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Banking stocks nudge Australia shares lower in quiet trade SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares declined 0.1 percent on Monday, slipping from one-month highs as banks nudged the market down in low volumes following Wall Street's close on Friday for a holiday. The 'Big Four' banks lost ground after healthy gains last week. Top lender Commonwealth Bank of Australia was down 0.4 percent and Westpac Banking Corp 0.3 percent. The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 3.1 points to 5,521.9 by 0206 GMT. The benchmark rose 0.6 percent on Friday and added 1.5 percent for the week, its biggest one-week gain since February. "There appears to be a bit of a momentum trade - we bounced off some technical levels last week and the market's just found reason to go on with the job," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at brokerage firm OptionsXpress, though adding that volumes were still very low. By 0203 GMT, 131.9 million shares were traded, compared to a daily ...

Australia shares slip, investors cautious amid backdrop of weak data SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares edged lower on Monday on weakness in banking and mining stocks, though activity was subdued with few catalysts to spur interest. With the backdrop of weak US economic data in recent days, and a subdued Wall Street on Friday, investors were cautious as they awaited a slew of global data this week, including purchasing managers' indices (PMIs) and US payrolls data. Copper slipped after hitting its highest in 3-1/2 months, spurred by ...
Australia shares slip but posts 0.5pc gain for week SYDNEY: Australian shares slipped 0.4 percent on Friday, as investors remained wary after US stocks dipped on worries that an interest rate hike could come sooner than expected, though gains in the defensive sector kept the market in check. The S&P/ASX 200 index lost 19.2 points to 5,445.1 at the close of trade after touching a 2-1/2-week high of 5,480.1 earlier in the session. The benchmark climbed 1.2 percent on Thursday, and added 0.5 percent ...
Australia shares seen ending 2014 at 6-1/2 year high SYDNEY: Australia's benchmark share index will end 2014 at a six-year high as a sustained pick-up in domestic housing, a falling Australian dollar and a return to global growth buoy appetites for local equities, a Reuters poll showed. The S&P/ASX 200 index is forecast to be 5,700 points, according to the median in a poll of 13 analysts taken in the past week. Such a level, not seen since mid-2008, would be a 5.5 percent ...
Australia shares jump 1.2pc, housing sector falls SYDNEY: Australian shares climbed 1.2 percent on Thursday after Wall Street rose overnight and metal prices ticked higher, though the housing sector fell as stocks traded ex-dividend. The S&P/ASX 200 index jumped 62.3 points to 5,464.3 at the close of trade. The benchmark slipped 0.6 percent on Wednesday, easing for a second day in a row. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index added 0.5 percent or 25.6 points to 5,130.2. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Asian shares up, bonds in demand amid hunt for returns SYDNEY: Asian shares swung higher on Thursday as weak US growth seemed to further delay the day when interest rates might rise, prompting investors to plow funds into riskier assets in a desperate search for returns. A shockingly poor reading on the US economy for the first quarter also pressured the dollar while giving a lift to most commodities and resource-related currencies.Globally, the longer term bond prices rose as investors sought out the back end ...
Australia shares slip to near 2-week low, miners falter SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares slipped to a near two-week low on Wednesday, with miners and banking stocks losing ground as a deepening crisis in Iraq checked risk appetite. The Mining sector was the biggest drag with BHP Billiton , Arium and Fortescue Metals Group falling more than 1 percent after Australia revised down its 2015 iron ore and metallurgical coal price forecasts.Losses on Wall Street overnight put a dampener on trading, as concerns about the violence ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,079.57 0.25
Arrow Nasdaq 4,557.70 0.26
Arrow S&P 1,996.74 0.17
Arrow FTSE 6,805.80 0.36
Arrow DAX 9,462.56 1.12
Arrow CAC-40 4,366.04 0.66
Arrow Nikkei 15,459.86 0.48
Arrow H.Seng 24,741.00 0.71
Arrow Sensex 26,638.11 0.29

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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