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Australian shares closed firmer on Friday, tracking strength in Wall Street, but they posted their worst week in five months dampened by sliding commodities and financial shares. Full story
When burning more coal becomes your solution to pollution choking your capital city, it really is time to reassess your policy positions. Full story
Australian employment rose for a 13th straight month in October, the longest stretch of gains since the early 1990s, while the jobless rate dipped to its lowest in over 4-1/2 years. Full story
Booming infrastructure spending, expanding resource exports and strength in tourism and services are all "growth engines" for Australia's economy, a top central banker said on Wednesday. Full story
Australian wages rose by less than expected last quarter with even a mandated jump in the minimum wage failing to lift pay awards across the economy, a miserly outcome that threatens to further sap consumer spending and inflation. Full story
Australian shares were set to open lower on Wednesday, pressured by a decline in oil and metal prices that hurt related commodity stocks and by a fall on Wall Street that dented investor sentiment. Oil prices fell for a third day in a row on Tuesday after the International Energy Agency forecas Full story
A measure of Australian business conditions surged to its highest on record in October as strength in sales and profits across a range of industries completely overwhelmed protracted weakness in the retail sector. Full story
There are increasing signs business investment in Australia is picking up outside the resources sector thanks to growth in services and infrastructure spending, a timely support to the broader economy, a top central banker said on Monday. Full story
Australia's central bank has sliced its forecasts for core inflation which is seen lurking under its long-term target band for another two years, a strong signal that interest rates won't rise for a long time to come. Full story
Australia's Santos Ltd expects to hold its gas output roughly steady over the next several years, with growth to kick off in 2023 from projects in northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. Full story
Australian shares are expected to tick up on Thursday, taking cues from Wall Street which closed at a record high, though lower commodity prices might weigh on the index. Oil prices settled slightly lower on Wednesday after U.S. government data showed rising domestic crude production, while the Full story
Australian shares eased on Wednesday, hurt by basic materials and energy firms though strong quarterly earnings from Commonwealth Bank of Australia drove its stock up and helped limit broad losses. Full story
Australian shares are expected to retreat on Wednesday from their near 10 year-highs recorded in the previous session, tracking a sell-off in Wall Street, with energy stocks hurt by a slip in oil prices. The local share price index futures fell 0.367 percent, or 22 points to 5,979, a 35 Full story
The Reserve Bank of Australia kept its cash rate unchanged at 1.5 percent on Tuesday, following its monthly policy meeting. The following is a chronology of the Reserve Bank of Australia's interest rate moves since 1990. Each move is measured in basis points (bp), which are one-hundredths of a Full story
Australian shares are expected to open higher on Tuesday, taking cues from Wall Street, which closed at a record high, and a jump in oil prices as Saudi Arabia's crown prince cemented his power over the weekend with an anti-corruption crackdown. U.S. stocks hit new highs on Monday amid optimism Full story
Westpac Banking Corp posted a lower than expected 3 percent rise in annual cash profit and a drop in profitability, with hesitant consumers and a tepid economy weighing on the growth prospects of Australia's second biggest lender. Full story
Australian job advertisements rebounded in October after a brief dip the previous month, suggesting the country's run of strong employment gains could last a while yet, a survey showed on Monday. Full story
Australian shares are expected to edge higher on Monday, after oil prices touched a two-year high in the previous session and Wall Street moved higher. Oil prices rose on Friday, strengthening after U.S. rig data suggested drilling in the United States would throttle back. The local sh Full story
Australian retailers suffered another tepid month of sales as consumers, battling stagnant wages and rising utility bills, curbed spending in an outcome that augers poorly for third-quarter economic growth. Full story
North American institutional investors are raising their exposure to metals and mining partly through co-investments with private equity, which offers them greater transparency and lower risk, industry sources at a mining conference said this week. Full story
Approvals to build new homes in Australia climbed to a seven-month top in September while the country boasted its longest run of trade surpluses in over four decades, a promising omen for growth across the economy. Full story
Japan's Osaka Gas plans to raise its resales of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to third parties to 3 million tonnes a year by 2020, a top executive said on Wednesday, a move that would create more liquidity to Asia's emerging natural gas markets. Full story
Australia's No. 2 lender, Westpac Banking Corp, defended its bank bill trading in court on Wednesday, saying it was crucial to funding the group and managing large amounts of cash it held following the global financial crisis. Full story
Australian shares are expected to open slightly higher on Wednesday, as oil prices continued upward and iron ore prices in China stabilised after four straight losing days. Brent crude ended 0.7 percent higher at $61.37. That was up about 37 percent from its 2017 lows hit in June, fueled Full story
The Australian corporate regulator accused Westpac Banking Corp of playing a leading role in the widespread manipulation of an important financial trading rate as it took the country's No. 2 lender to court on Tuesday. Full story
New Zealand business sentiment dropped to a two-year low in October as firms grappled with a turbulent political outlook, an ANZ Bank survey showed on Tuesday. Full story
Australian shares are expected to open mildly lower on Tuesday, tracking a pullback on Wall Street due to uncertainty regarding U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager being charged with money laundering, and weaker iron ore prices. U.S. stocks slipped 0.32 percent on the n Full story
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would like to finalise the details of a ban on foreigners buying established homes before a key trade deal meeting next week. Full story
Australian shares fell on Friday, swinging into negative territory from a near six-month peak after the conservative government lost its one-seat majority following a shock court ruling removed the deputy prime minister from parliament. Full story
Australia's biggest investment bank Macquarie Group Ltd beat expectations on Friday by posting a record first-half profit, boosted by performance fees. Full story
Australian shares edged up on Thursday, even though miners were down, aided by gains for some banks and health-care stocks. Full story
Newcrest Mining Ltd said on Thursday its first-quarter gold production slid 15 percent from the year-ago quarter and copper output slumped nearly a third as repairs were ongoing at the company's flagship Australian mine which was damaged by an earthquake. Full story
Australia's No. 3 lender, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd, on Thursday posted an 18 percent jump in annual cash profit on cost-cutting efforts, following the partial sale of its wealth management arm earlier this month. Full story
Australian shares were higher on Friday, tracking strong earnings-driven gains on Wall Street and led by financial and energy stocks. Full story
Australian shares ended 0.3 percent higher on Thursday, drawing strength from Santos Ltd which spiked to its highest in more than a year after turning down a takeover bid, prompting speculation of a new offer. Full story
Australian shares are set open marginally higher on Thursday helped by a recovery in base metal prices, while a drop in oil prices could exert pressure on energy stocks. Aluminium prices ended up 1.2 percent and London Metal Exchange (LME) copper rose 0.2 percent on Wednesday, having ea Full story
On the edges of Sydney, where Australia's biggest city is sprawling across paddocks and market gardens, demand for new homes is running harder than tradesmen can lay bricks. Full story
Australian shares were lower on Wednesday as commodity-related stocks fell, with oil prices down for a third day in a row on Tuesday, and the price of nickel down more than 5 percent. Full story
Australian shares ended lower for a third straight day on Tuesday, as weak oil prices and an equity stake sale in Woodside Petroleum Ltd dampened sentiment. Full story
Australian shares are set to open lower on Tuesday as commodity-related stocks are likely to be hurt by a weaker local currency and Royal Dutch Shell's said it would sell its entire stake in Woodside Petroleum Ltd . Royal Dutch Shell on Monday initially said it would sell 71.6 Full story
Australian shares are set to open flat on Monday, following Wall Street's decline on Friday as investors worried about the future of promised corporate tax cuts. Losses are likely to be offset by material stocks, that are set to gain from base metal prices, though Chinese iron ore futures d Full story
New Zealand's finance minister said on Friday the country's next central bank governor must be willing to adopt his government's plan to include employment in the bank's mandate, and he was willing to reject any candidate who was not the "right person". Full story
Australian shares gained for a third straight session to close at their highest in nearly 10 years on Thursday, as materials and real estate stocks led the upward trend. Full story
Australian shares finished slightly higher on Wednesday, just above the 10-year peak scaled in the previous session as weaker material and energy stocks, weighed by softer oil and commodities prices, offset gains made in the financial sector. Full story
Commonwealth Bank of Australia said on Wednesday first-quarter cash profit jumped 10 percent, topping analyst expectations, as impairment charges fell to a record low and higher mortgage rates widened its home-lending margins. Full story
Australian shares ended higher on Tuesday, after crossing the critical 6,000-point threshold to scale a near 10-year peak, as material stocks led gains following strong commodities prices. Full story
Australian shares scaled a near 10-year high on Monday, breaching the psychologically important 6,000 point mark, supported by strong commodities prices and tracking a rally in global equity markets. Full story
Australia's central bank is seen as all but certain to keep its cash rate at a record low of 1.5 percent at its monthly policy meeting next week, a Reuters poll of economists found. Full story
Australia's only listed realtor, McGrath Ltd, issued a profit warning on Monday that sent its shares plunging, as higher taxes and other restrictions resulted in a sharp pullback in Chinese buying interest for new apartments. Full story
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) said on Monday it would close its Philippine retail banking business as big Australian banks try to shed capital-intensive assets amid stiffer bank capital rules. Full story
Thailand defended on Friday its decision to close the country's only active gold mine last year, after its Australian operator said it would launch legal proceedings against the government. Full story
Australian shares advanced on Friday morning on broad-based gains, with financial and material stocks leading the charge in a generally upbeat mood in markets across the region. Full story
Australian shares closed marginally lower on Thursday as a rally in the materials sector due to a rise in metals prices was offset by losses in financial stocks after National Australia Bank (NAB) flagged restructuring charges. Full story
Australian shares were flat on Thursday as gains in the materials sector on an uptick in metal prices were counteracted by losses in financials as National Australia Bank's results revealed slipping margins. Full story
The Perth Mint's sales of gold products fell 3.87 percent in October from a month earlier, while silver sales rose about 43 percent, the mint said in a blog post on its website on Wednesday. Sales of gold coins and minted bars dropped to 44,618 ounces in October from 46,415 ounces a month ago, t Full story
Australian shares rose on Wednesday on the back of gains in materials stocks as Dalian iron ore futures climbed after five consecutive sessions of declines. Full story
Australian shares relinquished early gains to end lower on Tuesday, as materials stocks took a slowdown in China's manufacturing sector as a sign of cooling demand in the world's second-largest economy. Full story
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday a ban on foreigners buying existing homes would begin in early 2018, but the restrictions would not apply to Australians. Full story
Australia's Origin Energy Ltd said on Tuesday its quarterly gas production revenue rose 58 percent from a year ago, with increased output from the Australia Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLNG) project and higher gas prices. Full story
South Korea's coal imports are set to hit a record in October as nuclear reactor outages bite into energy supply, new coal-fired power stations fire up and the country braces for the imminent start of the peak demand season over the winter. Full story
Australia's Westpac Banking Corp said on Monday it plans to defend itself in a lawsuit brought by the nation's corporate regulator accusing it of rigging a key interest rate - unlike two rivals who have agreed to settle similar cases. Full story
Australia's biggest investment bank Macquarie Group Ltd on Friday posted record first-half profits, upgraded its full-year earnings forecast and unveiled plans for a A$1 billion ($766 million) share buyback, sending its stock to an all-time high. Full story
Australian shares are expected to tick up on Friday, inspired by an advance on Wall Street, while a Brent crude close at heights not seen in over two years is seen pushing energy stocks higher. Brent crude closed at a 27-month high on Thursday as the market focused on comments from Saudi Arabia Full story
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd booked an 18 percent jump in annual cash profit on lower bad debts and cost cuts, but warned that finding revenue growth was getting harder. Full story
Newcrest Mining Ltd said first-quarter gold production fell 15 percent from the year-ago quarter and copper output slumped nearly a third as repairs continued at the company's flagship Australian mine which was damaged by an earthquake. Full story
Australian shares were set for a strong start on Friday, taking a cue from Wall Street which was boosted by gains in Wal-Mart and technology shares. Basic materials stocks, the second biggest sector on the benchmark index by market capitalization, stand to gain from iron ore prices that Full story
Commonwealth Bank of Australia easily overcame protest votes against executive remuneration and board appointments at an annual general meeting on Thursday, as it tries to rebuild its reputation after a series of scandals. Full story
National Australia Bank has found weaknesses in systems that monitor customers as part of a programme to comply with money-laundering and counter-terrorist financing laws, and flagged further problems could be discovered. Full story
Westpac Banking Corp's New Zealand unit has breached capital requirements, New Zealand's central bank said on Wednesday, ordering the lender to keep higher capital levels than other banks until it fixes the issues. Full story
A measure of Australian consumer sentiment eased back in November, unwinding some of October's jump to its highest for the year, with uncertainty over the economy returning to the fore. Full story
Australian shares were lower on Tuesday, dragged down by financial and commodity stocks as the discount in Royal Dutch Shell's divestment of its stake in Woodside Petroleum Ltd hit wider sentiment. Full story
Australian shares were lower on Monday, dragged down by financials as Westpac and ANZ, two of the country's 'Big Four' banks, went ex-dividend. Full story
Australian shares snapped three sessions of gains to end lower on Friday, retreating from recent 10-year highs as weak commodity prices weighed on materials and energy stocks. Full story
Australian shares are expected to drift lower on Friday tracking a broad sell-off on Wall Street and other major bourses, as concerns over delay in the Republican-led corporate U.S. tax cut hurt risk sentiment. Republican Senator Bill Cassidy said the Senate tax proposal would delay a U.S. corpo Full story
Fiscal stimulus from a new Labour-led government and a weaker currency would lead to faster inflation and probably an earlier rise in interest rates, New Zealand's central bank said on Thursday - sending the local dollar sharply higher. Full story
China's unwrought copper imports fell in October from a month earlier to their lowest since April, as prices soared to their highest in more than three years, while concentrate arrivals also slipped, customs data showed on Wednesday. Full story
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Australia's biggest telecom company, Telstra Corp Ltd offered refunds on Wednesday to about 42,000 customers after it failed to provide promised fast download speeds on the nation's new A$47 billion ($36 billion) broadband network. Full story
Australia's central bank held rates at record lows for a 14th straight policy meeting on Tuesday and signs were they would stay sidelined for months to come in the face of stubbornly low inflation and caution among debt-laden consumers. Full story
Australian's already anaemic inflation rate looks set to be revised lower as changing spending habits by consumers are taken into account, further pushing out the day when interest rates might rise from record lows. Full story
Australian shares ended lower on Monday, with Westpac's results weighing on the benchmark as the lender's net profit result missed expectations and pointed to difficult conditions ahead. Full story
Australian shares were flat on Monday, as financial stocks offset gains in other sectors, including energy firms, after Westpac Banking Corp posted a weaker-than-expected net profit and flagged challenging conditions ahead. Full story
Westpac Banking Corp reported a 3 percent rise in annual cash profit on Monday, helped by its consumer and business lending arms and reduced costs on impaired assets, but missed forecasts. Full story
Australia's central bank is seen as all but certain to keep its cash rate at a record low of 1.5 percent at its monthly policy meeting next week, a Reuters poll of economists found. Full story
Australian shares are expected to open flat on Friday, tracking stocks on Wall Street after U.S. President Donald Trump named Jerome Powell as the Federal Reserve's new chief and investors assessed the tax cut plan unveiled by Republicans in the House of Representatives. The bill called for slas Full story
National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB) flagged thousands of job cuts as it posted a record annual cash profit on Thursday, joining a push by global lenders to do more business online and less transactions over polished bank counters. Full story
Australian shares are expected to slip lower on Thursday morning, on oil prices weakening after rallying to their highest in over two years. Brent crude futures closed down 45 cents, or 0.74 percent, at $60.49 a barrel, receding from highs last touched in June 2015 after the U.S. Energy Full story
Australian shares closed near a 6-month high on Wednesday, as a jump in oil prices and iron ore futures boosted energy and materials stocks. Full story
Home prices across Australia's major cities went flat in October as Sydney suffered a second month of falls, as regulators' efforts to rein in investment lending continued to bite. Full story
New Zealand's trade minister said on Tuesday that it may be too late to make significant changes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after his new Labour-led government said last week it would seek to renegotiate the agreement. Full story
Australian supermarket operator Woolworths Ltd said on it on Tuesday it had logged robust quarterly food sales growth, outpacing rival Coles for a third straight quarter on the back of aggressive discounting. Full story
Australian manufacturing activity accelerated to a four-month peak in October as output and new orders expanded, encouraging firms to add employers at the fastest pace in 10 months, a survey showed on Tuesday. Full story
Australian shares closed near six-month peaks on Monday, tracking a strong lead from Wall Street and as energy stocks benefitted from rising oil prices. Full story
Australian shares are expected to open higher on Monday, tracking gains in U.S. stocks and supported by oil prices reaching their highest in over two years. A slew of positive results from technology majors in the United States pushed the Nasdaq to its best day in nearly a year on Friday while B Full story
Australian shares rose to a near six-month high on Friday, boosted by Macquarie Group's jump to record levels, while material and energy stocks further supported the index. Full story
Australian politicians told China of government approvals for a controversial A$16.5-billion ($13-billion) coal mine project being built by Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises, a panel of senators heard on Thursday. Full story
Australian shares slumped on Thursday, hit by a drop in Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd after its annual net profit came in slightly lower than estimates, with weakness in miners also dragging on the index. Full story
Australian shares are expected to slip at open on Thursday, with weak commodity prices likely to pull material and energy stocks lower, while a slump on Wall Street in the previous session is also seen weighing on sentiment. U.S. oil prices slipped on Wednesday after a surprising increase in U.S Full story
 
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