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Shares in Asciano dived almost 60 percent on Tuesday on speculation Australia's top port and rail operator was planning to raise capital to pay down debt and fund growth.
Asian stocks and commodity prices climbed Monday after China unveiled a nearly $600 billion economic stimulus plan, one of many measures countries are undertaking to limit the economic fallout from the financial crisis.
Australia's government is to inject an extra $2.3 billion into the ailing car industry to offset tariff cuts and a global economic slowdown, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Monday.
Australia's central bank lowered its forecasts for economic growth for the next two years, saying it would be reviewing interest rates in the months ahead with the aim of avoiding an even sharper slowdown in domestic demand.
Asian stocks closed mixed after a weaker open, as layoffs and corporate profit warnings piled up in the face of a rapidly slowing global economy. But South Korea's KOSPI rebounded after the country's central bank slashed interest rates by 25 basis points.
Asian stocks fell sharply with Japan losing 6.5% and South Korea down 7.5% Thursday as more evidence that the U.S. economy is shrinking made investors brace for a potentially deep and lasting global recession.
Asian shares hit a three-week high Wednesday and the U.S. dollar extended gains after Barack Obama became the next U.S. president, ending uncertainty about who will lead the world's largest economy in the midst of great financial peril.
The collapse of Australian investment firm Allco Finance Group could signal a wave of similar fates for those Australian companies that have relied on cheap debt for funding, analysts said.
Australia slashed interest rates Tuesday, presaging cuts expected in Europe later this week in the face of mounting evidence that the global financial crisis has already pushed much of the world into a damaging recession.
Australia's central bank cut its benchmark cash rate by a bigger-than-expected 75 basis points on Tuesday, in an increasingly urgent effort to save the economy from the recession rapidly engulfing much of the developed world.
The follwing is the text of the Reserve Bank of Australia's statement after it cut interest rates at its monthly policy meeting on Tuesday.
Japan's Nikkei index closed 6% Tuesday, as exporters gained on the yen's recent weakness, though other markets were down after reports pointed to a shriveling U.S. economy ahead of the presidential election.
Asian stocks rose for a fifth straight day Monday on hopes policy efforts so far to dampen the impact of the financial crisis would ultimately take hold, though data still painted an ugly picture of the global economy.
Most Asian markets fell Friday after the Bank of Japan's less-than-expected rate cut halted a powerful three-day rally, sending safer havens such as regional bonds and the yen higher.
Asian markets soared Thursday with Japan and South Korea making double digit gains on international efforts to provide liquidity to emerging markets and global prospects of lower borrowing costs.
Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday, with Japan's Nikkei surging over 7% near the close of trade. South Korean shares though dropped into the red plunging as much as 7%, but paring back losses to close down 3%.
The majority of Asian stock indexes closed in positive territory Tuesday, despite highly a volatile session where stocks struggled to find direction. The Hang Seng ended 14.3 percent higher and the Nikkei 225 finished 6.4 percent higher after spending most of the morning session in the red.
Asian shares extended losses Monday, with Japan's Nikkei hitting its lowest intraday level since 1982, as investors feared fresh moves expected from central banks this week will not be enough to stave off a deep global recession.
Asian markets were massacred Friday, led by South Korea's 10.6% plunge and Japan's 9.6% tumble, as the global economic slowdown slashed earnings prospects for an array of companies.
Asian markets' climb gained traction amid a choppy session on Monday, led by Hong Kong's 4 percent rally. But recession jitters continued to keep investors cautious.