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Australia shares fall for 5th session as oil slumps SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares slipped 1 percent on Monday, led by resources and financials, as oil prices fell to fresh five-year lows. Also undermining sentiment was a hostage siege in the heart of Sydney, where dozens of people were believed to be trapped inside a cafe, raising fears of an attack by Islamic militants. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 49.9 points to 5,169.60 by 01:20 GMT, its fifth straight session of losses, pulling closer to a two-month low of 5,122. A break under that could see a test of this year's trough of 5,052.2. Miners continued to spiral downwards as prices for iron ore, Australia's biggest export earner, were near five-year lows. Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton shed around 2 percent.Qantas tumbled more than 6 percent to A$2.255, even though oil prices touched a fresh five-year lows. Leanne Jones, an analyst at Bell Direct, said investors booked profits following recent hefty ...

Australia shares post worst weekly fall in 3 weeks SYDNEY: Australian shares closed down 0.2 percent on Friday, their fourth consecutive fall, as miners were hit again with iron ore falling to its weakest level in more than five years. Financial stocks also took a beating after Australia's central bank governor sounded reluctant to ease any time soon, dealing a blow to investors who have priced in a one-in-three chance of a quarter-point easing as early as February, when the RBA holds its next ...
Australia shares trim early rout as jobs data offsets weak oil SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares pared heavy early-session losses to be down less than half a percentage point as investors looked past a plunging oil price and focused instead on better-than-expected local jobs data. The equity market fell as much as 1.3 percent in early trading after the oil price slid to a five-year low on news that Saudi Arabia vowed to maintain its production even though OPEC slashed its 2015 forecast. Oil stocks fell the most. ...
Australia shares slip on concern over Greece, China and commodities SYDNEY: Australian shares fell on Wednesday as banks led most sectors lower on concerns about political stability in Greece, sluggish Chinese economic growth and weak commodities prices. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.45 percent or 23.67 points to close at 5259.00, extending the previous day's losses. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.35 percent or 19.36 points to finish the session at 5523.58. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Australia shares set to open lower SYDNEY: Australian shares are set to open lower on Tuesday under pressure from a weaker Wall Street, which closed lower on concerns over global economic growth.Resources and energy stocks are likely to weigh after metals and oil prices fell overnight.Local share price index futures fell 0.6 percent to 5,356 to sit at a 15.3-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index. The benchmark index rose 0.7 percent on Monday to hit a one-week high.New Zealand's ...
Australia shares hit one-week high as Qantas takes off, banks gain SYDNEY: Australian shares rose to a one-week closing high on Monday with Qantas the star performer after the airline cheered investors with a faster-than-anticipated recovery from last year's record loss. The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 0.7 percent, or 37.4 points, to 5,372.7, reversing all of Friday's 0.6 percent decline. Qantas shares jumped 13.8 percent to A$2.39 - its highest close since February 2011. Also in favour, the big four local banks notched up solid gains. ...
Australia shares ease amid mining, energy sell off SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.6 percent on Friday, weighed by losses in mining and energy firms with investors nervous ahead of a key US jobs report that could trigger sharp moves.The S&P/ASX 200 index shed 33.5 points to 5,335.3 at the close of trade, but was still up 0.4 percent for the week.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index ended the session unchanged at 5,521.9 to show a jump of nearly 2 percent so far this ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,191.37 1.13
Arrow Nasdaq 4,638.00 0.93
Arrow S&P 2,002.16 1.35
Arrow FTSE 6,825.94 0.21
Arrow DAX 10,710.97 0.78
Arrow CAC-40 4,610.94 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 17,795.73 0.15
Arrow H.Seng 24,861.81 0.22
Arrow Sensex 29,559.18 0.04

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln