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Australia shares dip as iron ore prices tumble SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares fell 0.7 percent on Monday as mining stocks remained under pressured after spot iron ore prices fell back to near their lowest since 2009.The S&P/ASX 200 index shed 36.8 points to 5,396.3 by 0151 GMT. The benchmark tacked on 0.3 percent on Friday but lost 1.8 percent for the week, a fourth consecutive week of losses.The benchmark hit a six-year high of 5,679.5 points on Aug. 21, but has since slumped some 280 points to trade near 12-week lows.Top-tier miners BHP Billiton Ltd and Rio Tinto Ltd declined 0.7 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. OZ Minerals Ltd dropped 2.6 percent, while Northern Star Resources Ltd tumbled 2.4 percent.Shanghai steel futures fell more than 2 percent to a record low on Friday amid sluggish demand in top consumer China.Investors have trimmed exposure to Australian equities due to a rise in bond yields, the slump in iron ore prices ...

Australia shares edge up, braced by banks, as investors eye Scotland SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares added 0.2 percent on Friday as Wall Street climbed, though continued weakness in iron ore hit resource stocks, and investors continued to scrutinise results trickling in from the Scottish independence referendum.US stocks rose overnight, a day after the US Federal Reserve kept intact its pledge to keep interest rates low, providing a backstop for investors that helped lift both the Dow and S&P to record highs. Banks underpinned the market as investors ...
Australia shares set for 7th losing session, weak ore prices hit miners SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares reversed early gains to shed 0.5 percent on Thursday, extending losses to a seventh session with further weakness in iron ore prices hurting the resource sector. Stocks with exposure to the United States found support on signs of strength in the world's largest economy and as the Aussie dollar fell near six-month lows, benefitting exporters. Elsewhere, iron ore retreated further after a spike higher at the start of the week, reflecting continued ...
Australia shares slip to lowest since July, Fed meeting in focus SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.7 percent on Wednesday to 11-week lows as worries the US Federal Reserve may begin to raise rates hit investor sentiment, although a modest recovery in miners tempered losses. The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 38.1 points to 5,407.3, its lowest close since July 1. The benchmark fell for its sixth consecutive session, its longest losing streak since early August. The benchmark fell 0.5 percent on Tuesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 ...
Australia shares seen rising from 1-month lows on Wall St, iron ore SYDNEY: Australian shares are seen recovering from one-month lows on Wednesday following stronger leads from Wall Street overnight and as iron ore futures showed an uptick for the recently battered commodity. Local share price index futures rose 0.5 percent to 5,469, a 23.6-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark fell 0.5 percent to a one-month low on Tuesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.4 percent in early trade. US ...
Asia shares edge up as investors second-guess Fed SYDNEY: Asian shares crept cautiously higher on Wednesday after Wall Street rebounded on speculation the Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the session. The Dow hit a fresh record while the US dollar took a knock after the Wall Street Journal's Fed watcher Jon Hilsenrath said the central bank would keep the words "considerable time" in its policy statement, though it might qualify them. ...
Australia shares slip to 11-week low, investors eye Fed SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares eased to an 11-week low on Wednesday on worry the US Federal Reserve may begin to raise rates although an extended recovery in miners tempered losses. High-yielding stocks, including the 'Big Four' banks, fell as investors trimmed equity holdings.The country's top lender by assets, National Australia Bank m declined 0.8 percent and Australia's No.3 lender, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, dropped 1.4 percent. Australia's biggest telecommunications provider Telstra Corp Ltd slipped ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,380.41 1.63
Arrow Nasdaq 4,258.44 0.97
Arrow S&P 1,886.76 1.29
Arrow FTSE 6,310.29 1.85
Arrow DAX 8,850.27 3.12
Arrow CAC-40 4,033.18 2.92
Arrow Nikkei 14,532.51 1.40
Arrow H.Seng 23,023.21 0.53
Arrow Sensex 26,108.53 0.42

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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 10, 2014
Reserves $13.401 bln