Markets Spectator

Shares drop 0.5% on resources weakness

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Australian sharemarket closes softer as commodity price falls fuel volatility.

Hong Kong stocks open 0.2% higher

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Stocks rally after official gauge of Chinese manufacturing activity rebounds in March.

Aust dollar firms on China data

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Better-than-expected building approvals, Chinese manufacturing data boost currency.

There's no relief yet for iron ore and oil producers

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In both the iron ore and oil markets, the rebalancing of supply and demand will only occur once higher-cost, sub-economic production is displaced.

Shares weaker at noon on resource woes

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Australian sharemarket down 0.5% at noon as commodity price falls fuel volatility.

Aust shares open lower

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Local market loses ground as fresh declines in commodity prices weigh on resource shares.

Scoreboard: Quarter time

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Both European and US markets dipped as investors booked profits on the last day of the quarter, while iron ore continued its slide closer to $US50 a tonne.

Aust dollar dips on RBA rumours

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Rising expectations of a rate cut next week ensure local unit briefly flirts with six-year low.

Wall Street slips on US dollar strength

US stocks close 1% weaker as investors renew their focus on US dollar, oil prices.

Oil slumps as traders focus on Iran

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Crude prices see third day of red numbers on expectations an Iran nuclear deal would lift oil exports.

Aust stocks tipped for soft open

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ASX expected to follow Wall Street lower in early trade, 6000-point milestone out of reach.

European stocks dip on Greece jitters

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Key markets sink at least 1% by close as investors eye latest EU bailout negotiations.

Oil market shows signs of life

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Recent fall in crude prices fails to dampen hopes for a recovery in coming months.

Iron ore nosedives toward $US50

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Commodity endures one of its worst sessions for 2015 to cap off weakest quarter in six years.

MPs defend dividend imputation

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Disquiet with Treasury's criticism of the system spreads from investors to Liberal Party.

Oil prices fall as Iran talks near conclusion

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Investors wary of likelihood of increased supply as talks approach deadline.

Hong Kong stocks end 0.18% higher

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Hang Seng encouraged by looser Chinese mortgage rules, Shanghai Composite retreats on profit-taking.

Tokyo stocks book solid Q1 gain

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Nikkei sees 10 per cent gain over three months, best quarterly performance since 2013.

Aust dollar falls to near two-week low

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Local unit hit by falling iron ore prices, firming expectations of April interest rate cut.

Shares rally on China stimulus hope

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ASX200 add 9% in quarter, the best first-quarter result for the index in 24 years.

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