Shanghai shares hogged the spotlight on Friday, as the key Shanghai Composite index extended losses, while Japan was the "quiet achiever" for the day.» Read More
Asian stock markets traded mostly higher amid choppy trade on Thursday, as a rebound in energy prices provided some reprieve.
Analysts remain bearish on the Australian dollar, with some tipping a slide to the Australian central bank’s $0.75 target this year.
Australia took a double-whammy from record-low interest rates and commodity-price drops, but the selloff has left its market attractive to yield chasers.
Asian stock markets enjoyed an upbeat session on Friday, but volatile trade played out in Shanghai, with the benchmark index closing down 0.2 percent after jumping to a more than 4-year high.
Asian equity markets raked in gains on Thursday, as the fall in oil prices abated, while a positive finish on Wall Street overnight lifted trading sentiment.
On the first trading session of 2015, Asian equities were quiet on the back of a lack of foreign cues and economic data releases.
Fresh anxiety over the turmoil in oil markets and political uncertainty in Greece dragged most Asian indices lower on Tuesday, with Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong hitting new lows. Wall Street's mixed finish overnight did little to lift trading sentiment.
On the last trading session before Christmas, Asian indices largely rose, with the exception of China, as a strong U.S. growth report card revived risk sentiment.
The U.S. dollar rose against major currencies for a third session on diverging monetary policy between the Federal Reserve and other central banks.
Asian indices were mostly lower on Wednesday as sluggish economic data from China spooked markets that were already under strain from political uncertainty in Greece and a rout in oil prices.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Monday as investors brushed off weak data, with China's benchmark index rising to a three-year high.
Major Australian banks will need as much as A$48 billion to move to the top quartile of global banks, to ensure they can survive a financial crisis.
SYDNEY, Dec 7- Major Australian banks will need as much as A $48 billion to move to the top quartile of global banks, analysts estimate, after a government-backed review on Sunday called for stronger capital levels to ensure they can survive a global financial crisis. The review was chaired by David Murray, former head of Commonwealth bank of Australia.
SYDNEY, Dec 7- Australia's major banks should set aside more capital to ensure they can survive a repeat of the global financial crisis, a government-backed review recommended on Sunday, a measure that may rein in the banks' hefty dividend payouts. The 348- page report chaired by David Murray rejected banks' concerns and argued that Australia's financial system...
SYDNEY, Dec 7- Australia's major banks should set aside more capital to ensure they can survive a repeat of the global financial crisis, a government-backed review recommended on Sunday, a measure that may rein in the banks' hefty dividend payouts. "Although no system can ever be bulletproof, Australia should aim to cultivate financial institutions with the...
The U.S. dollar reached fresh multiyear highs on Friday after a stronger-than-forecast November U.S. jobs report.
Abbott falters on infrastructure pledge, and risks becoming the first Australian premier to preside over a recession since the early 1990s.
NEW DELHI, Dec 4- India will press the Group of 20 economies to set a two-year deadline to reduce the cost of international money transfers, two government sources said, potentially saving more than $20 billion for developing countries. The world's largest recipient of remittances- of about $70 billion a year- won the backing of G20 leaders last month in Brisbane...
Asian indices traded mostly higher in Friday's afternoon session, after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament's lower house.
A trade deal signed with great fanfare between China and Australia may not provide Australia with the economic boost that many anticipate.