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Commonwealth Bank shares hit record $90

Commonwealth Bank of Australia's shares have hit a record of $90 as expectations build for a Reserve Bank of Australia rate cut next week.

BC Iron cuts deeper amid weak prices

Pilbara iron ore producer BC Iron is making deeper cost cuts as it weathers a falling iron ore price.

Shares open 44.1pts higher

Strong leads from Wall Street and increasing prospects of an interest rate cut in Australia have driven the local share market higher.

US stocks rally after two down days

US stocks have pushed higher, rallying after two down days on generally solid corporate earnings and a gain in oil prices.

Oil recovers after WTI sinks below $US44

Oil prices have closed higher after a volatile session that saw the New York price drop below $US44 a barrel for the first time since March 2009.

Gold post biggest fall in over a year

Gold prices saw their sharpest drop in more than a year Thursday, as investors interpreted the Federal Reserve's comments from a day before to be on the hawkish side, denting the case for owning the precious metal.

$A falls below 78 US cents

The Australian dollar has hit a new five and a half year low, weighed down by growing interest rate cut expectations and a surging US dollar.

Shares close 16.7pts higher

The share market has achieved a sixth straight day of gains as expectations of an interest rate cut grow.

Economist calls on feds to come clean on budget

The Abbott government is failing to fix the budget because it hasn't been honest with the public about why it needs to be fixed, a leading economist says.

Mining sector to continue to hurt: Orica

Explosives and mining services provider Orica does not know when there could be a significant turnaround in the mining sector.

Clive Palmer falls from rich list

Plunging commodity prices have knocked Clive Palmer off Australia's top 50 rich list, and slashed the estimated wealth of other mining moguls.

ASIC wants better metadata access

Australia's vast superannuation pool could be at greater risk if the financial watchdog's access to stored telecommunications data is curtailed, ASIC says.

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Exporters

LabelValue
Rio Tinto$26.71bn
BHP Billiton Iron Ore$24.30bn
North West Shelf Venture$19.62bn
Fortescue Metals Group$12.48bn
Woodside Petroleum$6.09bn
Others$81.20bn
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