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Australia shares claw higher on 'Big Four' banks, retail sales disappoint WELLINGTON: Australian shares added 0.2 percent on Wednesday as a claw back among banking stocks helped buoy the market, though sentiment was dampened as Wall Street fell overnight and retail sales data came in weaker than expected. The Australian Bureau of Statistics said retail sales in August edged 0.1 percent higher, below a forecasted rise of 0.4 percent. Stocks in the sector were hit on the news, with department store operator Myer Holdings Ltd dropping 1.4 percent to a November 2012 low of A$1.93, while clothing company Pacfic Brands Ltd lost 2.1 percent. "We are seeing those retailers coming under a bit of pressure today as a result of that retail sales number coming through weaker than expected," said Leanne Jones, equities analyst at Bell Direct. The financials sector was mixed with the major banks higher in choppy trade, but insurance stocks slipped. National Australia Bank added 0.1 percent and ...

Asia stocks unsettled by HK, sluggish China factories SYDNEY: Asian markets were in hesitant mood on Tuesday as investors wondered what China's response would be to civil unrest in Hong Kong, while the US dollar was on track to post its biggest monthly gain in well over a year. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, in one of the biggest political challenges to Beijing since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago.The unrest was an added complication ...
Australia shares flail in choppy trade, HK demonstrations eyed SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares added 0.1 percent in choppy trade on Tuesday, hovering at February lows as Wall Street closed lower overnight, while investors remained cautious on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Elsewhere, activity in China's factory sector showed signs of steadying with the final HSBC/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) hovering at 50.2 in September, but lower than a preliminary reading of 50.5. Iron ore for immediate delivery to China was steady at $78.60 ...
Australia shares fall to their lowest in over 7 months SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.93 percent on Monday to their lowest levels since February as a slump in iron ore prices continued to hamper miners, while investors were also wary of growing protests in Hong Kong.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 49.22 points to 5,264.20 at the close of trade. The benchmark lost 2.2 percent last week, its fifth consecutive week of losses and its longest losing streak since January.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose ...
Australia shares dip on weak iron ore prices; investors eye HK protests SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares shed 0.5 percent on Monday, led by blue chip stocks as a slump in iron ore prices continued to hamper miners and investors were wary of growing protests in Hong Kong.The top 20 stocks in the ASX 200 led the broad-based sell-off with top-tier banks Westpac Banking Corp down 0.3 percent, while Australia and New Zealand Banking Group fell 0.2 percent. ANZ said it has agreed to sell its 17.5 percent stake ...
Australian shares edge up as miners recover; China growth worries cap gains SYDNEY: Australian shares edged higher 0.1 percent on Thursday after a solid session on Wall Street prompted investors to pick up recently battered mining stocks, though worries of a slowing growth in China tempered gains. The S&P/ASX 200 index added 6.4 points to 5,382.2 at the close of trade. The benchmark lost 0.7 percent on Wednesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.4 percent, or 19.7 points, to finish the session at 5,277.9. Copyright ...
Australia shares fall on Wall Street, caution after US airstrikes in Syria SYDNEY: Australian shares lost 0.7 percent on Wednesday as Wall Street fell overnight and investors turned cautious following the first US-led air strikes in Syria against Islamic State. The S&P/ASX 200 index tumbled 39.9 points to 5,375.8 at the close of trade.The benchmark climbed 1 percent on Tuesday, its biggest one-day gain since Aug. 12. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index dipped 0.3 percent or 16.7 points to 5,258.2. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,677.90 1.32
Arrow Nasdaq 4,452.79 1.60
Arrow S&P 1,950.82 1.23
Arrow FTSE 6,419.15 0.30
Arrow DAX 9,047.31 1.20
Arrow CAC-40 4,157.68 1.28
Arrow Nikkei 15,138.96 0.37
Arrow H.Seng 23,333.18 0.30
Arrow Sensex 26,851.05 0.24

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 23, 2014
Reserves $13.465 bln