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Australia shares listless, await central bank policy meeting SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares were little changed on Tuesday in listless trading, lacking cues from US markets and awaiting the central bank's monthly policy meeting. Geopolitical tensions, slowing manufacturing in the euro zone and stagnating factory activity in several key countries weighed on sentiment. The Reserve Bank of Australia's meeting will draw interest with the focus on whether the central bank will retain its commitment to keep interest rates low for a while. The cash rate is expected to stay steady at 2.5 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 5.37 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,635.2 points by 0200 GMT. It was in negative tettitory until solid house-approvals data and better-than-expected balance of payments numbers. The benchmark was little changed on Monday, closing up 0.07 percent. "Our market lacks a bit of guidance because the US market wasn't open but people are concerned about the geopolitical issues out there," said Angus ...

Australia shares up as data points to no interest rate rise SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares posted modest gains on Monday, with financial and resources stocks pulling up the benchmark index as investors took a positive lead from Wall St and soft economic data fed expectations that interest rates will stay low indefinitely. As investors digested a mixed earnings season in the past two weeks, a gauge of Australian price pressures showed consumer price inflation at its lowest in seven months in August, adding to predictions of no ...
Australia shares close lower on miners, Qantas at June highs SYDNEY: Australian shares fell 0.5 percent on Thursday as persistent weakness in iron ore prices hit miners, though a jump in Qantas helped bolster investor sentiment. Australia's national carrier Qantas Airways Ltd soared 7 percent to A$1.385, its highest since early June.The S&P/ASX 200 index dipped 26.8 points to 5,624.4 at the close of trade.The index added 0.2 percent on Wednesday, closing at a six-year high. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index slipped 0.1 percent ...
Australia shares hit by blue-chips, Qantas soars as investors bet worst is over SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares fell 0.4 percent on Thursday morning as recent outperformers stepped back and as persistent weakness in iron ore prices hit miners. Qantas Airways Ltd, however, soared 7 percent to A$1.39, its highest since early June as investors looked past a record annual net loss after the carrier predicted blue skies ahead, and on expectations a foreign investor may step in to revive its struggling international arm.Among top 20 stocks on the ASX ...
NZ stock exchange operator to open new market WELLINGTON: New Zealand's stock exchange operator, NZX Ltd, is to set up a new market with easier disclosure and reporting rules aimed at small, fast-growing companies. NZX said on Thursday it expected the NXT market to start operating in the fourth quarter, subject to regulatory approval, and it would be aimed at small-to-mid sized businesses looking for capital."Currently it's time consuming for them to find capital, and can be a drain on their limited resources," ...
Australia shares close at 6-year highs, ex-dividend stocks cap SYDNEY: Australian shares added 0.2 percent to touch a fresh six-year closing high in choppy trade on Wednesday, with investor sentiment supported by strong earnings and a firmer Wall Street, but a handful of top-tier firms trading ex-dividend pared gains. The S&P/ASX 200 index added 13.6 points to 5,651.2 at the close of trade, a second session of gains. The benchmark edged 0.1 percent higher on Tuesday. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.9 ...
Australia shares edge higher on earnings, ex-dividend stocks cap SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares nudged up on Wednesday thanks to strong earnings and firmer Wall Street stocks, though gains were capped by a handful of top-tier firms trading ex-dividend. The market has been underpinned in recent weeks by a batch of healthy corporate results, which have helped take some of the sting out of geopolitical tensions. Boral Ltd jumped 4.5 percent to its highest since early May of A$5.63 after it said it swung to an ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyAugust
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln