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Australia shares slip on banks, investors eye China trade data SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares dropped 0.5 percent on Monday to their lowest point since early February, squeezed by uncertainty over the outlook for banks as investors exercised caution ahead of key trade data from China, Australia's largest export market. The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 28.5 points to 5,159.8 by 0111 GMT, recovering from session lows of 5,122.0. The benchmark lost 2.1 percent on Friday. Ahead of numbers on China's September trade balance, banks led the way down, with analysts at Macquarie Bank saying the outlook has become less certain as investors consider the impact of interest rate increases in the United States.Commonwealth Bank of Australia lost 0.9 percent, while Westpac Banking Corp declined 0.8 percent. Broader industry concerns persist. The country's 'Big Four' banks lost an average of 7.7 percent each in September, compared to a broader market loss of 5.9 percent, on speculation that an independent inquiry, due in November, ...

Stocks, oil skid on growth anxiety, China data little help SYDNEY: Asian stocks stumbled to seven-month lows on Monday, while crude oil prices were pinned near a four-year trough as promising trade numbers out of China failed to cheer a market still worried about faltering global growth. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.8 percent, extending last week's 1.1 percent drop.Mainland Chinese stocks skidded 1.1 percent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.7 percent. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index and South Korea's KOSPI ...
Australia shares jump 1pc supported by banks, Wall St SYDNEY: Australian shares climbed 1.1 percent on Thursday, underpinned by financials and rebounding from 8-month lows in the previous session after the US Federal Reserve indicated it would not raise rates for a "considerable time".The S&P/ASX 200 index added 55.4 points to 5,296.7 at the close of trade, its biggest one-day percentage gain since Aug. 12. The benchmark, which snapped three sessions of losses, fell 0.8 percent on Wednesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index ...
Australia shares slip, hover at 8 month lows on global growth worries SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares slipped 0.8 percent on Wednesday, hovering near 8-month lows as heightened global growth concerns prompted investors to seek shelter in safe-haven assets like government debt. Growth sensitive sectors such as basic materials and consumer cyclicals were the hardest hit, shedding more than 1 percent each. Losses were broad-based, with Challenger Ltd and Fairfax Media Ltd each down around 4 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 40 points to 5,244.1 by 0140 GMT ...
Asia shares skid, bonds benefit on global growth worries SYDNEY: Asian stocks fell on Wednesday as worries about waning global growth lifted safe-haven bonds and the yen, while shoving oil prices to their lowest in more than two years. Government bonds were in big demand as investors wagered global inflation would continue to slow and even put off the day when US interest rates might rise.Minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting are due later in the session and markets will be acutely ...
Australia shares close at February lows after IMF cuts growth forecasts SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.8 percent on Wednesday to close at February lows after the International Monetary Fund cut its global economic growth forecasts, prompting investors to seek shelter in safe-haven assets. The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 42.9 points to 5,241.3 at the close of trade. The benchmark finished 0.2 percent lower on Tuesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.2 percent or 10.2 points to 5,245.9. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Asia shares stumble, oil skids to 27 month lows SYDNEY: Asian share markets were mostly in the red on Wednesday as worries about waning global growth lifted safe-haven bonds, while shoving oil prices to their lowest in more than two years. Extending a three-month-long decline, Brent oil sank $1.18 to $90.93 a barrel while US crude tumbled $1.07 to $87.78. The protracted slide should be a windfall for consumer spending power, but is also a powerful force for disinflation in much of the developed ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,814.94 0.02
Arrow Nasdaq 4,758.25 0.07
Arrow S&P 2,067.03 0.12
Arrow FTSE 6,731.14 0.02
Arrow DAX 9,861.21 0.77
Arrow CAC-40 4,382.31 0.32
Arrow Nikkei 17,407.62 0.29
Arrow H.Seng 23,843.91 0.21
Arrow Sensex 28,338.05 0.57

Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln