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Australia shares up 0.5pc; Qantas gains on cargo deal  MELBOURNE: Australian shares advanced 0.5 percent on Tuesday, with investors on tenterhooks ahead of a central bank rate decision and resources stocks helped by stronger-than-expected US manufacturing data.   The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 21.9 points to 4,410.5 at 0115 GMT. The benchmark ended flat on Monday.   The Reserve Bank of Australia reviews policy settings on Tuesday and while a majority of economists expect it will keep interest rates steady, some see a real chance of a quarter-point cut.   Interbank futures have narrowed the odds, factoring in around a 70 percent chance of a 25 basis point cut to 3.25 percent. Economists are less convinced, with 13 of 19 surveyed by Reuters forecasting the RBA will keep rates on hold.   "A rate cut today looks like a line-ball decision for the RBA," said CMC Markets analyst Ric Spooner.   Any cut would trigger a rally in stocks that would benefit from a weaker currency or improved domestic ...

Australia shares finish flat as China PMI weighs  SYDNEY: Australian shares finished flat on Monday, after data showing that while China's manufacturing sector had improved somewhat in September, it remained in contraction, heightening investors' worries about weak global economic growth. China's official factory purchasing managers' index improved to 49.8 in September from 49.2 in August, but stayed below the 50 line that points to contraction.   The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index inched up 1.6 points to 4,388.6, according to the latest data.   The benchmark picked up ...
Australia shares inch up; unable to get boost from China PMI  SYDNEY: Australian shares edged up 0.1 percent on Monday, unable to get much lift from data showing that China's manufacturing sector had improved somewhat in September but remained in contraction, underscoring worries about the global economy.   China's official factory purchasing managers' index improved to 49.8 in September from 49.2 in August, but stayed below the 50 line that points to contraction.   "I think people are looking to get some cyclical exposure today so I think there are ...
Australia shares end slightly higher; caution on China, Europe  CANBERRA: Australian shares picked up almost 0.1 percent on Friday, recouping earlier losses, as investors locked in gains in defensive stocks and turned to cyclical sectors while remaining cautious about China's growth-stimulating measures and Europe's ability to solve the debt crisis.   Index-heavy BHP Billiton edged up 0.1 percent to A$33.04, while major rival Rio Tinto lost 0.5 percent.   The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index added 3.7 points to 4,387.9, according to the latest data.   The benchmark posted a 7.1 ...
Australia shares nearly flat; China, Europe doubts weigh  CANBERRA: Australian shares were nearly flat in late morning trade on Friday, struggling to gain momentum as investors doubted if China's stimulus could boost commodities demand while the initial relief from Spain's budget announcement faded.   The market had initially taken heart from Spain's economic reform plans in the prior session but became disappointed by a lack of real structural reform when looking at the details of the plan, analysts said.   "They are starting to see that actually ...
Australia shares recoup losses after China funding, trade flat  SYDNEY: Australian shares recovered early losses to trade flat on Thursday as news China's central bank would inject 180 billion yuan into the money market bolstered investor sentiment shaken by Europe's apparent inability to manage its debt crisis.   The injection by China's central bank is the largest weekly injection since Reuters records began in 2006, putting 28.6 billion into money markets through 14- and 28-day reverse repurchase agreements.   This means it will inject a net 365 billion ...
Australia shares slip 0.3pc on weaker metal prices  CANBERRA: Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent on Wednesday, drifting down for three straight days, as investor sentiment swings between concerns over weak growth in major economies and hopes for monetary easing measures to jump-start the global economy.   A slowdown in China, Australia's top ore consumer, continue to weigh on mining stocks, as China steel futures fell on Wednesday for the first time in three sessions, putting more pressure on spot iron ore prices that may fall ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.434 bln
Exports $1.930 bln
Imports $3.364 bln
WeeklySeptember 18, 2014
Reserves $13.525 bln