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Australia shares buoyed by strong earnings; Telstra, Fairfax shine SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares added 0.6 percent on Thursday, underpinned by a firmer finish on Wall Street, better-than-expected earnings for Australia's largest telecommunications provider Telstra, and a return to profit for media group Fairfax.Telstra Corporation Ltd climbed 1.9 percent to A$5.54, its highest since March 2002, after its full-year earnings came in above forecasts, with the company saying it would buy back A$1 billion in shares while also hiking its dividend.Telstra's surge supported other stocks in the telecommunications sector, with TPG Telecom Ltd gaining 2.3 percent.The S&P/ASX 200 index added 31.3 points to 5,546.0 by 0206 GMT. The benchmark dipped 0.3 percent on Wednesday. U.S. stocks ended higher overnight, with the Dow Jones industrial average returning to positive territory for the year.The Australian benchmark hit a six-year high of 5,644.2 points on July 31 but fell to a trough of 5,425.2 on August 8 on geopolitical concerns in Ukraine and Gaza, ...

Australia shares rise on easing Ukraine tensions, business confidence SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares climbed 0.9 percent on Tuesday to follow Wall Street higher, with gains across most sectors as investors bought equities as geopolitical tensions in Ukraine eased and local business confidence improved. US stocks ended higher on Monday, extending the rally from Friday as investors hoped that Russia's move to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine would ease tensions between the two countries. Among banks, Westpac Banking Corp climbed 1.2 percent, National Australia Bank added ...
Australia shares on track to end six-day losing streak, JB slumps SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares, which have fallen the past six sessions, added 0.6 percent early on Monday, raising hopes the longest losing streak since December can end, thanks to a jump on Wall Street and easing tensions in Ukraine. The S&P and Dow on Friday both posted their best day since March, with the market buoyed by news that Russia was ending military drills near the Ukrainian border, while investors overlooked US air strikes in Iraq. ...
Australia shares snap six sessions of losses, end 0.4pc higher SYDNEY: Australian shares rose 0.4 percent on Monday, snapping a six-session losing streak, with investor sentiment underpinned by a jump on Wall Street and easing tensions in Ukraine. The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 21.7 points to 5,457.0 at the close of trade. The benchmark lost 2.2 percent last week, its biggest weekly loss since mid-March. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index was down 0.1 percent or 5.6 points to 5,049.6. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Australia shares flat as employment takes a hit, gold stocks support SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares traded flat on Thursday, as an extremely weak employment report hit the confidence of investors already cautious over increasing tensions in Ukraine, though a gain in bullion prices buoyed some resource stocks. Australian employment was unexpectedly feeble in July as the jobless rate jumped to its highest in almost 12 years at 6.4 percent, a disappointing report that could revive speculation about another cut in interest rates. "In terms of jobs growth, ...
Asia shares worn away by Wall St, oil near 9 month low SYDNEY: Asian stocks fell broadly on Wednesday while the US dollar held firm after a slump on Wall Street and tensions over Ukraine smothered markets with a mood of risk aversion. Geopolitical concerns overshadowed upbeat US economic data which included a spike in service-sector activity to a nine-year peak and a surprisingly large increase in factory orders. Yet there was potentially positive news for the global economic outlook as oil prices continued their slide, with ...
Asia shares worn down by Wall St, oil near 9 month low SYDNEY: Asian stocks slipped on Wednesday while the US dollar held firm after a slump on Wall Street and tensions over Ukraine instilled a mood of risk aversion across markets. Geopolitical concerns overshadowed upbeat US economic data which included a spike in service-sector activity to a nine-year peak and a surprisingly large increase in factory orders. Yet there was potentially positive news for the global economic outlook as oil prices continued their slide, with Brent ...

 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,042.90 0.17
Arrow Nasdaq 4,493.39 0.28
Arrow S&P 1,972.29 0.28
Arrow FTSE 6,622.72 0.36
Arrow DAX 9,474.30 0.55
Arrow CAC-40 4,416.24 1.33
Arrow Nikkei 16,173.52 0.84
Arrow H.Seng 22,932.98 1.28
Arrow Sensex 26,630.51 0.13





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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
WeeklySeptember 25, 2014
Reserves $13.305 bln