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Australia shares end 10 session run of gains, await central bank meeting SYDNEY: Australian shares slipped 0.2 percent in subdued trade on Monday, ending 10 consecutive sessions of gains, as investors maintained their positions ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australia's monetary policy meeting on Tuesday.Defensives dragged on the market. Blood products maker CSL Ltd tumbled 1.4 percent while food retailers Woolworths Ltd and Wesfarmers Ltd fell 0.7 percent and 0.3 percent respectively.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 10.8 points to 5,106.2 by 0147 GMT, after total of 144 million shares had traded hands, The market traded at a daily average of 600 million shares last week.The benchmark climbed 1.1 percent to close at a 2-1/2 month high on Friday."We began July at around 4,700 points so we're 300 points higher, or 4 percent, we've already made a lot of gains," said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets."There's just no impetus today. The big fund managers who determine where the market ...

Australia shares inch up 0.2pc; banks slip on possible levy SYDNEY: Australian shares inched up 0.2 percent on Thursday after better-than-expected factory data from China helped offset a slide in bank shares triggered by a possible new levy on deposits.Big banks dropped more than 2 percent initially after media reported the Australian government was considering a levy on deposits to shore up its budget. Australia's Treasurer Chris Bowen confirmed later he was in discussion with banks about the levy.Top lender Commonwealth Bank of Australia ended ...
Australia shares reverse losses on RBA rates comments; end flat SYDNEY: Australian shares reversed early losses to finish flat on Tuesday after the central bank fuelled expectations of an interest rate cut, but investor caution before a US Federal Reserve policy meeting kept a lid on gains.The Reserve Bank of Australia's governor Glenn Stevens said inflation would be no bar to a cut in interest rates and the local currency could fall further.The S&P/ASX 200 index finished flat at 5,047.2. The benchmark had crept up ...
Australia shares post minute gain, CBA hits all-time closing high SYDNEY: Australian shares ended a volatile day's trade just 0.1 percent higher on Monday after strong leads from the financial sector were undermined by weakness in miners, with investors remaining cautious ahead of the US Federal Reserve's policy-setting meeting this week.Commonwealth Bank of Australia added 0.3 percent to an hit an all-time closing high of A$73.86The S&P/ASX 200 index added 4.3 points to 5,046.3 to hover at 2-month highs, and is up 5.1 percent so ...
Australia shares edge up, on track for weekly gain SYDNEY: Australian shares were slightly higher on Friday morning and on track for a weekly gain, with investors restrained by concerns about the slowing growth in China and ahead of the US Federal Reserve's policy-setting meeting next week.Westpac Banking Corp climbed 1.6 percent and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group rose 0.9 percent. But top lender Commonwealth Bank of Australia pulled back from early gains and lost 0.2 percent.The S&P/ASX 200 index added 5.7 points ...
Australia shares rise on Chinese demand but caution ahead of earnings SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.3 percent on Tuesday, buoyed by financial and mining stocks riding on healthy Chinese demand, though gains were restricted by investors' caution ahead of the reporting season.The S&P/ASX 200 index finished the session 15.2 points higher at 5,017.1. The benchmark rose 0.6 percent on Monday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.6 percent or 26.6 points to 4,580.6. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
TSX hits 1-1/2-month high as Bernanke reassures TORONTO: Canada's main stock index advanced on Thursday to its highest level in 1-1/2 months as investors were reassured by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments that the US central bank will adopt a flexible approach about its stimulus pullback.The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 60.08 points, or 0.48 percent, at 12,628.85. Five of the 10 main sectors on the index were higher.Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,596.35 1.95
Arrow Nasdaq 4,958.47 2.40
Arrow S&P 2,057.64 2.09
Arrow FTSE 6,620.48 1.97
Arrow DAX 11,083.20 3.56
Arrow CAC-40 4,869.82 3.74
Arrow Nikkei 20,109.95 2.88
Arrow H.Seng 25,966.98 2.61
Arrow Sensex 27,645.15 0.60

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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.894 bln
Exports $1.953 bln
Imports $3.847 bln
WeeklyJune 25, 2015
Reserves $17.457 bln