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Australia shares dip on US Ebola scare, Wotif soars SYDNEY: Australian shares lost 0.7 percent on Thursday, tracking Wall Street's drop after the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States rattled investors, although construction stocks capped losses and travel website Wotif soared.US stocks fell more than 1 percent overnight amid national concern over the possible spread of the deadly virus from West Africa, where 3,338 people have died in the worst Ebola outbreak on record.The resource sector slipped with iron ore miners dipping as iron ore for immediate delivery to China <.IO62-CNI=SI> rebounded 1 percent to steady at $78.30 a tonne, though still hovering at 5-year lows.BHP Billiton Ltd lost 1.6 percent to its lowest since July 2013 of A$33.44 while world no.4 iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group Ltd dipped 0.9 percent.Elsewhere, Holdings Ltd jumped 6.8 percent to one-month highs of A$3.30 after Australia's antitrust regulator cleared online travel giant Expedia Inc to buy the company."Online travel ...

Australia shares claw higher on &#39;Big Four&#39; banks, retail sales disappoint WELLINGTON: Australian shares added 0.2 percent on Wednesday as a claw back among banking stocks helped buoy the market, though sentiment was dampened as Wall Street fell overnight and retail sales data came in weaker than expected. The Australian Bureau of Statistics said retail sales in August edged 0.1 percent higher, below a forecasted rise of 0.4 percent. Stocks in the sector were hit on the news, with department store operator Myer Holdings Ltd dropping ...
Asia stocks unsettled by HK, sluggish China factories SYDNEY: Asian markets were in hesitant mood on Tuesday as investors wondered what China's response would be to civil unrest in Hong Kong, while the US dollar was on track to post its biggest monthly gain in well over a year. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, in one of the biggest political challenges to Beijing since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago.The unrest was an added complication ...
Australia shares flail in choppy trade, HK demonstrations eyed SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares added 0.1 percent in choppy trade on Tuesday, hovering at February lows as Wall Street closed lower overnight, while investors remained cautious on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Elsewhere, activity in China's factory sector showed signs of steadying with the final HSBC/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) hovering at 50.2 in September, but lower than a preliminary reading of 50.5. Iron ore for immediate delivery to China was steady at $78.60 ...
Australia shares fall to their lowest in over 7 months SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.93 percent on Monday to their lowest levels since February as a slump in iron ore prices continued to hamper miners, while investors were also wary of growing protests in Hong Kong.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 49.22 points to 5,264.20 at the close of trade. The benchmark lost 2.2 percent last week, its fifth consecutive week of losses and its longest losing streak since January.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose ...
Australia shares dip on weak iron ore prices; investors eye HK protests SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares shed 0.5 percent on Monday, led by blue chip stocks as a slump in iron ore prices continued to hamper miners and investors were wary of growing protests in Hong Kong.The top 20 stocks in the ASX 200 led the broad-based sell-off with top-tier banks Westpac Banking Corp down 0.3 percent, while Australia and New Zealand Banking Group fell 0.2 percent. ANZ said it has agreed to sell its 17.5 percent stake ...
Australian shares edge up as miners recover; China growth worries cap gains SYDNEY: Australian shares edged higher 0.1 percent on Thursday after a solid session on Wall Street prompted investors to pick up recently battered mining stocks, though worries of a slowing growth in China tempered gains. The S&P/ASX 200 index added 6.4 points to 5,382.2 at the close of trade. The benchmark lost 0.7 percent on Wednesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.4 percent, or 19.7 points, to finish the session at 5,277.9. Copyright ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,810.06 0.51
Arrow Nasdaq 4,712.97 0.24
Arrow S&P 2,063.50 0.52
Arrow FTSE 6,750.76 1.08
Arrow DAX 9,732.55 2.62
Arrow CAC-40 4,347.23 2.67
Arrow Nikkei 17,357.51 0.33
Arrow H.Seng 23,437.12 0.37
Arrow Sensex 28,334.63 0.95

Banking Review 2013

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