.9 percent on Monday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index slipped 0.3 percent to 5,101.9. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Australia shares mark time as lower iron ore, China drag SYDNEY: Australian shares traded sideways on Tuesday morning, following a dip on Wall Street, with smaller iron ore miners easing further and a pullback in a business conditions survey keeping investors cautious. Global miners BHP Billiton Ltd and Rio Tinto Ltd steadied from big losses in the previous session, rising 0.1 percent and 1.1 percent respectively. But smaller iron ore miners were under pressure after Chinese steel and iron ore futures slumped to their lowest ...
Australia shares fall as weak China trade data hits SYDNEY: Australian shares fell nearly 1 percent on Monday, slipping from a 5-1/2-year high touched in the previous session, after disappointing Chinese trade data hit metals markets and sent resource stocks tumbling. Chinese exports unexpectedly tumbled 18.1 percent in February from a year earlier, data released at the weekend showed, swinging the trade balance into deficit and adding to fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. Copper fell to its lowest level in ...
Australia shares erase losses on upbeat trade, retail sales data SYDNEY: Australian shares finished flat on Thursday as upbeat retail sales and trade balance data helped the index recover from heavy losses in the morning, although investors remained cautious over developments in Ukraine.The S&P/ASX 200 index ended just 0.3 point lower at 5,445.9, after hitting a session low of 5,422.7. The benchmark had gained 0.9 percent on Wednesday to close at its highest point since June 2008.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.8 percent ...
Australia shares close at highest in 5-1/2 years, NZ at new high SYDNEY: Australian shares gained 0.9 percent on Wednesday to close at their highest point since June 2008, spurred by upbeat fourth quarter GDP figures and signs a military confrontation between Russia and Ukraine might be averted. The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 46 points to finish the session 5,446.2, its highest point in 5-1/2 years. The benchmark added 0.3 percent on Tuesday. Elsewhere, HSBC/Markit's China Services Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) ticked up to 51.0 in February ...
Australia shares supported by oil, building approvals; Ukraine weighs SYDNEY: Australian shares inched up 0.3 percent on Tuesday, with upbeat building approvals data and gains in energy stocks helping to steer a cautious morning session amid the tense standoff between Ukraine and Russia. Oil and gas producers Santos Ltd rose 0.6 percent while AWE Ltd climbed 2.5 percent. Crude prices jumped more than $2 a barrel overnight to the highest level since September as the Russian military tightened its grip on the Crimean region ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,501.65 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 4,126.97 0.83
Arrow S&P 1,875.39 0.22
Arrow FTSE 6,674.74 0.11
Arrow DAX 9,544.19 0.58
Arrow CAC-40 4,451.08 0.74
Arrow Nikkei 14,546.27 1.09
Arrow H.Seng 22,509.64 0.97
Arrow Sensex 22,876.54 0.52

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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln