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Shares open 32pts higher

Investors are snapping up growth stocks, including resource and financial companies, pushing the Australian share market higher.

$A creeps higher against $US

The Australian dollar is slightly higher against its US counterpart, which recouped losses suffered following US president Donald Trump's protectionist comments.

Gold slips from late 2016 highs

Gold has fallen nearly one per cent, sliding from a two-month peak as investors take stock of US President Donald Trump's first policy moves and the US dollar stabilises after plumbing seven-week lows.

Oil up as OPEC output cuts drain stocks

Oil prices had edged higher ahead of weekly US inventory data on evidence the global market is tightening as lower production by OPEC and other exporters drains stocks.

Shares close 39pts higher

The Australian share market has closed higher as positive news from steelmaker BlueScope Steel and medical device maker ResMed buoyed investors ahead of the main company earnings season in February.

Oil Search forecasts steady output

A strong fourth-quarter performance has helped Oil Search narrowly beat its full-year production guidance, and the company forecasts steady output for 2017.

Shares open 3.3pts higher

The Australian share market has opened slightly higher as strong commodity prices help offset negativity around US President Donald Trump's protectionist agenda.

$A hardly changed against $US

The Australian dollar is virtually unchanged against its US counterpart which has fallen to a seven-week low against a basket of key world currencies amid investor concerns over protectionist rhetoric by US President Donald Trump.

Gold hits 2-month high on $US fall

Gold has risen to touch its highest in two months as unease over the economic policies of US president Donald Trump pushes investors towards safer assets while the US dollar and US bond yields fell.

Oil down as drilling recovery offsets cuts

Oil prices have fallen nearly one per cent as signs of a strong recovery in US drilling largely overshadow news that OPEC and non-OPEC producers were on track to meet output reduction goals.

Shares close 43pts lower

Australian shares have closed lower, weighed down by major logistics firm Brambles' profit warning and uncertainty around the direction of new US President Donald Trump's administration.

Culleton faces parliament office deadline

Former One Nation senator Rod Culleton insists he won't be clearing out his offices and is determined to attend the start of federal parliament.

Shares open 9pts higher

The massive plunge by major logistics company Brambles has largely offset a modest boost to the Australian share market from investor optimism about Donald Trump's presidency.

Aussie dollar higher against $US

The Australian dollar is up against the greenback on the first full day on the financial markets following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th US president.

Oil prices jump two per cent

Oil prices have risen more than two per cent on expectations that this weekend's meeting of the world's top oil producers will demonstrate compliance to a global output cut deal, but rising US drilling activity have limited gains.

Gold lifts as Trump sworn in

Gold prices have turned higher, as the dollar fell and US Treasury yields came off their highs after Donald Trump was sworn in as US president.

Shares close 37pts lower

The Australian share market has closed lower as investors remain cautious ahead of Donald Trump's swearing-in as US president.

Santos tops guidance after strong quarter

Oil and gas producer Santos has topped its guidance for 2016 with a 7 per cent rise in production and a 31 per cent jump in sales, boosted by the ramp-up of its Gladstone liquefied natural gas plant in Queensland.

Shares open 29pts lower

Losses across the heavyweight resource and financial sectors have pushed the Australian share market lower as investors keenly await a flurry of Chinese economic data.

Oil prices up from one-week low

Oil prices edged higher on Thursday, but swelling US crude stockpiles limited the rebound from a one-week low after the International Energy Agency said oil markets had been tightening even before cuts agreed by OPEC and other producers took effect.

Gold prices rebound to close steady

Gold steadied on Thursday, giving up earlier losses as the US dollar and US bond yields pared gains, following earlier pressure from strong US economic data and support from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen for higher US interest rates.

$A up against US dollar

The Australian dollar is up against the US dollar ahead of US President-elect Donald Trump's closely-watched inauguration and speech.

Pakistan make 7-263 in Aust ODI in Perth

Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade missed the easiest of stumpings as Pakistan posted 7-263 in today's one-day clash at the WACA Ground.

BHP strikes deal to settle Samarco claim

BHP Billiton has reached a near $1 billion deal with Brazil's federal prosecutor to settle a civil claim over the fatal disaster at its Samarco joint venture.

Shares close 13pts higher

The Australian share market gave away most of its early gains but still finished slightly higher as weakness from most of the big banks countered support from an upbeat outlook on the US economy and a profit upgrade from market heavyweight CSL.

Bega brings Vegemite home in $460m deal

Vegemite will be back in Australian hands after Bega Cheese agreed to buy brands including the iconic spread for $460 million.

Police arrest 30 at Roe 8 site

Western Australian police say they have arrested 30 people this morning for disrupting land clearing works as bulldozers moved in on the controversial Roe 8 highway extension project.

South32 on track for output target

Diversified miner South32 has posted lower first-half production in several of its commodities but says it remains on track to achieve full-year guidance for the majority of its operations.

Shares open 11pts higher

The Australian share market has jumped with investors optimistic after US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's said the US economy was strengthening and interest rates were likely to rise.

$A dips ahead of Janet Yellen's speech

The Australian dollar is lower as pressure on the US dollar eased ahead of US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's speech.

Gold falls as US dollar rises

Gold retreated on Wednesday from the previous day's eight-week high as data showing the biggest pick-up in U.S. consumer prices in 2-1/2 years lifted the dollar and US Treasury yields.



WA law firm worker jailed for $2m fraud

A former law firm manager has been jailed for six and a half years after siphoning $2.1 million from trust accounts to fund her gambling habit.

Young worker falls 12m to death in Perth

A young man has died after falling from a building in Perth's CBD.

Goodman Fielder to close production sites

More than 200 jobs could be lost under plans by food giant Goodman Fielder to close production sites in Western Australia and Queensland.

Fortescue picks new CFO

Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group has named non-executive director and former Helloworld and Heytesbury executive, Elizabeth Gaines, as its new chief financial officer.

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Police arrest 30 at Roe 8 site

Western Australian police say they have arrested 30 people this morning for disrupting land clearing works as bulldozers moved in on the controversial Roe 8 highway extension project.

Culleton recovering from 'ambush'

Former One Nation Senator Rod Culleton says he's recovering at home following an "unexpected attack" outside a Perth court yesterday.