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Aust shares flat on directionless Friday

The Australian share market has closed flat, with a lack of domestic and international news leaving investors with little to direct their activity.

Court orders freezing of Palmer assets

A Queensland court has ordered the freezing of hundreds of millions of dollars of Clive Palmer's assets.

WA Labor candidate quits after week of scrutiny

Labor's candidate for the Western Australian state seat of Darling Range has resigned after a week of having her credibility and study history questioned.

Australian market opens slightly lower

The Australian share market has opened lower, weighed down by falls in energy stocks, and concerns over the cancellation of the US-North Korea summit.

$A up despite US-North Korea negativity

The Australian dollar is slightly higher despite falls on Wall Street, which were sparked by the cancellation of the US-North Korea Summit.

Oil slips further below $US80

Oil prices fell about $US1 on Thursday, with expectations building that reduced supplies from Venezuela and Iran could prompt OPEC to wind down output cuts in place since the start of 2017.

Gold up after N Korea summit cancellation

Gold prices surged on Thursday, propelled above $US1,300 per ounce as the US dollar faded after US President Donald Trump called off a summit with North Korea, stoking political tensions.

July 28 is the preferred by-elections date

Voters in two WA federal seats will likely go to by-elections on July 28 to avoid school holidays and await new rules for candidates.

Shares edge higher despite falls by banks

The Australian share market has closed slightly higher as weakness among the banks, miners and energy companies was offset by gains by retailers and industrial stocks.

Westfield shareholders approve takeover

Westfield Corporation shareholders have voted in favour of a $33 billion takeover by Paris property giant Unibail-Rodamco, marking the end of an era for the Lowy family.

Australian market opens slightly lower

The Australian share market is slightly lower amid weaker base metals prices and further falls for the big four banks.

$A higher after Fed minutes

The Australian dollar is higher after Wall Street made modest gains as it appear less likely the US Federal Reserve will increase the pace of its interest rate hikes this year.

Oil prices fall on shock US stock builds

Oil benchmarks fell on Wednesday after an unexpected build in US crude and gasoline inventories despite strong demand, and as traders weighed a possible increase in OPEC crude output to cover any shortfalls in supply from Iran and Venezuela.

Gold rises after Fed meeting minutes

Gold prices rose on Wednesday as the US dollar backed off its highs against a basket of currencies while investors interpreted minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting as dovish.

Santos no deal weighs on share market

The Australian share market has closed slightly lower as energy shares tumbled after Santos rejected a $US10.9 billion takeover offer.

Perth city-to-stadium footbridge delayed

The long-delayed footbridge linking East Perth to Optus Stadium will not be ready by the end of May despite previous assurances by the McGowan government.

CBA sells Chinese insurer stake for $668m

Commonwealth Bank has agreed to sell its stake in Chinese life insurer BoComm Life for $668 million.

Rio Tinto in talks for Grasberg mine sale

Rio Tinto has confirmed it is in talks about the potential purchase of its stake in the Indonesian Grasberg mine for $3.5 billion.

Optus to pay $1.5m after ACCC proceedings

Optus will pay $1.5 million in penalties for pressuring customers to move to the National Broadband Network sooner than required and misleading some of them about NBN service options.

Local market opens fractionally higher

The Australian market has opened fractionally higher as gains in base metal prices lifted the big miners and US President Donald Trump's trade war comments spooked Wall Street investors.

$A falls after Trump comments

The Australian dollar is slightly lower after Wall Street fell, weighed down by comments from US President Donald Trump about the US-China trade talks.

Brent rises on supply concerns

Brent crude prices settled slightly higher on Tuesday after a volatile session in which potential supply concerns surrounding Venezuela and Iran jockeyed with comments from President Donald Trump, who said he was not pleased with US-China trade talks.

Gold steadies as US dollar rally ends

Gold prices have steadied just above their lowest point for the year as the US dollar fell from a five-month high, although risk appetite in the broader financial markets kept the metal's gains in check.

Share market drops with Telstra, banks

The Australian market share has posted its largest daily fall in seven weeks due to weakness for Telstra, the major banks and mining giants.

Hanson rejects tax cut plan

Federal Labor is demanding the Turnbull government hand over details of the deal it struck with Pauline Hanson to get her support to cut business taxes, a pact One Nation is now reneging on.

Telstra blames software fault for outage

Telstra has blamed a software fault for its second widespread network outage in a month, which left customers unable to make calls or use mobile data. 

Healthscope rejects takeover bids, plans closures

Private hospital operator Healthscope, which owns Perth's Mount Hospital, has rejected two competing takeover proposals it says undervalue the company, even as it lowers its earnings guidance due to t

Aust shares open lower despite overseas gains

Australian shares have opened lower, shrugging off improvements seen on most global markets overnight including strong gains on Wall Street. 

$A rises as market confidence improves

The Australian dollar is higher, after US stocks, oil and copper prices gained ground overnight.

Oil rallies on Venezuela supply worries

US crude hit its highest level since 2014 on Monday amid rising concerns that Venezuela's oil output could fall further following the country's presidential election and potential sanctions on the OPEC-member nation.

Gold prices fall to a 2018 low

Gold price have hit a new low for the year to date after US Treasury Secretary.

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WA coal mine worker crushed to death

A man has died after he was crushed at a coal mine in Collie last night.

Perth city-to-stadium footbridge delayed

The long-delayed footbridge linking East Perth to Optus Stadium will not be ready by the end of May despite previous assurances by the McGowan government.

WA Labor candidate quits after week of scrutiny

Labor's candidate for the Western Australian state seat of Darling Range has resigned after a week of having her credibility and study history questioned.

Barry Urban quits after expulsion ruling

Two by-elections will take place in Western Australia in coming months, after a parliamentary inquiry into scandals involving Darling Range MP Barry Urban recommended his expulsion from parliament.

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More customers connect to faster NBN plans

More Australian homes and businesses are connecting to higher-speed services on the National Broadband Network, while NBN said today it had more than doubled revenue in the first nine months of the financial year.