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Australia shares flat, BHP slides after missing profit forecasts SYDNEY: Australian shares edged 0.1 percent higher on Wednesday morning, as a mixed bag of earnings kept buyers in check with top miner BHP Billiton Ltd sliding after its profits undershot forecasts, though a rebound in the banking sector helped support the market.Investors were also cautious ahead of the release of the US Federal Reserve's minutes of its July meeting as they look for clues on when Fed plans to trim its massive stimulus.BHP dropped 2.5 percent after it missed analysts' forecast in its full-year profit late on Tuesday and said it delayed production the $14 billion Canadian potash project.A few other companies reporting their earnings also got a negative response from investors.Australia's biggest oil and gas company Woodside Petroleum fell 2.4 percent after reporting a 1.5 percent fall in first-half net profit as lower prices and increased costs overrode record production. Building materials maker Boral Ltd fell 2.8 percent ...

Australia shares flat, strong defensives offset by ex-dividend trade SYDNEY: Australian shares traded flat on Monday after Wall Street fell and some blue chip stocks slipped as they entered ex-dividend trade, but a strong defensives sector helped offset losses.Telstra Corporation Ltd, Australia's top telecommunications provider, fell 3.2 percent while top lender Commonwealth Bank of Australia lost 2.9 percent as both stocks traded ex-dividend.The local index has bounced back from a year-to-date low of 4,632.3 points hit on June 25, but speculation about the timing ...
Australia shares flat, strong earnings tempered by Fed uncertainty SYDNEY: Australian shares were flat on Thursday morning as a rise in metals prices and better-than-expected earnings were tempered by uncertainty over when the Federal Reserve might start to trim its massive stimulus.Miners held the broad market together after copper rose and prices for iron ore - Australia's major export earner - hovered near five-month highs."The resource names are in for an interesting session, particularly with iron ore continuing to push higher and gold enjoying ...
Australia shares end volatile day flat, earnings buffet market SYDNEY: Australian shares finished a volatile session flat on Wednesday, as investors sought to lock-in gains after buying heavily in some of the big names recently, including Commonwealth Bank of Australia which posted a record annual profit.The S&P/ASX 200 index finished steady at 5,157.4 points. A handful of disappointing earnings shackled the market, with Leighton Holdings Ltd tumbling after its first half results showed weak cashflows.The benchmark rose 1 percent on Tuesday to notch 2-1/2 ...
Australia shares rise 1.1pc; materials, strong China market help SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 1.1 percent on Monday led by miners after a rise in metals prices helped lift the materials sector, while a surge in Chinese stocks to 3-1/2 week highs also buoyed the market.The S&P/ASX 200 index finished the session 53.5 points higher at 5,108.7. A handful of better-than-expected earnings provided the early boost to sentiment.The benchmark fell 1.2 percent last week, its biggest weekly drop in two months. New Zealand's benchmark NZX ...
Australia shares up on Telstra results, policy cues from jobs data SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.7 percent on Thursday morning, with phone giant Telstra Corp Ltd rising after reporting strong earnings, while buying picked up as an unexpected fall in employment appeared to bolster the case for another interest rate cut.Australia's July employment fell 10,200 against expectations for an increase of 5,000, while the jobless rate remained at 5.7 percent due to a falling participation rate.The data confirmed there was plenty of slack in the labour ...
Australia shares fall 1.3pc on weak US lead; banks, miners slump SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares skidded 1.3 percent on Wednesday, its biggest fall in five weeks, hit by sharp falls in miners and financials as regional markets tracked a soft Wall Street lead amid uncertainty about the US Federal Reserve's stimulus programmeBellwether miners BHP Billiton Ltd and Rio Tinto Ltd each lost 1.6 percent.Among smaller miners, Iluka Resources Ltd dropped 2.3 percent while Indochine Mining Ltd plunged 5.3 percent after the company completed its capital raising at ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln