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Australia shares seen with strong start, NZ stocks open higher  SYDNEY: Australian shares are likely to have a strong start on Friday following Wall Street's record high finish after investors shifted their focus to possible upbeat sales for US multinationals.The local share price index futures rose 0.6 percent to 5,723.0, a 26.5-point premium to the close of the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index on Thursday. The benchmark index eased 0.3 percent in the previous session but was still up 1 percent for the week.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.1 percent, or 4.8 points, to 5,743.2 in early trade.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Australia shares drop for the second straight session SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares extended falls to more than 1 percent on Tuesday on a broad-based sell-off across all sectors, and a firmer Aussie dollar hit miners and companies with US dollar earnings.Stop-loss selling, which triggers a sale when a stock reaches a certain price, was sparked after the China futures market opened, analysts said.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 65.04 points to 5,883.5 by 0148 GMT. The benchmark ended down 0.6 percent on Monday, after failing ...
Australia shares jump on commodity rally SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose the most in nearly five weeks on Friday with miners and energy stocks benefiting from an overnight rally in crude oil and iron ore prices.The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 1.3 percent, or 75.6 points to 5,921.0 by 0218 GMT. Market turnover was exaggerated ahead of options expiry. The benchmark closed up 0.1 percent on Thursday.The market has had a poor run lately with discouraging economic news from China, a key iron ...
Australia shares rise as US prompts investors to celebrate China stimulus SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose on Tuesday as investors belatedly cheered China's boost to bank lending, and a rebound iron ore prices, which remained near 10-year lows, spurred resources higher.Newly released notes from an April 7 Reserve Bank of Australia meeting which left open the prospect of further rate cuts also gave investors a reason to buy.On Sunday, China cut the amount of cash banks must hold in reserve, a move expected to pump more money ...
Australian shares weighed by miners, banks; NZ stocks steady SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares fell 1 percent on Friday as falling iron ore prices encouraged investors to sell mining stocks, putting the index on track for hefty weekly losses.The S&P/ASX 200 index dropped 61.2 points to 5886.2 by 03:54 GMT. The benchmark had risen 0.7 percent on Thursday and was set to end the week 1.4 percent lower. It has been unable to break a key psychological level of 6,000 points.The mining sector led losses, with ...
Australia shares close on positive note as energy stocks rebound SYDNEY: Australian shares ended higher on Friday with utilities and energy sectors making solid contributions as oil prices regained some ground.The S&P/ASX 200 index finished up 0.6 percent at 5,968.4, taking gains this week to 1.2 percent. The benchmark index ended the week not far a seven-year peak of 5,996.9 reached last month.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index closed a touch firmer at 5,847.4. On the week, it was 0.3 percent higher.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Australia shares inch closer to 7-year peak, NZ stocks steady SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose on Friday, helped by a positive lead from Wall Street, with utilities and energy sectors making solid contributions as oil prices regained some ground. The S&P/ASX 200 index gained 0.4 percent to 5956.5 by 0411 GMT, inching closer to a seven-year peak of just under 6,000.The benchmark dipped 0.3 percent on Thursday, but was on track for a gain of nearly 1 percent for the week.Stan Shamu, a strategist at IG ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,643.01 0.07
Arrow Nasdaq 4,828.32 0.32
Arrow S&P 1,988.87 0.06
Arrow FTSE 6,247.94 0.90
Arrow DAX 10,298.53 0.17
Arrow CAC-40 4,675.13 0.36
Arrow Nikkei 19,136.32 3.03
Arrow H.Seng 21,612.39 1.04
Arrow Sensex 26,392.38 0.61

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln