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Aust dollar steadies above US76c

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Local unit lifts off six-week trough against US dollar, bounces from six-year low against pound.

Dissecting BBY's demise

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What does it take to send an established Australian stockbroker into receivership? A perfect storm of rare market events.

Oil prices jump on US tightening

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Crude prices surge 4.5% amid more signs of US scale-backs, Middle East instability.

Wall Street weakens on EU concerns

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US stocks end week on sour note as soft data, Greece bailout talks take centre stage.

European stocks sink on Greece

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Key markets close week with losses of up to 2.5 per cent as Greek talks drag on.

Weekend Economist: The RBA's waiting game

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A sinking dollar may allow the RBA to sit on rates for the rest of 2015, but if household expenditure falters, the bank's response could surprise.

Greek bank deposits fall to decade-low

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Total household and business deposits hit lowest level since 2004.

Hong Kong stocks end 0.11% weaker

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Shanghai Composite ends slightly lower, following previous session's painful sell-off.

European stocks open lower

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Greek sharemarket leads losses as investors worry over debt talks.

Aust dollar lower in late trade

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Unit sees some consolidation as market eyes next week's local, overseas economic data.

Tokyo stocks book longest winning streak in 25 years

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Nikkei closes marginally higher, clocking up eleventh straight consecutive gain.

Shares surge as Aust dollar falls

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Local sharemarket rallies more than 1% as international investors hunt for yield.

Aust dollar weaker at noon

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Local currency regains some ground but remains lower as US dollar gains strength.

Shares over 1% stronger at noon

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Australian sharemarket surges as weakening currency sparks buying across the board.

A tough year for a billionaire

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Watch: Gina Rinehart is $6bn poorer than she was 12 months ago without counting the cost of recent legal losses, so who's ready to replace her as Australia's richest individual?

What's killing business investment?

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Recent capex figures paint a gloomy portrait of business conditions in Australia, but the reality is somewhat different.

Aust stocks open 0.9% higher

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Local market shrugs off downbeat global leads as banks and resources stocks soar.

Shanghai plunges 6.5%, HK loses 2.23%

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Shanghai plunges from a more than seven-year high, dragging Hong Kong with it.

Scoreboard: Grappling with Greece

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Wall Street and European markets both pulled back on concerns about Greek debt, while major currencies continued to ease against the greenback.

Aust dollar hits six-year low against pound

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Local unit holds below 50 pence for first time since 2009, strikes six-week low against US dollar.

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