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Fortescue picks new CFO

Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group has picked one of its non-executive directors, and former Helloworld chief executive, Elizabeth Gaines as its new chief financial officer.

Rio hits iron ore output forecast

Rio Tinto has kept intact its target for iron ore shipments in 2017 after hitting the mid-point of its revised guidance range for 2016.

Shares open 40pts lower

The Australian share market has opened lower as investors cash in and await major political and economic events from the UK, US and China this week.

Competing factors keep $A flat

The Australian dollar is flat as risk aversion offset positive China data. The local currency was trading at 74.77 US cents at 0630 AEDT on Tuesday, unchanged from Monday.

Trump helps gold hit nine-week high

Gold climbed on Monday to its highest in more than seven weeks on buying fuelled by political uncertainty after comments by US President-elect Donald Trump on NATO and China.

Oil up on Saudi commitment to cut output

Oil prices were up on Monday, buoyed by Saudi commitments to reducing production, even as US output is expected to increase again this year.

Shares close 27pts higher

The Australian share market has closed stronger, boosted by mining heavyweights, but afternoon trading was flat as investors await the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Britain's post-European Union future and Chinese GDP figures.

Barnett criticises Roe 8 opponents

Colin Barnett has criticised protesters for disrupting the government's Roe 8 project, saying they were refusing to accept the courts' decisions and did not deserve sympathy.

Culleton has win in Federal Court

Disqualified and bankrupt former One Nation senator Rod Culleton has had a rare legal win after a second attempt to have him declared bankrupt was thrown out of the Federal Court.

NAB raises fixed home loan rates

National Australia Bank has followed its big four rivals by raising the rates on several of its fixed-rate home loans.

Duet shareholders to vote on takeover

Hong Kong investor CKI will be hoping the federal government approves its $7.3 billion takeover bid for DUET Group if the energy utility operator's shareholders back the deal.

Woolworths hires new supermarkets boss

Woolworths has appointed long-standing Tesco executive Claire Peters as managing director of its supermarkets chain, which is battling Coles and Aldi to lure customers.

Shares open 33pts higher

The Australian share market has kicked off the week strongly with gains across the board, led by resource heavyweights Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

$A nearly flat amid lack of data

The Australian dollar is nearly flat after little economic or political risk events over the weekend.

Gold hovers below 7-week high

The price of gold turned higher on Friday, hovering below the prior session's seven-week top as the US dollar weakened and US Treasury yields came off their highs, with the metal on track for a thi

Oil falls on China concerns, OPEC doubts

Oil prices fell on Friday and ended the week three per cent lower on lingering doubts over the extent of OPEC cuts, with sentiment worsened by concerns over the economic health of the world's second-largest oil consumer, China, after it reported the steepest falls in overall exports since 2009.

Nickel miners lead shares lower

The Australian share market closed weaker today, with nickel miners Western Areas and Independence Group leading the fall after Indonesia relaxed export restrictions on the commodity.

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.

David Jones lifts its first-half sales 4%

David Jones' South African parent company says the department store chain lifted adjusted first-half sales four per cent.

Shares open 32pts lower

The Australian share market has slipped lower after starting in the green as investors take cues from the overnight decline on Wall Street.

Oil up on supply cuts, strong China demand

Oil prices rose more than one per cent on Thursday on news that key crude exporters, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, were cutting production to reduce a global crude glut, and on forecasts of re

$A rallies as US dollar loses ground

The Australian dollar has rallied amid further weakness in the greenback, amid concerns about US President-elect Donald Trump's economic plans

Gold hits 7-week high on weak US dollar

Gold surged above $US1,200 an ounce to its highest in seven weeks on Thursday as the US dollar fell after US President-elect Donald Trump's long-awaited news conference gave few details on economic policy.

Shares close 4pts lower

The share market has closed slightly lower as early momentum provided by a higher Australian dollar and commodity prices was outweighed by a negative response to US President-elect Donald Trump's first press conference in six months.

Business CEOs more cautious in 2017: Survey

Fresh from a year that delivered major political shocks and proved tougher than expected, Australian business leaders are taking a cautious approach to 2017.

Shares open 14pts higher

The share market is higher as investors continue to bet on gains, driving strength in the miners and banks.

$A rallies amid renewed Trump uncertainty

The Australian dollar has jumped more than half a US cent amid renewed uncertainty about Donald Trump's policies following his first press conference as US president.

Oil rallies strongly

Oil prices rose on Wednesday by the most in over a month, boosted as the US dollar weakened following a news conference by US President-elect Donald Trump, and on news that Saudi Arabia had cut exports to Asia.

Gold at 7-week high after Trump speaks

Gold rose to a seven-week high on Wednesday, turning positive as the dollar dropped and Treasury yields fell after US President-elect Donald Trump spoke in his first formal news conference just days before taking office.

Shares close 10pts higher

Strong gains by resources companies including Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have lifted the share market, despite falls by the banks.

Culleton to appeal bankruptcy

WA Senator Rod Culleton says he will appeal against a Federal Court ruling that he is bankrupt as he fights to save his political career.



Young worker falls 12m to death in Perth

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

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.

Gold rallies on Brexit, Trump concerns

Gold has rallied to its highest level in more than a month as the dollar dipped ahead of a news conference on Wednesday by US President-elect Donald Trump.

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.

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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.