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Australia shares close near 21 month high MELBOURNE: Australian shares rose 0.2 percent on Wednesday, enough to secure their highest close in almost 21 months as miner BHP Billiton Ltd gained after reporting a rise in quarterly iron ore production.   The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index rose 9 points to 4,787.8, its best since May 2, 2011.   "It was a solid if not spectacular day on the market which is a theme that seems to be re-occurring so far in 2013," said Tim Waterer, senior trader at CMC Markets.   BHP rose 1.3 percent to A$37.06 after it reported a 3 percent rise in iron ore production in the December quarter.   Rival Rio Tinto Ltd fell 0.7 percent to A$66.45.   "BHP results were warmly received by traders, however this was offset by Rio weakness and this seemed to constrain the local bourse from having a solid breakout above 4,800 today," Waterer said.   The market barely flinched as data showed Australian consumer price inflation was unexpectedly ...

Australia shares at highest close since May 2011 MELBOURNE: Australian shares rose 0.2 percent on Wednesday, enough to secure the highest close in almost 21 months as miner BHP Billiton gained after reporting a rise in quarterly iron ore production.   The market barely flinched as data showed Australian consumer price inflation was unexpectedly benign last quarter due to falls in food, electronics and drugs.   The local dollar eased slightly as the data slightly improved chances for an interest rate cut next month.   Australia's benchmark S&P/ASX 200 ...
Australia shares end flat after notching 20-month high SYDNEY: Australian shares ended a volatile trading day flat, retreating from a fresh 20-month high hit earlier on Tuesday with the Bank of Japan's asset buying plans to stimulate the economy failing to bolster investor confidence as they had been largely factored in.   "Right up until the Bank of Japan decision people were in a holding pattern," said Chris Weston, chief market strategist at IG Markets. "We traded in Australia above 4,800 and then there was ...
Australia shares end slightly higher at 20-month high SYDNEY: Australian shares inched up 0.1 percent to a 20-month high on Monday, helped by gains in the gold sector and in National Australia Bank Ltd, although the market remained quiet with Wall Street closed for a public holiday.   National Australia Bank climbed 1.9 percent to A$26.85, a three-month high, after a report that Spain's Banco Santander is considering a $3.2 billion bid for its British business.    In the gold sector, Newcrest Mining Ltd rallied 1.1 percent ...
Australia shares inch up, investors eye US earnings SYDNEY: Australian shares inched up 0.2 percent on Monday as investors turned their eyes toward the US corporate earnings season.   Banks were mixed. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia lead the gains, rising 0.4 percent while National Australia Bank, which has less weight in the index, was up 0.7 percent. Australia New Zealand Banking Group and Westpac Banking Corp fell 0.2 percent and 0.3 percent respectively.   Defensives finished the day mostly firmer. Telecommunications provider Telstra gained 0.2 percent ...
Australia shares rise 0.4 percent; miners and banks recover  SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.4 percent on Wednesday, breaking a three-day losing streak as top miners and major banks helped to offset declines in department stores and some gold miners.   The market stood its ground even as retail sales data showed a fall of 0.1 percent for November, missing forecasts for a rise..   The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was up 17.9 points at 4,708.1, according to the latest data. It fell 0.6 percent to 4,690.25 on Tuesday.   New Zealand's ...
Australia shares fall 0.6pc, miners and banks lag  SYDNEY: Australian shares ended 0.6 percent lower on Tuesday, losing steam as miners and banks retreated amid investor caution about a steep rise in iron ore prices, US corporate earnings and debt ceiling talks.   Top miner BHP Billiton Ltd eased 0.8 percent, while Rio Tinto Ltd fell 1.2 percent.   Australia's biggest lender Commonwealth Bank of Australia lost nearly 2.0 percent, stepping back from an all-time high hit in the previous session.   The S&P/ASX 200 index was down 27.1 ...

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,827.75 0.07
Arrow Nasdaq 4,787.32 0.61
Arrow S&P 2,072.83 0.28
Arrow FTSE 6,729.17 0.03
Arrow DAX 9,915.56 0.55
Arrow CAC-40 4,373.42 0.20
Arrow Nikkei 17,383.58 0.14
Arrow H.Seng 24,111.98 1.12
Arrow Sensex 28,386.19 0.17






Banking Review 2013


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlySeptember
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln