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    Around 3,500 union workers at Australia's BHP Billiton-Mitsubishi Alliance, the world's biggest producer of metallurgical coal, plan several work stoppages next week but are not planning wider strike action at this stage, a union official said.

  • Rio, BHP Iron Ore, Coal Output Hit by Floods Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 11:11 PM ET

    Rio Tinto  and BHP Billiton  will report lower coal and iron ore production figures for the March quarter from the previous quarter after flooding and cyclones in Australia disrupted operations, with coal mines still underperforming. 

  • Asian Markets at Crossroads on Signs of Slowdown Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 8:18 AM ET
    Traders sit at their desks at the Stock Exchange in Hong Kong.

    Asian stocks saw some heavy selling on Thursday, following signs of an economic soft-patch in the United States. But fund managers and traders remained divided over whether it was time to switch away from stocks and pile into safer, fixed-income securities.

  • Hong Kongers Hooked on Work Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 4:03 AM ET
    SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 18: BlackBerry user Douglas Philips checks emails on his BlackBerry April 18, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Millions of BlackBerry users across the United States experienced a disruption in email service as Canada based Research in Motion dealt with technical difficulties with its email servers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Hong Kongers are Asia Pacific’s most hardworking people, with 77 percent glued to work outside of office hours, compared with a regional average of 66 percent, according to recruitment firm Robert Half.

  • Mining to Boost One Neglected Aussie Property Market Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 12:57 AM ET
    Adelaide in South Australia

    Australia's economic growth may have slowed in the January to March quarter compared to last year, but one investment advisor is betting the mining boom in the country will continue, and that in turn will benefit one largely neglected property market.

  • Australia’s leisure industry is being buffeted from two sides because of a strong currency, as domestic travelers head abroad for cheaper holidays, and international travelers find Australia more expensive to visit.

  • The Best Risk-Off Currency Trade According to HSBC Wednesday, 18 May 2011 | 7:44 PM ET

    Until recently, currency traders looking for safer investments rushed to short the Australian dollar against the greenback, however the decoupling of the U.S. dollar from the “risk on-risk off” investment environment is forcing them to look elsewhere.

  • Open cast mining for iron ore.

    The global uranium industry, crippled by the March 11 earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, is now beginning to come out of the shock. Investors, who were earlier sitting on the sidelines, have re-entered the market to look for bargains.

  • Can Macquarie Again Become a Millionaires Factory? Friday, 29 Apr 2011 | 5:03 AM ET

    The Macquarie Group was the high flyer of the Australian Stock Exchange before the financial crisis hit in 2008. As its share price marched higher many analysts forecast  it would be the first Australian company to smash the A$100 barrier, but the global meltdown put an end to that. 

  • No Chart Surprises in ASX Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 11:59 PM ET
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    The rejection of the Australian Government to the takeover of the Australian Stock Exchange from an Asian stock exchange was clear for many months on the chart of the ASX. The ASX chart in November 2010 showed this deal would fail.

  • Disasters and M&A Shaped Mining in First Quarter Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 3:06 AM ET

    The mining industry has been caught by natural disasters in the Pacific region, an intense mergers and acquisitions environment and emerging countries eyeing to get a hold on commodities resources, Evy Hambro, MD and CIO of the natural resources team at BlackRock told CNBC.

  • Next Upside Target for AUD Is $1.10: Charts Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 | 8:31 PM ET
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    The next upside target for the Australian dollar is near $1.10. At this level the AUD starts to cause some very severe pain to Australia's export industries.

  • Hopping Australian Dollar Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 | 10:15 AM ET
    Hopping Australian Dollar

    The Aussie dollar has gained almost 13% on the Greenback in the last year. Wayne Swan, Australian treasurer, offers insight.

  • Australian Stock Exchange's (ASX) rebuff of a $7.8 takeover offer from the Singapore Exchange (SGX) was the wrong decision, said Kerry Series, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Asia-focused fund management firm Eight Investment Partners.

  • Australia Unveils Brand-Free Tobacco Packets Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 10:33 PM ET
    Cigarette in ashtray

    Australia’s goal of having the world’s toughest tobacco promotion laws in place by 2012 moved closer on Thursday when it released the plain packing design that all cigarette manufacturers will be forced to adopt as part of new legislation. The FT reports.

  • How High Can the Aussie Dollar Fly? Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 3:29 PM ET

    The Australian dollar has been on a tear, and many investors and strategist are still bullish - but a few experts are sounding cautionary notes.

  • Forex Gaining Currency With Retail Investors Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 1:59 PM ET

    It's looking like an especially dynamic year for the currency market, so you might want to check out a new generation of low-cost, online foreign exchange trading platforms.

  • Crises in Japan Ripple Across Global Economy Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 5:27 AM ET
    80-year-old Sumi Abe is rescued from her destroyed house nine days after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 20, 2011 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan.

    In the wake of Japan’s cascading disasters, signs of economic loss can be found in many corners of the globe, from Sendai, on the battered Japanese coast, to Paris to Marion, Ark., reports the New York Times.

  • The Most Costly Earthquakes of All Time Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:07 PM ET
    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country. Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake is a rare event, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Globally we experience an average of only one earthquake above an 8.0 magnitude each year. This, of course, varies from year to year, with the most recent examples being four 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes in 2007 and zero in 2008.

    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country.

  • Nikkei, Topix Hit 2-Year Lows on Kan's Warning Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 5:54 AM ET

    Japanese shares plunged on Tuesday as fresh explosions rocked a damaged nuclear plant and triggered a rise in radiation levels, sending investors fleeing from riskier assets such as equities and commodities across Asia.