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Banks tug Australian shares lower after financial system report SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares reversed early gains to dip 0.1 percent on Tuesday as a financial system report dragged on banks to pull the market lower, offsetting Wall Street's moves higher overnight as the Dow Jones hit an intraday record. Banks floundered as a government-backed review of the Australian financial system said it had performed "reasonably well" in facilitating economic growth, but noted a number of challenges loomed including fiscal pressures, slowing productivity growth and technological change. Top bank by market capitalisation, Commonwealth Bank of Australia declined 0.6 percent, while Australia and New Zealand Banking Group lost 1 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 index slipped 8.6 points to 5,502.8 by 0208 GMT. "The market from a technical point of view is just range-bound and will continue to be range-bound for a little while longer," said Tim Radford, global investment manager at Rivkin Securities. "There's lack of fundamental catalysts to drive our equities ...

Australia shares rise 0.5pc in broad rally, gains seen limited SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose 0.5 percent on Monday, led by financial and consumer goods companies, but analysts said valuations are getting stretched and likely to keep further gains in check. After a promising start to the year, the market has lost momentum due to falling iron ore prices and a hit to consumer confidence from an unexpectedly austere federal budget. For the first-half, stocks rose just 1.9 percent. "Liquidity is still not as good as ...
Asian shares edge higher, oil nurses losses SYDNEY: Asian shares rose on Monday as euro zone banking jitters faded, but investors remained cautious ahead of corporate earnings and a raft of global economic events, including testimony from the head of the Federal Reserve. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.4 percent, with Seoul putting on 0.3 percent. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.4 percent after several sessions of losses. Singapore's main index went flat after the city-state reported a surprise ...
Australia shares lower for third session, blue-chips weigh SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 1.06 percent on Wednesday to lose further ground from this week's one-month high, with big-name stocks stumbling lower after a selloff on Wall Street overnight. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 58.44 points to 5,452.5 points by the close of trade, its third consecutive session of losses. The benchmark slipped 0.2 percent on Tuesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.84 percent, or 43.4 points, to finish the session at 5,122.7. ...
Australian shares down from 1-month highs, big-name stocks sell off SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares fell 0.9 percent on Wednesday to lose further ground from this week's one-month high, with big-name stocks stumbling lower after a sell-off on Wall Street overnight. Among blue-chip banking stocks, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group dropped 1.2 percent, while Westpac Banking Corp, Australia's second biggest bank by market value, dipped 0.8 percent. Elsewhere top-tier miner BHP Billiton Ltd lost 0.9 percent. Among the top 20 stocks on the ASX 200, Australia's ...
Asia stocks pause at 3 year peak, earnings test looms SYDNEY: Asian stocks tracked sideways on Tuesday as Wall Street turned cautious ahead of the corporate reporting season while earnings guidance from regional tech heavyweight Samsung came in well short of forecasts.Investors could also be forgiven for feeling a touch of altitude sickness after many indexes recently hit all-time or multi-year peaks.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was a fraction firmer at a three-year high of 502.11 but shied away from tough resistance ...
Australian shares slip 0.2pc, banks and resources stumble SYDNEY: Australian shares slipped 0.2 percent on Tuesday, dragged down by blue-chip financials as Wall Street fell overnight, while a drop in metal and oil prices also pressured resource sector stocks. The S&P/ASX 200 index dipped 8 points to 5,510.9 at the close of trade. The benchmark slipped 0.1 percent on Monday from one-month highs. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index declined 0.4 percent, or 20.3 points, to 5,166.1.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,098.45 0.11
Arrow Nasdaq 4,580.27 0.50
Arrow S&P 2,003.37 0.33
Arrow FTSE 6,825.31 0.08
Arrow DAX 9,479.03 0.09
Arrow CAC-40 4,379.73 0.03
Arrow Nikkei 15,476.60 0.34
Arrow H.Seng 24,752.09 0.04
Arrow Sensex 26,867.55 0.86

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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 28, 2014
Reserves $13.582 bln