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Australia shares end higher as energy and mining stocks advance SYDNEY: Australian shares ended higher on Wednesday thanks to a boost from energy and mining stocks, but a mixed performance by the big banks kept the overall market in check.The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 0.6 percent, or 34.7 points, higher at 5,960.7. The benchmark index is not far from a seven-year peak of 5,996.9 set last month.New Zealand's NZX 50 index finished the session up 0.1 percent, or 4.3 points, at 5,859.7.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...

Australia shares rise on strong mining, energy sectors; NZ subdued SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose on Wednesday as higher oil prices helped shore up the energy sector, while steadier iron ore prices prompted some investors to buy recently battered miners.Bank shares, however, were mostly softer with the market still struggling to get over its disappointment that the central bank did not cut interest rates on Tuesday.The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.3 percent, or 18.6 points, to 5,944.6 by 0237 GMT. The benchmark index is not far ...
Australian shares rise as investors bet on rate cut SYDNEY: Australian shares rose on Thursday as investors shrugged off a fall on Wall Street and bought bank stocks amid growing expectations of an interest rate cut within days.The Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to announce its second rate cut of 2015 when it meets on Tuesday, the next trading day after markets close for the Easter weekend. A cut would encourage more people to get loans.The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 37.8 points or ...
Australia shares rise on expectations for a rate cut on Tuesday SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose on Thursday as investors shrugged off a fall on from Wall Street and bought bank stocks amid growing expectations of a rate cut within days.The Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to announce its second rate cut of 2015 when it meets on Tuesday, the next trading day after markets close for the Easter weekend. A cut would encourage more people to get loans."The market is pricing in an expectation of ...
Australia shares slump on falling metals, oil prices SYDNEY: Australian shares fell sharply on Monday as resources stocks followed oil and metals prices lower, while Caltex Australia's stock slumped as U.S. energy giant Chevron Corp sold its entire stake at a discounted price.Chevron's $3.7 billion sale of its half stake in the fuel firm was Australia's biggest block trade ever.The S&P/ASX 200 index ended down 1.25 percent or 73.8 points at 5846.1, its lowest close since March 18.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index ...
Australia shares tumble as commodities decline weighs on resources SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares fell sharply on Monday as resources stocks followed oil and metals prices lower, while investors failed to take inspiration from late Wall St gains on Friday.United States energy giant Chevron Corp's $3.7 billion sale of its half stake in fuel firm Caltex Australia , Australia's biggest block trade ever, also pushed the benchmark lower in line with the stock's discounted sale price.Caltex fell 10 percent to A$34.22 after Chevron swiftly unloaded its ...
Australia shares subdued; NZ's Fonterra pressured SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian stocks struggled for direction on Wednesday with the benchmark index still looking for an excuse to push through the 6,000 level that will mark its highest in seven years.Keeping the overall market afloat were bank stocks, which returned to favour following a day of consolidation. Two of the big four banks hit fresh all-time highs. ANZ rose to A$37.08, while Westpac Bank topped out at A$39.89.The S&P/ASX 200 index was a mere 0.06 ...

 



 
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


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln