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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 while Regis Resources Ltd gained 1.8 percent.   The S&P/ASX 200 index finished the day 6.3 points higher at 4,777.5, according to latest data. The index ended 1.3 percent higher last week, the biggest weekly gain in seven weeks.   New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.5 percent, or 21 points to 4,185.2. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...

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 ...
Australia shares seen supported by iron ore prices  SYDNEY: Australian shares may find it hard to revisit their 19-month highs on Tuesday after global share markets eased, but miners are likely to be supported by firmer iron ore prices and signs of improved growth in China.   * Local share price index futures inched up 0.1 percent, or 5 points to 4,697.0, a 20.3-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark slipped 0.1 percent to 4,717.3 on Monday.   * New Zealand's benchmark NZX ...
Australia shares consolidate gains, NZ shares close at 5-year high  SYDNEY: Australian shares slipped 0.1 percent on Monday, paring early gains to trade flat as investors consolidated a recent rally on US data showing a steady pace of jobs growth and brisk expansion in the services sector.   Major banks ended the day moderately higher with Australia New Zealand Banking Group Ltd leading gains, up 0.6 percent. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia bucked the trend, dropping 1 percent after hitting an all-time high of A$63.70 during morning ...
Australia shares at highest level since May 2011  MELBOURNE: Australian shares rose 0.7 percent to reach their highest close in more than 19 months on Thursday as investors snapped up exporters such as miners on encouraging news from the world's two biggest economies.   Data showing growth in China's services sector accelerated at its fastest pace in four months reinforced the spike in world stocks and commodity prices which followed news that the US avoided a "fiscal cliff" budget crunch..   Miners gained, with iron ore producer ...

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,685.73 0.01
Arrow Nasdaq 4,675.71 0.57
Arrow S&P 2,048.72 0.15
Arrow FTSE 6,696.60 1.19
Arrow DAX 9,472.80 0.17
Arrow CAC-40 4,266.19 0.09
Arrow Nikkei 17,288.75 0.32
Arrow H.Seng 23,373.31 0.66
Arrow Sensex 28,032.85 0.46






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