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Australia shares edge higher as banks buoy, takeover target Aquila rises SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares inched up on Wednesday, as gains for banking stocks slightly outweighed dips for mining and defensive sectors as Wall Street's flat finish limited leads.The S&P/ASX 200 index added 5.7 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,469.7 by 0225 GMT.The benchmark edged 0.1 percent higher on Monday. A measure of Australian consumer sentiment steadied in June as the shock from May's unpopular federal budget began to fade and worries about family finances and the near-term economic outlook eased a little. Westpac Banking Corp added 0.3 percent, as did Australia and New Zealand Banking Group. Shares in takeover target Aquila Resources Ltd rose 2.7 percent to A$3.61, their highest since May 2012, after a block trade of shares went through at a price 10 percent higher than Chinese state-owned Baosteel Resources has offered for the company. Copper dropped to a one-month low on Tuesday as an investigation into metal financing ...

Australia shares end tad higher, retailers sink on profit downgrades SYDNEY: Australian shares edged 0.1 percent higher on Monday, underpinned by blue-chips as Wall Street extended its run of record highs, though a slew of profit downgrades from retailers restrained buyers. The S&P/ASX 200 index added 5.7 points to 5,469.7 at the close of trade, pulling back from session highs. The benchmark rose 0.5 percent on Friday, but dipped 0.5 percent for the week. Australian markets were closed on Monday for the Queen's Birthday holiday. ...
Australia shares edge higher on Wall St, retailers hit by downgrades SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares inched 0.3 percent higher on Monday, underpinned by blue-chips as Wall Street extended its run of record highs, though a slew of profit downgrades from retailers restrained buyers. All 'Big Four' banks rose, with Commonwealth Bank of Australia adding 0.7 percent and Westpac Banking Corp climbing 0.6 percent. Despite a recent pull back in banking stocks following a record-run, the high-yielding sector continues to attract investors. Furthermore, analysts at Macquarie Bank said ...
Australia shares close higher but dip for the week, US payrolls eyed SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.5 percent on Friday as riskier assets globally were boosted by the European Central Bank's latest stimulus steps to fight off the risk of deflation. The S&P/ASX 200 index advanced 27.1 points to end at 5,464, snapping consecutive three sessions of losses. But gains were capped by caution ahead of key US non-farm payrolls data due later in the day. The benchmark index dipped 0.5 percent for the week.Australian markets will ...
Australia shares fall to 2-week lows, investors eye ECB SYDNEY: Australian shares lost 0.2 percent on Thursday, as bluechip banks dragged on the index in a session characterised by caution ahead of expected easing steps from the European Central Bank.Shares in in Australian media monitoring company iSentia Group Ltd jumped 19 percent to A$2.43 on their market debut. The S&P/ASX 200 index slipped 7.9 points to 5,436.9 at the close of trade, to its lowest point in two weeks. The benchmark fell 0.6 percent ...
China data disappoints, euro hostage to ECB ability to surprise SYDNEY: Asian share markets grudgingly gave ground on Thursday while the euro flatlined at $1.3600, hostage to great expectations that the European Central Bank will finally end months of dithering by easing policy further.Not helping was a drop in HSBC/Markit's measure of the China service sector to 50.7 in May from April's 51.4, though that was still above the 50-point level that is supposed to separate growth from contraction. The findings buck the trend seen ...
Australia shares slip as banks trade ex-dividend, investors await ECB SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares eased to two-week lows on Thursday morning, as blue-chip banks dragged on the index in a session characterised by caution ahead of expected easing steps from the European Central Bank later in the global day.A drop in HSBC/Markit's measure of the China service sector to 50.7 in May from April's 51.4 also checked risk appetite, although other recent data showed Asia's economic powerhouse may be starting to stabilise after a worrying loss ...

 



 
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Annual2012/13
Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
MonthlyMay
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln