Markets Spectator

Asian stocks open lower

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Nikkei 225, Hang Seng dip despite strong lead from Wall Street.

Euro edges up on US dollar

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Positive economic indicators in both regions strengthen euro.

Copper rises on supply-demand hopes

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Global economic optimism boosts metal to its highest price in seven weeks.

Aust dollar falls sharply

Local unit retreats comfortably below US93c on strong US data, earnings.

Wall Street closes higher on earnings, data

Apple's earnings boost market optimism, gains checked by Ukraine crisis.

European stocks close higher

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Europe's main stock markets draw strength from earnings, M&A action.

RBA's Edwards warns on cuts

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Central bank board member John Edwards urges caution on budget cuts.

Aust dollar steady in late trade

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Local currency holds below US93c after yesterday's soft inflation figures.

Aust stocks close slightly higher

Local market edges back from levels not seen since 2008 before long weekend.

Aust dollar edges up at noon

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Local currency continues to trade below US93c after soft inflation figures.

Aust stocks flat at noon

Local market continues to trade at levels not seen since June 2008.

Asian stocks open flat

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Nikkei 225, Hang Seng tread water following weak sessions on Wall Street.

Value investor: The upside to a BHP spin-off

BHP is considering a move to divest non-core assets which could reduce high gearing levels, but investors need to consider whether a spin-off would improve value.

Aust stocks open at near six-year high

Local market hits highest point since June 2008 despite weak US leads.

Whitehaven Coal cuts full-year production guidance

Coal miner reduces guidance due to operational issue at Narrabri mine.

Aust stocks set to open higher

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Local market expected to brush off weak Wall Street leads in early trade.

Scoreboard: Home-grown woes

Markets fell as unexpectedly weak new home sales in the US and mixed earnings reports weighed on investor sentiment.

Aust dollar holds below US93c

Local unit fails to recover losses seen after the release of inflation data yesterday.

'Whatever it takes' is not the whole story

Whether or not you accept the ECB's view on new euro strength as a deflationary risk, the need for a weaker currency is not a given. In fact the ideal exchange rate for each euro country is vastly different.

Wall Street closes lower on tech weakness

Strong earnings releases fail to drive US stocks higher for seventh day.