Shares close 12pts higher

The share market has made a late surge to end the week with a modest gain, with industrial and retail stocks driving the turnaround from an early fall.

Brazil court ratifies Samarco settlement

BHP Billiton shares have stemmed their slide after Brazil's federal court ratified a settlement reached with the country's authorities over a deadly dam spill.

Fairfax flags end to weekday SMH, Age

Fairfax Media has flagged an end to weekday print editions of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in the face of falling advertising revenue.

Shares open 60pts lower

The Australian share market has opened one per cent lower, with wholesale losses across the board.

Gold slips further on strong $US

Gold turned lower on Thursday, dropping for the fourth straight session on pressure from the firm U.S. dollar ahead of Friday's U.S. payrolls report, which will give clues about whether the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates.

Wall St flat ahead of April jobs report

US stocks have given up early gains to end flat as consumer discretionary shares fell and investors showed caution ahead of the April jobs report.

$A lower, facing further downward pressure

The Australian dollar is lower and facing headwinds in coming days.

Shares close 8ts higher

The Australian share market has edged higher as National Australia Bank's half-year earnings report met expectations and supported the banking sector.

Rio outlines cautious path ahead

Mining giant Rio Tinto plans to continue its cautious approach as it expects the tough operating environment to remain in the foreseeable future.

Judge orders edits in Wright will dispute

The estate of the late mining billionaire Michael Wright has been ordered to slash its submission appealing the $25 million awarded to his youngest daughter, with a judge saying it needs some serious editing.

NAB lifts earnings

National Australia Bank shares jumped more than 4 per cent after the lender lifted first-half earnings 6.5 per cent to $3.31 billion.

Shares open 1pt higher

The Australian share market has opened flat.At 1010 AEST on Thursday, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 1.06 points, or 0.02 per cent, at 5,272.2, while the broader All Ordinaries index was up 2.01 points, or 0.04 per cent, at 5,337.6.



Rio Tinto$24.61bn
BHP Billiton$21.42bn
North West Shelf Venture$16.37bn
Fortescue Metals Group$9.91bn
Woodside Petroleum$7.42bn
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