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Australia shares set to fall for 6th straight session SYDNEY: Australian shares will likely fall for a sixth straight session on Tuesday, tracking weakness in Wall Street and plummeting oil prices.The local share price index futures tumbled 0.6 percent overnight to 5,145, a 41.08-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index. The benchmark eased 0.6 percent on Monday to near two-month lows.New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.18 percent in early trade.Outdoor clothing company SurfStitch debuts on the Australian Securities Exchange after raising A$93 million in an initial public offering.Reserve Bank of Australia Assistant governor Guy Debelle is was to speak at a conference in Sydney at 0015 GMT, and the RBA was to release minutes of its policy meeting at 0030 GMT.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Australia shares dip 0.6pc on oil woes & hostage incident SYDNEY: Australian shares fell for a fifth straight session on Monday following a slide in oil prices, while deteriorating government finances and a hostage incident in Sydney further undermined sentiment. The S&P/ASX 200 index eased 33.4 points, or 0.6 percent, to 5,186.1 at the close of trade, pulling closer to a two-month low of 5,122. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.3 percent or 15.8 points to finish the session at 5,499. Copyright Reuters, ...
Australia shares fall for 5th session as oil slumps SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares slipped 1 percent on Monday, led by resources and financials, as oil prices fell to fresh five-year lows. Also undermining sentiment was a hostage siege in the heart of Sydney, where dozens of people were believed to be trapped inside a cafe, raising fears of an attack by Islamic militants. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 49.9 points to 5,169.60 by 01:20 GMT, its fifth straight session of losses, pulling closer to a ...
Australia shares post worst weekly fall in 3 weeks SYDNEY: Australian shares closed down 0.2 percent on Friday, their fourth consecutive fall, as miners were hit again with iron ore falling to its weakest level in more than five years. Financial stocks also took a beating after Australia's central bank governor sounded reluctant to ease any time soon, dealing a blow to investors who have priced in a one-in-three chance of a quarter-point easing as early as February, when the RBA holds its next ...
Australia shares trim early rout as jobs data offsets weak oil SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares pared heavy early-session losses to be down less than half a percentage point as investors looked past a plunging oil price and focused instead on better-than-expected local jobs data. The equity market fell as much as 1.3 percent in early trading after the oil price slid to a five-year low on news that Saudi Arabia vowed to maintain its production even though OPEC slashed its 2015 forecast. Oil stocks fell the most. ...
Australia shares slip on concern over Greece, China and commodities SYDNEY: Australian shares fell on Wednesday as banks led most sectors lower on concerns about political stability in Greece, sluggish Chinese economic growth and weak commodities prices. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.45 percent or 23.67 points to close at 5259.00, extending the previous day's losses. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.35 percent or 19.36 points to finish the session at 5523.58. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Australia shares set to open lower SYDNEY: Australian shares are set to open lower on Tuesday under pressure from a weaker Wall Street, which closed lower on concerns over global economic growth.Resources and energy stocks are likely to weigh after metals and oil prices fell overnight.Local share price index futures fell 0.6 percent to 5,356 to sit at a 15.3-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index. The benchmark index rose 0.7 percent on Monday to hit a one-week high.New Zealand's ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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