Shares close week 6.7pts higher

The share market has posted a seventh straight session of gains, taking it to another new six-year high.

Iluka profit slumps by 66%

Iluka Resources says it will continue cutting production until conditions improve and blamed lower prices for a fall in first half net profit by two thirds.

Santos profit down 24%

Santos has lifted its dividend to shareholders, despite suffering a 24 per cent slide in its first half profit as writedowns in Indonesia offset higher production and sales.

Shares open 13.1pts higher

The Australian stock market has pushed higher, following gains in the US and Europe.

Gold sinks on US rate hike fears

Gold futures fell to a two-month low on Thursday as stronger US economic data intensified investor worries about higher interest rates.

S&P 500 cruises to new record

The S&P 500 has set a new record as US stocks powered higher, shrugging off geopolitical problems elsewhere and gaining from fresh signs of strength in the US economy.

$A bounces back above 93 US cents

The Australian dollar has rebounded back above 93 US cents after losing ground on Thursday on the back of weak Chinese manufacturing data.

Oil prices climb on upbeat US data

Oil prices have been pushed higher after a batch of solid economic data in the United States, the world's top consumer of crude, lifted demand hopes.

Shares close 4.3pts higher

After a stellar start, the Australian share market has been reined in by disappointing Chinese manufacturing figures.

Unions seek assurances on BHP demerger

Unions have called on mining giant BHP Billiton to guarantee entitlements and enterprise agreements for workers affected by its demerger.

New loan rules hit Cash Converters profit

Cash Converters is expecting a stronger year ahead after new regulations on lending hit its earnings.

Mirvac triples profit

An improving housing market has helped Mirvac Group to triple its full-year profit, with the property group expecting to grow its earnings further over the next 12 months.



Rio Tinto$21.40bn
BHP Billiton Iron Ore$17.97bn
North West Shelf Venture$16.84bn
Fortescue Metals Group$8.12bn
Gold Corporation$5.81bn
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