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Australia shares edge higher on healthcare and bank stocks, China SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.3 percent on Thursday, led by strength in the financial and healthcare sectors, and after a preliminary survey showed China's manufacturing sector had its fastest expansion in seven months.The October flash PMI figure, the earliest reading of China's monthly economic performance, offers some positive news after disappointing export figures and September's manufacturing PMI, which had shown weak domestic demand.The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 16.8 points to 5,372.9, hovering at 5-year highs. The benchmark fell 0.3 percent in the last session, snapping a six-day winning streak as higher-than-expected inflation data reduced the odds of further interest rate cuts.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.9 percent to 4,834.9.Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...

Australia shares rise to new 5 year high, BHP cheered by strong SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.4 percent on Tuesday to a new five-year closing high, led by BHP Billiton on solid production results, while a rush of US data in coming days kept investors focused on the implications for the Federal Reserve's stimulus programme.BHP Billiton climbed 2.4 percent after it posted a 23 percent rise in quarterly iron ore output and raised its production forecast for the 2014 financial year.The S&P/ASX 200 index added 21.3 points ...
Aussie shares hit 5-yr high, dollar near 8-mth low TOKYO: Australian shares climbed to a five-year peak on Monday, taking cues from the US S&P 500's record high as investors bet the Federal Reserve will extend its cheap money policies into next year.The change in expectations followed a 16-day shutdown of the US government that could cloud the economic outlook and make the Fed wary to scale back its $85 billion a month bond-buying programme this year as many had expected. This kept the ...
Australia shares slip on worries about looming US debt deadline SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.4 percent on Monday, hurt by nervousness as a deadline neared for Washington politicians to strike a deal and avert a possible US debt default.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 23 points to 5,207.9. The benchmark rallied 1.6 percent on Friday, posting its biggest gain in three months. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index slipped 0.1 percent or 6.6 points to finish the session at 4,734.2. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
Australia shares fall for third consecutive session on Fed uncertainty SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.4 percent on Tuesday dragged down by bluechip stocks in a broad-based selloff as Wall Street declined overnight and investors continued to fret about when the US Federal Reserve will start tapering its stimulus.The Big Four banks were trading lower, with top lender the Commonwealth Bank of Australia fell 0.6 percent while Australia and New Zealand Banking Group lost 0.8 percent. Westpac Banking Corp slipped 0.4 percent.Bellwether miners BHP Billiton Ltd ...
Australia shares retreat but post sixth weekly gain SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.4 percent on Friday, retreating from a five-year high hit the previous day as markets took a breather following a rally on the back of the US Federal Reserve's decision to maintain its stimulus programme.The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 18.9 points on the day to close at 5,276.7, but finished 1 percent higher for the week, a sixth consecutive week of gains.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.5 percent or ...
US stocks mixed after lackluster retail sales report NEW YORK CITY: US stocks were mixed Friday morning after a lackluster August reports on retail sales.At 11 am (1500 GMT) the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 51.92 (0.34 percent) to 15,352.56.The broad-based S&P 500 gained 2.35 (0.14 percent) to 1,685.77, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite lost 5.68 (0.15 percent) at 3,710.29.US retail sales, a closely watched benchmark of economic health, rose just 0.2 percent in August, below the 0.4 percent expected by analysts.The ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyFebruary
Trade Balance $-1.433 bln
Exports $2.167 bln
Imports $3.600 bln
WeeklyApril 14, 2014
Reserves $9.713 bln