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Australian shares expected to edge down, NZ higher in early trade SYDNEY: Australian shares are seen slightly lower at Wednesday's open, weighed down by falls on Wall Street.Company results, and the release of wages data at 11:30 a.m., will drive sentiment through the day.The local share price index futures fell 0.1 percent to 5,482 points, a 50-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark fell 7.96 points, or 0.14 percent, on Tuesday.New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index rose 43 points, or 0.6 percent in early trade, reaching 7,353.78 points. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Australia shares close weaker as financials offset resources gains SYDNEY: Gains in Australian energy and natural resources shares were offset by weakness in financials and discretionary stocks on Tuesday. The S&P/ASX 200 index dipped 0.14 percent, or 7.96 points, to 5,532.0 at the close of trade, but remained near the peak of 5,611.2 it touched earlier this month.It has gained 4.5 percent so far this year, largely due to falling interest rates and migration from low-return bank deposits.New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index took ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Australia shares at near 1-week low as banks slip; NZ shares steady MELBOURNE: Australian shares fell 0.6 percent on Thursday as negative market sentiment towards the country's financial sector dragged the index to a six-day low.The losses were further fuelled after Australia's No.3 lender Westpac Banking Corp said on Thursday it expects to see higher defaults in the third quarter.The S&P/ASX 200 index ended down at 5,508, after it hit 5483.7 points, the weakest since August 5.New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index was little changed, ending up ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Australia shares set to open slightly higher, NZ flat MELBOURNE: Australian shares are poised to open a touch higher on Tuesday, buoyed by iron ore, metals and oil prices, with results from no.4 lender ANZ and hearing implant maker Cochlear potentially lending support.Local share price index futures rose 0.2 percent to 5,494.0, but that was a 43.8-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark climbed 0.7 percent on Monday.New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index slipped 1.5 points to 7,346.8 in early ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Australia, New Zealand shares rally with banks leading gains SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rallied on Monday, tracking Wall Street's positive lead with banks, miners and energy companies leading gains, while New Zealand stocks were near last week's record high.The S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 0.9 percent, or 49.29 points, to 5,546.7 by 0252 GMT, not far from its highest since August 2015.The benchmark fell 1.2 percent last week, after three consecutive weeks of gains. The index is up nearly 4 percent this year.Financial shares bounced following ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Australian and New Zealand shares follow Wall Street higher SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: Australian shares rose on Thursday, taking a lead from Wall Street and defying weaker-than-expected retail sales numbers, while New Zealand shares edged higher.The S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.4 percent, or 22 points, to 5,487.2 by 0316 GMT. But the benchmark remained near two-week lows, after touching a one-year high above 5,600 earlier in the week."What we're seeing is natural profit taking at 5,600," said senior analyst Gary Burton at First Prudential Markets."It doesn't seem ...

Markets - Equity - Australia

Australia shares plumb two-week low; NZ shares slip MELBOURNE: Australian shares fell 1.4 percent on Wednesday as concerns over wholesale funding of the country's financial sector pushed the benchmark index to a two-week low.The S&P/ASX 200 index finished at 5,465.70 points at the close of trade, the weakest since July 20, notching up a loss of 74.94 points. The benchmark fell 0.8 percent on Tuesday, snapping a six-session run of gains.New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index fell 0.7 percent or 51.8 points to ...