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Australia, New Zealand shares edge lower SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares dipped on Wednesday, falling for the first time in three sessions as revived expectations of an U.S. interest rate hike weighed, though stronger commodities prices offset some of the losses.The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.1 percent or 7.74 points to 5,388.1 by 0230 GMT. The benchmark rose 0.69 percent on Tuesday."The market seems to be nervous about U.S. data holding up better than expected and two Fed speakers coming out and being hawkish for a rate hike in June," said Angus Nicholson, market analyst, IG Markets."That has sent some jitters through the market."Financial stocks weighed on the index, with shares in National Australia Bank Ltd and Macquarie Bank Ltd both falling more than 1 percent, while Commonwealth Bank of Australia edged down nearly 0.5 percent.Losses were curbed though by stronger commodity markets, which aided the country's miners and resource companies.Shares in BHP Billiton Ltd rose nearly 2 ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Australia shares gain, healthcare shines; NZ pauses near record high SYDNEY:- Australian shares rose 0.6 percent on Monday, helped by solid gains in healthcare stocks, while the New Zealand market held near recent record levels. The S&P/ASX 200 index ended up 29.91 points at 5,358.90.New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index dropped 0.03 percent or 2.44 points to finish at 6,914.13.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Bonds eclipse stocks as deflation darkens the air SYDNEY: Asian shares skidded on Wednesday as investors fretted about weak global growth and creeping deflation, undermining commodities and boosting demand for safe-haven sovereign debt. European stocks were expected to follow Asia lower, with futures on Britain's FTSE marked down 0.2 percent. Spreadbetters at IG expected Germany's DAX and France's CAC to open down by 0.1 to 0.2 percent. Disappointing manufacturing surveys from China and the UK combined with downgrades to growth and inflation forecasts ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Australia shares rise to highest in over 6 months; NZ climbs SYDNEY: Australian shares jumped more than 2 percent on Tuesday, to their highest in more than six months, as investors cheered a quarter-point rate cut by the central bank. ANZ Banking Group was the top performer on the index, up more than 5 percent, despite posting the steepest drop in cash earnings since 2008 as investors welcomed moves to focus on growth and protect capital.The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 110.83 points to 5,353.80 at the ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Australia, NZ shares slip after Westpac profit miss MELBOURNE: Australian and New Zealand shares fell on Monday, hurt by the big banks after a rise in bad debts marred no.3 lender Westpac Banking Corp's half-year results, but gains in Telstra and miners helped trim the market's losses. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index closed down 9.22 points, or 0.2 percent, at 5,243.00, after being more than 1 percent lower around midday.In New Zealand, where Westpac and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group were the worst ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Australia shares drop on broad-based losses, NZ also loses ground SYDNEY: Australian shares ended 0.7 percent lower on Friday led by an across-the-board selloff and as investors locked in profit from a recent bounce ahead of a long weekend. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 36.31 points to 5,236.4 at the close of trade. The benchmark, which rose the past three days, ended up 1.53 percent for the week. It rose 4.5 percent the previous week.New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index slipped 0.6 percent or 39.99 ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Australia shares surge on commodities bounce, NZ hits new high SYDNEY: Australian shares hit their highest close in three-and-a-half months on Thursday as surging prices for oil and iron ore lifted major mining and energy companies, while New Zealand shares edged up to a fresh record. The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 56.7 points, or 1.1 percent, to 5,272.7 at the close of trade, its third day of gains in a row.New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index added 4.8 points, or 0.1 percent, to finish the ...