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Australia shares seen with a cautious start SYDNEY: Australian shares are set to have a muted start on Thursday following disappointing results from the country's fourth lender by market value.National Australia Bank said annual cash profit fell almost 10 percent, its second drop in three years, hit by writedowns for its troubled UK business.A small dip on Wall Street after the Federal Reserve ended its stimulative monthly bond-buying program and expressed confidence in US economic prospects is also likely to weigh on Australian shares.Local share price index futures rose 1 point to 5,430.0, a 17.7-point discount to the close of the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index on Wednesday. The benchmark index fell 0.1 percent in the last session.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index was up 0.7 percent in early trade.Both the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 fell 0.1 percent after the Fed comments.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Australia shares end flat ahead of bank results SYDNEY: Australian shares pared early gains to end flat on Wednesday as investors overlooked strong advances on Wall St and instead opted for caution before earnings reports from Australia's top banks later in the week.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.1 percent or 4.9 points to 5,447.7, the same percentage fall as the previous day.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.3 percent or 17.54 points to finish the session at 5355.88.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Australia shares seen ticking higher on Wall St, caution on banks, US Fed SYDNEY: Australian shares are set to rise modestly on Wednesday, hovering around six-week highs after Wall Street jumped overnight, though trading may be cautious ahead of full year results from Australia's top banks later in the week. Investors are also eyeing the US Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, where it is likely to reinforce expectations it will wait a long while before rising interest rates, although the Fed is all but certain to announce the ...
Australia shares up on firm resources, JB soars on higher sales, new stores SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares edged higher on Wednesday after Wall Street jumped overnight, but the uptick was capped by losses in financial stocks as investors remained cautious before earnings reports from Australia's top banks later in the week.JB Hi-Fi Ltd stole the spotlight, climbing 8.6 percent to one-month highs of A$16.04 after the company said it expects to open a eight new stores in FY 2015, while its year-to-date sales were up 0.5 percent.The broader market ...
Australia shares retreat from 6-week high on resources, energy SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares fell 0.4 percent on Tuesday, backing off from six-week highs under pressure from weak global data and resources and energy sectors amid falling iron ore and oil prices.Disappointing data showing the pace of growth in the US services sector slowed in October to a six-month low and weak German business sentiment also sapped confidence.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell about 23.3 points to 5,435.6 by 0100 GMT. The benchmark, which rose 0.9 percent ...
Australia shares set to open lower as resources sag MELBOURNE: Australian shares are set to retreat from a six-week high on Tuesday, under pressure from the resources sector, with iron ore and oil prices slipping.Local share price index futures fell 0.3 percent to 5,423.0, sitting at a 36-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark rose 0.9 percent on Monday to its highest close since Sept 15.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index slipped 1.7 points to 5,332.1 in early trade.US stocks ...
Australia shares rise on optimism over US, European economies SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose by mid-session on Monday, as investors shrugged off concerns about the US Federal Reserve winding back its stimulus plan and strong momentum from Wall Street.Financial sector stocks pulled the market higher ahead of a widely expected announcement from the Fed this week that it will end quantitative easing - a sign the world's largest economy is recovering.A European Central Bank report suggesting Europe's top lenders have largely repaired their finances since ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,804.80 0.15
Arrow Nasdaq 4,765.38 0.36
Arrow S&P 2,070.65 0.46
Arrow FTSE 6,545.27 1.23
Arrow DAX 9,786.96 0.25
Arrow CAC-40 4,241.65 0.18
Arrow Nikkei 17,621.40 2.39
Arrow H.Seng 23,116.63 1.25
Arrow Sensex 27,371.84 0.90

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln