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02h04 China's steel producers are eager to unleash their mills' capacity when this winter's output curbs end next month, hoping for a repeat of last year's record profits based on high margins and less competition as outdated plants were closed.  Full story
00h42 Santos Ltd, Australia's No. 2 independent gas producer, reported a more-than-fivefold rise in annual underlying profit on Wednesday, but did not declare a dividend.  Full story
00h31 At least 5,000 people in New Zealand's South Island were cut off by massive landslips and hundreds of tourists stranded on Wednesday after former cyclone Gita whipped through the country, sparking a state of emergency in several southern towns.  Full story
20/02 Australian shares are expected to slip at Wednesday's open as metal prices on the London Metal Exchange continued to weaken. Copper edged down 0.4 percent on Tuesday, while aluminium fell 1.3 percent. Australian share price index futures fell about 0.5 percent, or 28  Full story
20/02 Shares of battery and technology metals developer Australian Mines Ltd surged on Tuesday after the company signed an off-take agreement with South Korean battery maker SK Innovation for nickel and cobalt from its flagship Sconi project.  Full story
20/02 Australia-listed Energy World Corp expects to start up a gas-fired power plant in the Philippines by end-2018, its chief executive said, fed by the country's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports.  Full story
20/02 New Zealand's national carrier on Tuesday cancelled all flights in and out of the capital, Wellington, and the southern city of Christchurch declared a state of emergency as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita pummelled. . .  Full story
20/02 Australia's central bank mapped out a steady course for rates at its first meeting of 2018 this month, stressing that a pick-up in wage growth was necessary to ensure a much-needed recovery in inflation.. . .  Full story
20/02 Australian shares slipped on Tuesday as investors pared positions in sectors like financials and materials, though the benchmark's top loser was Super Retail Group Ltd, which fell as much as 17.5 percent to a. . .  Full story
19/02 Australian shares are set to fall at Tuesday's open, tracking weakening metal prices on the London Metal Exchange. Copper fell 1.6 percent. . .  Full story
19/02 Battery and technology metals developer Australian Mines Ltd said on Monday it signed a deal with Korea's SK Innovation Co Ltd to supply cobalt sulphate and nickel sulphate from its flagship Sconi project.. . .  Full story
19/02 Australian shares closed at a two-week high on Monday, underpinned by gains in financials and healthcare stocks, with investors keeping a close eye on earnings reports.. . .  Full story
19/02 Air New Zealand warned on Monday flights in and out of New Zealand faced major disruptions this week due to Cyclone Gita, set to hit the country on Tuesday, and encouraged passengers to defer travelling.. . .  Full story
18/02 Australian shares are set to slip mildly at Monday's open, extending a loss incurred on Friday. Australian share price index futures. . .  Full story
18/02 Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison has defended his plan to reduce company taxes after the central bank warned the proposed cuts could scuttle plans to get the national budget back into surplus by 2021.. . .  Full story
16/02 Australia‚Äôs largest banks have stepped up screenings of mortgage loan applications amid a powerful government-backed inquiry into the nation's lenders and their sales practices, potentially hurting revenues from their most lucrative products.. . .  Full story
16/02 A major rift opened up in Australia's fragile ruling coalition on Friday as Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce refused to quit over an affair with a staff member and derided Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's condemnation. . .  Full story
16/02 Australian shares finished slightly lower on Friday, weighed down by mining and casino stocks as underwhelming earnings forced a sell-off that offset gains in healthcare shares.. . .  Full story
16/02 Australian casino operator Star Entertainment Group Ltd said half-year profit tumbled to its weakest level since listing, as a slump in house wins wiped out the benefits of a return by Asian high rollers.. . .  Full story
16/02 Australia's top gold miner, Newcrest Mining Ltd, expects output to grow in the coming months as its flagship site gradually ramps up after operations there were hit by an earthquake last year, its chief. . .  Full story
16/02 The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) expects to make only gradual progress in reducing unemployment and having inflation return to its 2-3 percent target band, signalling interest rates will stay at record lows for a. . .  Full story
16/02 Australian shares edged higher on Friday on the back of improved global sentiment for equities as Wall Street gained for the fifth day, with the domestic focus on the earnings season.. . .  Full story
15/02 Australian shares are set to move slightly higher at Friday's open, tracking positive performance in equities and oil in the United States. All three major U.S. indices. . .  Full story
15/02 Australia's top gold miner, Newcrest Mining Ltd, on Thursday reported a 58-percent fall in half-year underlying profit, dragged down by disruptions such as an earthquake hitting one of its key sites earlier in 2017.. . .  Full story
15/02 Australian shares rose over 1 percent on Thursday, shrugging off higher than expected U.S. inflation data and boosted by gains in top resources stocks.. . .  Full story
15/02 Australia's largest listed bulk grain handler GrainCorp Ltd expects underlying profit to halve this financial year, and exports to drop dramatically, as crops in the country's east succumb to mercilessly dry back-to-back growing seasons.. . .  Full story
15/02 Australia's only listed residential realtor McGrath Ltd swung to a first-half loss, with the departure of a fifth of its agents setting the company back by millions of dollars in sales and a writedown.. . .  Full story
15/02 Origin Energy Ltd, Australia's top power and gas retailer, more than tripled its half-year underlying profit on the back of soaring energy prices and raised its earnings forecast for energy markets, sending its shares up. . .  Full story
15/02 Telstra Corp Ltd said on Thursday it is offsetting ebbing earnings from its legacy landlines, for now, but that the new growth is coming from much lower-margin businesses.. . .  Full story
15/02 Australia's streak of employment gains reached the longest on record in January, while unemployment fell a tick and female participation in the workforce climbed to an all-time high.. . .  Full story
14/02 Australian shares are set to move slightly higher at Thursday's open, following a positive end to Wednesday on Wall Street and higher commodity prices. Oil prices rose on Wednesday after. . .  Full story
14/02 Austalian company EMR Capital plans to double production at Zambia's Lubambe copper mine, a company official said on Wednesday after completion of EMR's acquisition of a majority stake for $100 million.. . .  Full story
14/02 Australia's banking regulator proposed on Wednesday that the country's lenders adopt higher risk weightings on some kinds of loans as the government passed laws aimed at avoiding public bailouts of banks in a crisis.. . .  Full story
14/02 New Zealand's largest construction company, Fletcher Building, will wind down its commercial construction business due to mounting losses, but the embattled firm said it was not at risk of missing debt payments or being forced. . .  Full story
14/02 Australian shares fell 0.3 percent on Wednesday as trepidation ahead of key U.S. inflation data and losses in Commonwealth Bank of Australia, which traded ex-dividend, eclipsed gains in healthcare and industrial stocks.. . .  Full story
14/02 Australian shares slipped on Wednesday, as gains in the healthcare and information technology sectors were overshadowed by losses in financials ahead of U.S. inflation data due later in the global day.. . .  Full story
14/02 Biotherapeutics company CSL Ltd reported a 35 percent rise in its first-half profit on Wednesday due to robust demand for its vaccines in the United States, and upgraded its earnings guidance for the fiscal. . .  Full story
14/02 A measure of Australian consumer sentiment slipped from four-year highs in February as wild swings in global financial markets seemed to spook some.. . .  Full story


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