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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 more than seven months on concerns about slower growth in China, while gold edged lower for a second straight session on Monday after strong US jobs data eased fears of an economic slowdown in the United States. Mt Gibson Iron Ltd lost 5.3 percent and Atlas Iron Ltd plunged 8.5 percent. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd tumbled 10 percent and fellow steel producer Arrium Ltd dropped 7.2 percent. Index heavyweights Rio Tinto Ltd and BHP Billiton ...

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 ...
Australia shares fall 0.5pc on soft data, Qantas slumps as business hits turbulence SYDNEY: Australian shares skidded 0.5 percent to its biggest one-day loss in three weeks on Thursday, hurt by an unexpectedly steep drop in business investment numbers and a sharp fall in Qantas Airways Ltd after the carrier posted a hefty first half loss. Trading started off on a tentative footing amid escalating tensions in Ukraine which put renewed pressure on emerging market assets. Shares of Qantas Airways, facing its own struggles against stiff competition in ...
Australia shares finish flat in choppy trade SYDNEY: Australian shares finished flat on Monday in choppy trade as gains in the banking and resource sectors was offset by investors selling out of ex-dividend heavyweight stocks including Australia's biggest phone company Telstra Corporation Ltd. The S&P/ASX 200 index finished 1.5 points higher at 5,440.2. It added 0.5 percent on Friday. Telstra fell 2.5 percent. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index climbed 0.9 percent to 4,969.6. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Australia shares hit 3 month closing high SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.5 percent on Monday to a three-month closing high, taking heart from strong earnings reports, a rise in copper prices and another positive performance on Wall Street. The S&P/ASX 200 index gained 26.6 points to 5,382.9, its highest close since Nov. 18. The benchmark gained 3.7 percent last week, snapping five consecutive weeks of losses and marking its biggest weekly rise since December 2011. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,408.54 0.10
Arrow Nasdaq 4,095.52 0.23
Arrow S&P 1,864.85 0.14
Arrow FTSE 6,625.25 0.62
Arrow DAX 9,409.71 0.99
Arrow CAC-40 4,431.81 0.59
Arrow Nikkei 14,516.27 0.68
Arrow H.Seng 22,760.24 0.28
Arrow Sensex 22,628.84 1.58

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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