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Empired buys Intergen

ASX-listed IT firm Empired has bought Wellington-based Intergen for $A17.4 million in cash and shares to build the biggest trans-Tasman Microsoft services provider.

Newcrest's gold production falls

Newcrest Mining's gold production has fallen 12 per cent in the September quarter, compared to the previous three months.

Aussie shares continue to rally

The Australian share market has opened higher on strong US leads and iron ore price gains.

Gold rises 0.5 per cent on Comex

Gold prices have advanced as declines in the dollar and Treasury yields bolster the precious metal's appeal as a haven.

Oil prices fall after brief rally

Oil prices have dipped on concerns about high supplies and more signs from key Middle Eastern producers that OPEC has no plans to cut crude output.

Higher iron ore price, lower $US, boost $A

The Australian dollar is higher, boosted by a gain in the iron ore price and a weaker greenback.

US stocks gain despite weak IBM earnings

US stocks have risen, shaking off weak IBM earnings and extending the rally that began late last week.

Former WA chief justice David Malcolm dies

Former Western Australian chief justice David Kingsley Malcolm achieved a lot during his 18 years in the role, and will be remembered as a kind and patient man by those who knew him.

Tenix, Transfield in takeover deals

Two major national contractors are embroiled in takeovers, with Tenix Holdings on the receiving end of a $300 million bid by Downer EDI, and Transfield Services revealling it has received a $1 billion takeover bid from a Spanish building giant.

Shares close 47.7pts higher

The share market has closed firmer for a fifth consecutive session as concerns about global economic growth appear to fade.

Labor, Greens want trade deal outed

It's the big deal nobody knows anything about.

Farmers to make way for new dams: govt

Some farmers will have to take a hit for the nation if proposed plans to build more dams are approved, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce 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$78.57bn
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