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Australia shares rise on expectations for a rate cut on Tuesday SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose on Thursday as investors shrugged off a fall on from Wall Street and bought bank stocks amid growing expectations of a rate cut within days.The Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to announce its second rate cut of 2015 when it meets on Tuesday, the next trading day after markets close for the Easter weekend. A cut would encourage more people to get loans."The market is pricing in an expectation of a 70 percent chance of a rate cut next week, and that is why a lot of people are repositioning themselves in the banks," said IG Markets strategist Evan Lucas.By 0132 GMT, the S&P/ASX 200 index was up 45.0 points or 0.8 percent at 5905.5, reversing the previous day's fall. That compared to a weaker close on Wall Street, where investors braced for disappointing jobs data to be released on Friday.Banks led the gains, with ...

Australia shares slump on falling metals, oil prices SYDNEY: Australian shares fell sharply on Monday as resources stocks followed oil and metals prices lower, while Caltex Australia's stock slumped as U.S. energy giant Chevron Corp sold its entire stake at a discounted price.Chevron's $3.7 billion sale of its half stake in the fuel firm was Australia's biggest block trade ever.The S&P/ASX 200 index ended down 1.25 percent or 73.8 points at 5846.1, its lowest close since March 18.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index ...
Australia shares tumble as commodities decline weighs on resources SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares fell sharply on Monday as resources stocks followed oil and metals prices lower, while investors failed to take inspiration from late Wall St gains on Friday.United States energy giant Chevron Corp's $3.7 billion sale of its half stake in fuel firm Caltex Australia , Australia's biggest block trade ever, also pushed the benchmark lower in line with the stock's discounted sale price.Caltex fell 10 percent to A$34.22 after Chevron swiftly unloaded its ...
Australia shares subdued; NZ's Fonterra pressured SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian stocks struggled for direction on Wednesday with the benchmark index still looking for an excuse to push through the 6,000 level that will mark its highest in seven years.Keeping the overall market afloat were bank stocks, which returned to favour following a day of consolidation. Two of the big four banks hit fresh all-time highs. ANZ rose to A$37.08, while Westpac Bank topped out at A$39.89.The S&P/ASX 200 index was a mere 0.06 ...
Australia shares end 0.2pc up on commodity rally SYDNEY: Australian shares ended 0.2 percent higher on Tuesday led by gains in resources and energy-related stocks in line with firmer commodity prices.The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 12.96 points to 5,969.1 at the close of trade. It remained tantalisingly close to the 6,000-mark, which has proved to be a formidable barrier so far. Two attempts to break above that level this month ended in failure as profit-takers were quick to emerge.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 ...
Australia shares post biggest rally in 5 weeks on Fed outlook SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose the most in five weeks on Thursday after the Federal Reserve suggested it may raise US rates later than previously thought while energy stocks followed the surging oil price higher.The Fed downgraded its economic growth and inflation projections for the US, triggering a relief rally on Wall St as investors bet that any rate hike will be later rather than sooner."Everyone feels the Fed's not quite as aggressive and will be ...
Australian shares set to dip on weaker oil, NAB woes SYDNEY: Australian shares are set to open lower on Monday, with top stock BHP Billiton and the energy sector under pressure from weaker oil prices, and National Australia Bank weighed down by uncertainty over the outlook for its UK assets.Local share price index futures fell 0.2 percent to 5,801.0 to sit at a 13.5-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark fell 0.7 percent last Friday.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index gained ...


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Arrow DJIA 17,813.39 0.01
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Arrow Nikkei 19,944.41 0.49
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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.197 bln
Exports $1.729 bln
Imports $3.926 bln
WeeklyNovember 23, 2015
Reserves $19.713 bln