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Australian-Securities-ExchangeMELBOURNE: Australian shares may rally beyond 17-month highs on Wednesday after US stocks, oil and base metal prices all rose on signs of progress in talks to avoid the U.S. "fiscal cliff". 


* The stock index futures rose 0.6 percent to 4,631, a 35.8-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index. The benchmark climbed 0.5 percent on Tuesday to 4,595.2. 


* New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index rose 0.6 percent to 4,002.5 in early trade. 


* US stocks rallied on strong volume on Tuesday, capping off the S&P 500's best two-day run in a month, on confidence that a deal would be struck in Washington to avoid painful spending cuts and tax hikes that could hurt the economy. 


* Copper consolidated gains as progress in the US budget negotiations eased fears the world's biggest economy could tip into recession. 


* New Zealand's annual current account deficit narrowed slightly in the third quarter as trade surplus shrank but foreign investors earned less from local investments, data showed. 


* Investors await comment from surfwear company Billabong International after it put its shares in a trading halt on Monday ahead of a possible takeover bid for the company, the latest development in a tumultuous year in which three previous takeover offers failed. 


Copyright Reuters, 2012


 



 
Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,106.70 0.17
Arrow Nasdaq 4,570.64 0.29
Arrow S&P 2,000.02 0.11
Arrow FTSE 6,822.76 0.70
Arrow DAX 9,588.15 0.82
Arrow CAC-40 4,393.41 1.18
Arrow Nikkei 15,521.22 0.59
Arrow H.Seng 25,074.50 0.37
Arrow Sensex 26,442.81 0.02





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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 25, 2014
Reserves $13.925 bln