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Australia shares set for a firm start on Wall Street SYDNEY: Australian shares are poised for a firm start on Tuesday, tracking Wall Street, which edged higher on strong corporate earnings.Local share price index futures rose 0.3 percent to 5,320 to sit at a 1-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index. The benchmark rose 0.9 percent on Monday.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.2 percent in early trade.US stocks rose on Monday, supported by strong corporate earnings, even as disappointing results from IBM capped gains in the Dow industrials.Copper fell on Monday to levels near a six-month low touched in the previous session, weighed down by uncertainty over China's economic growth, while nickel sank to the lowest level in seven months.American Patriot strikes oil with first well Newcrest Mining Ltd says full-year guidance remains unchanged. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Australia & NZ shares jump 1 pct, M&A activity, solid US data help SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian and New Zealand shares rose around 1 percent on Monday, buoyed by takeover activity and improved sentiment after a solid round of US data and earnings calmed investor nerves over signs of weakening global growth. In Australia, financial stocks and diversified metals and mining firms underpinned the market.The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 51.6 points to a three-week peak of 5,325.8 by 0117 GMT, adding to a 0.4 percent gain on Friday. Wall Street ...
Australia shares climb, on track for hefty weekly gain SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares climbed 0.8 percent on Friday, underpinned by financials after encouraging US economic data soothed global growth worries, putting the index on track for the largest weekly gains in two months.The S&P/ASX 200 index leapt 40.4 points to 5,295.3 by 01:48 GMT. The benchmark ended 0.2 percent higher on Thursday and looks set to show a 2 percent gain for the week."It is the first week of improvement in eight weeks, but the ...
Australia shares rebound as investors chase banks, but resources slump SYDNEY: Australian shares rebounded from a steep loss to finish 0.2 percent higher on Thursday as investors bought into recently battered financial stocks, though global growth concerns dented the resources sector and tempered gains. The S&P/ASX 200 index added 9.3 points to 5,254.9 at the close of trade after hitting a session low of 5,162.4. The benchmark rose 0.7 percent on Wednesday.Iron ore producer Fortescue Metals Group Ltd tumbled 6 percent after saying its average ...
Australia shares lose 1pc on global growth fears, gold ticks higher SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares slid 1.1 percent on Thursday after US stocks lost ground as investors continued to fret about global growth, though a recovery among gold producers prevented steeper losses.Among the worst performing sectors were basic materials and industrials, which fell 2.3 percent and 1.5 percent each. Among miners, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd tumbled 4.7 percent, BHP Billiton Ltd declined 2.3 percent, and Rio Tinto Ltd dropped 2 percent. Australia's flagship airliner Qantas Airways Ltd ...
Australia shares buoyed by consumer sentiment, energy stocks weigh SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose 0.3 percent on Tuesday, underpinned by stronger consumer sentiment and tracking Wall Street higher, but weak energy shares tempered broader gains.Investors bought into battered mining and financial stocks.Three of the 'Big Four' banks gained, with Westpac Banking Corp adding 0.4 percent and Commonwealth Bank of Australia up 1.1 percent. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group bucked the trend, shedding 0.1 percent.A measure of Australian consumer sentiment rose in October, steadying from ...
Australia shares rebound on resources sector as iron ore posts modest rise SYDNEY: Australian shares recovered 0.7 percent on Tuesday, underpinned by a recovery in the resources sector as iron ore, copper and other base metals clawed higher, though a dip in a business survey kept some investors wary.The resource sector rallied 2.2 percent as it posted a recovery after being routed since early September by a slump in iron ore prices.Iron ore for immediate delivery to China <.IO62-CNI=SI> rose 4 percent to $83.10 a tonne.BHP Billiton ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln