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Australia & NZ shares bounce on upbeat data and falling bond yields SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian and New Zealand shares bounced higher on Thursday, after encouraging U.S. data boosted risk appetite, while upbeat domestic building approvals further supported sentiment.The S&P/ASX 200 index gained 33.2 points or 0.6 percent to 5,386.9 by 0132 GMT, snapping two sessions of losses, though the benchmark was still down 1 percent so far this week."There is a bit of a relief rally in response to better-than expected data in the United States and Germany," said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets."We've turned a bit of a sentiment corner and it's seen across all asset classes," he said.Some of the reprieve came after Australian approvals to build new homes in November jumped 7.5 percent, against forecasts for a fall of 3.5 percent.The Reserve Bank of Australia has been counting on the housing sector to help the domestic economy cope with a cooling in mining activities.Also supporting stocks were ...

Australia, NZ dollars jump on euro, pound SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars extended gains on the euro on Thursday, as the threat of deflation reinforced expectations of bolder stimulus steps by the European Central Bank (ECB).The euro fell to a one-month low of A$1.4596 and was testing support around A$1.4590. It has lost 1.5 percent so far this week and seven cents since a high in December.Against the kiwi, the euro sank to a 20-month low around NZ$1.5190. A break ...
Australia shares end down, pare losses as bargain hunters emerge SYDNEY: Australian shares dropped slightly on Wednesday despite recouping some their morning losses as energy-related stocks continued to suffer on the back of sliding oil prices. Bargain hunters picked up banks and junior miners in afternoon session, helping to stabilise the market somewhat.Gold miners, healthcare stocks and property groups Westfield and Scentre were also in favor. The S&P/ASX 200 index dropped 0.2 percent or 11.2 points to 5,353.6 at the close of trade on Wednesday. ...
Australia shares slump 1.6pc as oil gloom triggers broad selloff SYDNEY: Australian shares closed down 1.6 percent on Tuesday on a broad-based sell-off that spared no sector after oil hit a fresh 5-1/2 year low and Wall Street stocks tumbled. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 85.53 points to 5,364.8 at the close of trade, recording its biggest drop in terms of percentage since Dec. 9. The benchmark rose 0.2 percent on Monday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.7 percent or 41.2 points to ...
Australia shares set for biggest drop in a month SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares fell 1.8 percent on Tuesday, following a global equities sell-off after oil hit 5-1/2 year lows, leading to a slump in energy- and mining-related stocks. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 98.1 points to 5,352.2 by 0117 GMT, recording its biggest fall in more than a month. The benchmark rose 0.2 percent on Monday. Investors ignored Australian trade balance data that showed a smaller-than-feared deficit of A$0.93 billion. "A number of issues worldwide ...
Australia shares edge higher as iron ore rebound stokes hopes SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose on Monday as a rebound in the iron ore spot price and China's return from holidays encouraged investors to buy across the board. A media report that mining giant Rio Tinto will embark on a $5 billion share buyback added to the upward momentum in thin trade during the Australian summer holiday season. "The volumes are very low, way below average, so any move is exaggerated, on the upside and the ...
Australia shares pop higher on miners, industrials SYDNEY: Australian shares gained 0.5 percent on Friday in the first trading day of 2015, buoyed by industrials and mining companies. The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 24.8 points higher at 5,435.9 in thin trade as many investors have yet to return from their New Year holidays.Weighed down by falling commodity prices, the benchmark rose a mere 1 percent in 2014 compared with the robust gains in the previous two years. New Zealand markets were closed ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.23 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 4,863.36 0.27
Arrow S&P 2,056.15 0.24
Arrow FTSE 6,895.33 1.37
Arrow DAX 11,843.66 0.18
Arrow CAC-40 5,006.35 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 19,471.12 1.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,497.08 0.13
Arrow Sensex 27,457.58 2.33

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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-999 mln
Exports $2.064 bln
Imports $3.063 bln
WeeklyMarch 13, 2015
Reserves $16.273 bln