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Australian shares rise as financials and materials set the tone; NZ down

04h32 Australian shares rose after an initially hesitant start on Thursday, driven by materials and financials as June employment numbers handily beat expectations.. . .  Full story

Australia jobs jump in June, still plenty left to hire

04h20 Australian employment surged by the most this year in June as firms took on more full-time workers, yet the jobless rate held steady as more people entered the labour force in a trend that. . .  Full story

Australia's Woodside Petroleum Q2 output buoyed by Wheatstone

02h02 Woodside Petroleum Ltd said on Thursday its second-quarter revenue jumped 20 percent, helped by the ramp-up of production at the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) project and higher oil prices.. . .  Full story

Australia's South32 beats annual coking coal output guidance

01h24 Australian miner South32 Ltd beat its coking coal output guidance for fiscal 2018 on Thursday, boosted by better than expected production at its Illawarra project even as fourth-quarter output dipped 24 percent.. . .  Full story

Australia shares to inch higher at open, NZ flat

00h14 Australian shares are expected to open higher on Thursday, with energy stocks set to drive gains on the back of rising oil prices. Oil prices rose on Wednesday after U.S.. . .  Full story

Australia economy set to keep growing, even as clouds gather

18/07 Australia's economy appears to be gathering momentum this year as population growth fuels a boom in public investment, though high debt levels at home and trade tensions abroad loom as ever-greater threats.. . .  Full story

Australia shares set to open higher, New Zealand flat

18/07 Australian shares are expected to snap two sessions of losses and open higher on Wednesday, tracking Wall Street gains, with healthcare stocks set to benefit from weakness in the Aussie dollar.. . .  Full story

Australian shares weaker as oil slump hits energy stocks; NZ flat

17/07 Australian shares fell on Tuesday, as an overnight slump in oil prices and weaker commodities squeezed energy and mining stocks.. . .  Full story

Australia shares seen falling on energy losses, NZ flat

17/07 Australian shares are seen opening lower on Tuesday, tracking global equities, following a slowdown in Chinese economic growth in the second quarter, with energy stocks expected to drag the Aussie index on weak oil. . .  Full story

Australian and New Zealand shares fall as healthcare stocks weigh

16/07 Australian shares fell nearly half a percent on Monday, led by losses in healthcare stocks, while soft weekend property auction results undermined banks, whose business model relies heavily on home loans.. . .  Full story

Australian shares fall as financials slip on weak home sales; NZ down

16/07 Australian shares opened lower on Monday with financials posting losses as weak weekend property auction results undermined banks, which rely heavily on home loans for their strong profits.. . .  Full story

Record wool prices deliver Australia's golden fleece

16/07 Australian sheep farmers are confident restricted supply will underpin high wool prices for years to come as the fiber continued its stellar run in the last sales before winter recess.. . .  Full story

Australia shares to open week slightly lower, NZ down

16/07 Australian shares are expected to open marginally lower on Monday, as investors look forward to a busy week ahead with mining and energy companies set to announce their quarterly production figures this week.. . .  Full story

Australian shares struggle to advance; NZ rises

13/07 Australian shares barely moved on Friday, as strong gains in health care stocks were countered by weakness in banks.. . .  Full story

Unloved uranium sector eyed for revival on reactor build

13/07 Seven years on from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, the beaten down uranium sector is attracting interest as analysts and investors see signs its time in the wilderness may drawing to an end.. . .  Full story

China June coal imports jump 18 percent as utilities speed buying

13/07 China's coal imports in June rose 18 percent from a year ago to 25.47 million tonnes, according to customs data on Friday, as utilities went on a buying spree to shore up electricity generation.. . .  Full story

Australian shares poised to trade higher, NZ breaches 9,000

13/07 Australian shares are set to rise on Friday, backed by robust commodity prices as well as a technology-led rally on Wall Street, with investors looking past recent trade war concerns to earnings optimism in. . .  Full story

Australian shares rebound, banks and health care support; NZ down

12/07 Australian shares bounced back on Thursday, in line with broader Asia, with banks and healthcare stocks leading the gains.. . .  Full story

China trade tensions may spook Aussie shares; NZ opens lower

12/07 Australian shares look to start lower on Thursday, mirroring turmoil in global equity markets spurred by prospects of a Sino-U.S. trade war. Australian commodity stocks might bear the brunt of. . .  Full story

Aussie shares shaken by trade conflict; NZ dips

11/07 Escalating trade tensions knocked Australian shares on Wednesday, as Washington's threat to impose tariffs on a further $200 billion of Chinese imports rang alarm bells across financial markets.. . .  Full story

Australia's banking watchdog says crackdown on risky lending largely complete

11/07 Australia's banking watchdog on Wednesday said its intense crackdown on risky mortgage lending was largely complete, as higher lending rates were also helping cool the country's housing market.. . .  Full story

Australian shares rattled by escalating trade tensions; NZ unchanged

11/07 Australian shares stepped back on Wednesday as financial markets were jolted by escalating trade tensions after Washington said it would impose tariffs on a further $200 billion of Chinese imports.. . .  Full story

Australia consumer confidence jumps to highest since 2013-survey

11/07 A measure of Australian consumer sentiment jumped to its highest since late 2013 in July amid growing optimism on the economic outlook and on the prospect of future promised tax cuts.. . .  Full story

Australian shares hint at higher start tracking Wall St., NZ inches up

11/07 An extended rally on Wall Street could bolster Australian stocks to a better start on wednesday after strong results from PepsiCo signalled a positive earnings season ahead. The S&P 500. . .  Full story

Indonesia's SMI raises 1.5 trln rupiah in bonds to fund green projects

10/07 Indonesia's Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI), a state-owned infrastructure financing firm, said on Tuesday it had issued a combined 1.5 trillion rupiah ($104.6 million) via green bonds and sukuk, tapping into environmentally-minded investors.. . .  Full story

Australian shares capped by weak banking sector; NZ slips

10/07 Australian shares held steady in early trade on Tuesday, as weak banking stocks offset strong gains in materials and energy stocks on the back of higher commodities and oil prices.. . .  Full story

Australia business conditions hold firm in June-survey

10/07 An index of Australian business conditions pointed to continued strength in sales and profits in June, though hiring intentions softened for a second month, a survey showed on Tuesday.. . .  Full story

Australian shares poised to open higher, NZ rises

10/07 Australian shares are set to start higher on Tuesday, tracking Wall Street as expectations of a strong earnings season starting this week helped lift the Dow to its best session in a month.. . .  Full story

Australian shares end near 10-1/2 yr high on materials; NZ dips

09/07 Australian shares closed at a 10-1/2 year high on Monday, with materials stocks driving gains on higher copper prices and following Wall Street's firmer finish.. . .  Full story

Australia regulator finds safety problems on Inpex offshore gas platform

09/07 An Australian regulator said on Monday it had found some safety problems on the offshore gas platform for Japanese firm Inpex Corp's Ichthys LNG project off northern Australia and was considering enforcement action.. . .  Full story

Australian shares rise to 10-1/2 yr high on materials rally; NZ falls

09/07 Australian shares jumped to a 10-1/2 year high on Monday, following a firmer finish on Wall Street, with materials stocks driving gains on higher copper prices.. . .  Full story

Australia's Yancoal halts Austar mine amid safety dispute

09/07 Miner Yancoal Australia said on Monday that production at the Austar coking coal mine in New South Wales state would be halted until it resolves a dispute with the state regulator over a resumption. . .  Full story

Australian shares to start higher, NZ down

09/07 Australian shares are poised to open higher on Monday, tracking Friday's gains on Wall Street after strong jobs data which offset a brewing U.S.-China trade dispute. China retaliated to the U.S.. . .  Full story

Australia inquiry raps lender ANZ over dealings with indigenous clients

06/07 Australia and New Zealand Banking Group has behaved inappropriately when dealing with a number of indigenous clients, a powerful misconduct inquiry into the country's financial sector heard on Friday.. . .  Full story

Aussie shares take US-China trade tariffs in stride; NZ at record high

06/07 Australian shares ended higher on Friday, led by gains in the financial sector and a stronger overnight lead from Wall Street, while the U.S.'s imposition of tariffs on Chinese goods appeared to have no. . .  Full story

Australia lenders CBA, ANZ censured for pushing pension products

06/07 Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group have halted sales of complex pension products without proper advice to banking customers at their branches after regulatory action, the regulator said.. . .  Full story