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  • FOREX-Dollar extends gains as euro falls under $1.28 Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 24- The dollar rose on Wednesday, climbing to a four-year high on an index that tracks the greenback against other major currencies, as the euro slumped beneath $1.28 on fresh signs of European economic weakness.

  • FOREX-Dollar resumes climb after short-lived yen rally Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 10:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 24- The dollar rose again on Wednesday, wiping out early gains in the yen against the greenback coming after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced concern about the economic impact of the Japanese currency's fall to a six-year low.

  • US dollar extends gains against yen on Fed report Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    The U.S. dollar strengthened following Fed news after earlier hitting an 8-year high against the Japanese yen.

  • Asia stocks end mixed before Fed; China stimulus in focus Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday on speculation whether the U.S. Fed will maintain its dovish policy stance and following reports of Chinese stimulus.

  • Asian equity markets were mixed on the final trading day of the week as investors avoided making aggressive bets before a key set of Chinese data over the weekend.

  • Reprieve for sterling, but will it last? Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:43 AM ET
    Close up of assorted British paper currency

    Sterling rebounded as the likelihood of Scotland leaving the United Kingdom began to fade but could see further volatility before the official vote.

  • Fears that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner rather than later sent Asian indices spiraling on Wednesday.

  • Qantas stays loyal to its frequent flyer "cash cow" Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Sept 1- Australia's flagship airline, Qantas Airways Ltd, is making a mint helping other companies keep their customers- even as it struggles to retain the loyalty of its own. Rival carrier Virgin Australia Holdings announced on Friday it was offloading a stake in its loyalty plan.

  • NAB acquired regional lender Great Western in 2008 for just below $1 billion to get more involved in funding agribusiness in the United States, but the operation lacks the scale of larger competitors in the western states where it operates.

  • *Escalation of Ukraine tensions pushes up yen, Swiss franc. NEW YORK, Aug 28- The dollar got a modest lift on Thursday from better-than-expected U.S. economic data and a worsening of the Ukraine crisis that weighed on the steadily declining euro.

  • *London- listed shares drop 4 pct. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- The world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, announced plans to spin off businesses worth an estimated $16 billion, most of them acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, to focus on its most profitable activities. BHP's London- listed shares fell 4 percent.

  • *BHP UK shares drop 4 pct. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- Top global miner BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $16 billion company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses.

  • Australia's top lender posts rise in quarterly profit Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 10:16 PM ET

    National Australia Bank posted a 7 percent rise in third-quarter unaudited cash profit, led by higher mortgage growth and lower bad debt charges.

  • Most Asian equities traded higher on the last trading day of the week, taking cues from a firm finish on Wall Street overnight.

  • Commonwealth Bank's cash profit hits record high Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 10:25 PM ET
    Customers use the automated teller machines (ATM) at a Commonwealth Bank of Australia branch in Sydney, Australia.

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) said its full-year cash profit grew about 12 percent on strong growth in loans and lower bad debt provisions.

  • Most Asian bourses followed Wall Street higher on Tuesday, except Chinese and Indian shares which failed to track Asia-wide gains.

  • *U.S. launches air strike in Iraq. The United States launched its first air strike against Iraq since American troops withdrew from the country in 2011. Fighting has also resumed in Gaza between Palestinian militants and Israel, while the conflict between Russia and Ukraine remained on investors' radar.

  • Euro inches up from 8-month low on upbeat surveys Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:55 AM ET

    The euro climbed from an eight-month low on Thursday after German and French business activity beat expectations.

  • MELBOURNE/ LONDON/ RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24- After two years of shunning miners, investors are tiptoeing back into the sector on signs of growth perking up in China, company austerity measures paying off, and prices of nickel, copper and aluminum picking up as supply tightens.

  • Australia stocks: Good times to roll on Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    Australia equities are a resilient lot, shrugging off a slew of economic headwinds this year to trade at nearly six-year highs.