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.

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.

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Support much higher than poll stats: Hanson

$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.

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.

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.

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.

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Pressure to lift Medicare pay freeze

Oil falls on strong $, rising US output

Oil prices fell on Wednesday to their lowest in a week, on a strong dollar and expectations that US producers would boost output even as OPEC's output fell from a record high.

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.

$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.

Shares close 20pts lower

Falls by the big four banks have pulled the share market lower, as uncertainty about the policies of US President-elect Donald Trump influences trade.

Shares open 38pts lower

Falls across the heavyweight financial sector have pushed the Australian share market into negative territory following losses in the US and Europe.

$A gains as greenback slumps

The Australian dollar is higher against the US greenback, which fell after comments from US President-elect Donald Trump.

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Alcoa deal angers big power users

Trump comments prop gold to 8-week peak

Gold jumped more than 1 per cent to an eight-week high on Tuesday as stocks and the dollar fell after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said the greenback was "too strong" and British Prime Minister Theresa May promised a parliamentary vote on Brexit.

Oil steady as US dollar weakens

Oil prices were little changed on Tuesday amid a decline in the U.S. dollar and comments by Saudi Arabia that it would adhere to OPEC's commitment to cut output.

Shares close 49pts lower

The share market has fallen due to investor caution ahead of UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit speech and US President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

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.