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Australian shares rise on resources boost; key economic data in focus

Sept 12 (Reuters) - Australian shares on Monday jumped to their highest level in more than a week, as higher commodity prices lifted miners and energy stocks, with investors eyeing key data due this week. The S&P/ASX 200 index .AXJO rose nearly 1% by 0019 GMT. The U.S consumer prices report is due on Tuesday, while Australian employment data is set to be released later this week — readings that could help investors gauge rate hike paths by Australian and U.S.
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Australia Westpac's bad debt falls, set to weather property downturn

Aug 15 (Reuters) - Westpac Banking Corp WBC.AX , Australia's third-largest mortgage lender, said on Monday its bad debt fell to a multi-year low in the June quarter, setting up a financial buffer as the country's housing market enters a downturn. The Sydney-based company said mortgages with payments more than 30 or 90 days late fell in the three months to end-June to their lowest since early 2020. Late payments for non-residential consumer lending ticked up slightly compared to three months earl
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Australia's "Big Four" banks raise mortgage rates after RBA hike

Aug 4 (Reuters) - Australia's "Big Four" banks raised their home loan variable interest rates on Thursday, after the country's central bank hiked rates earlier this week. Commonwealth Bank of Australia CBA.AX , Australia and New Zealand Banking Group ANZ.AX , National Australia Bank NAB.AX and Westpac Banking Corp WBC.AX increased their mortgage rates to match the hike announced by the central bank Link The new rates for CBA and ANZ customers will take effect from Aug.
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Westpac and NAB see Australia rates rising faster and higher

* Westpac eyes terminal rate of 3.35%, NAB sees 2.85% * CBA and ANZ already raised their f'casts recently * Shifts bring bank economists closer to mkt pricing SINGAPORE, July 22 (Reuters) - Westpac and National Australia Bank raised predictions for Australia's benchmark cash rate on Friday, following similar moves by their peers and rate-traders who think low unemployment and persistent inflation will drive the central bank to continue tightening policy.
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Australia's ANZ to buy Suncorp bank arm for $3.3 bln, narrow gap with rivals

* ANZ to raise A$3.5 bln equity to fund deal * ANZ withdraws from talks to buy MYOB Group * Suncorp to return majority of net proceeds to shareholders By Byron Kaye and Sameer Manekar July 18 (Reuters) - Australia and New Zealand Banking Group ANZ.AX is buying the banking arm of insurer Suncorp Group SUN.AX for A$4.9 billion ($3.33 billion), as the smallest of Australia's major lenders seeks to revive growth at home after falling behind rivals.
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Australian shares subdued as investors await U.S. inflation data

(Updates to close) * Aussie banks, healthcare stocks top advancers * RBNZ cash rate decision due Wednesday * Eyes on U.S. June CPI data By Upasana Singh July 12 (Reuters) - Australian shares were muted on Tuesday, after losses in miners offset strength in bank stocks, as investors awaited U.S. economic data this week for clues on the Federal Reserve's stance on monetary policy.
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Miners drag Australian shares to their worst day in over a week

* ASX 200 posts worst day since June 30 * Mining stocks - top losers * NZX 50 falls most since July 1 By Upasana Singh July 11 - Australian shares marked their worst session in over a week on Monday, after miners were hit by weak commodity prices, and as investors awaited U.S. inflation data to gauge how aggressive the Federal Reserve will be in hiking interest rates.
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Australia shares slip as gold, mining stocks weigh

July 11 - Australian shares slip on Monday, after weakness in commodity prices weighed on gold and mining stocks, and as investors braced for a U.S. inflation reading as well as domestic jobs data due this week. The S&P/ASX 200 index .AXJO shed as much as 0.4% to 6654.3 by 0045 GMT. The benchmark index had fallen 0.6% last week. Markets are keenly watching for data this week that could throw light on the path of monetary policy in the United States as well as Australia.
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New Zealand Central Bank warns NAB's local unit over anti-money laundering breaches

By Lucy Craymer July 8 (Reuters) - New Zealand's central bank on Friday issued a formal warning to National Australia Bank Ltd's NAB.AX local unit for failing to report around 50,000 transactions as required by anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism laws. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand said NAB's Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) did not report accurate locations for around 50,000 local and physical cash transactions between November 2018 and April 2020. However, BNZ promptly rectified the issue a
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Australia shares rise as banks gain ahead of RBA meet

* RBA is likely to hike rates by 50 bps - Reuters poll * Most sub-indexes gain * NZX 50 posts biggest pct gain in one week (Updates to close) By Tejaswi Marthi July 4 (Reuters) - Australian shares climbed more than 1% on Monday after banks gained ahead of a possible half percentage-point rate hike by the Reserve Bank of Australia and as a jump in commodity stocks added support.
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Australian banks enter tech arms race as rising rates squeeze profit

By Byron Kaye SYDNEY, May 18 (Reuters) - The 10-minute home loan - at the tap of a smartphone screen - is emerging as the next frontier in Australian banking as rising interest rates quash a pandemic-fuelled property boom, eating into mortgage income and renewing focus on cost-cutting tech. The Big Four lenders booked blockbuster profit during the COVID-19 pandemic due to a leap of nearly one-third in property prices since 2020, but raging inflation brought a shock rate hike this month and expec
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Australia banks pull forward hike calls after inflation surprise

* ANZ, NAB expect 15 bp May 3 RBA hike * CBA, Westpac see June more likely * Market pulls forward bets on May SINGAPORE, April 27 (Reuters) - Two of Australia's big four banks expect the benchmark cash rate will rise next week and a third sees increased risk of a hike after a surprisingly strong inflation reading on Wednesday. National Australia Bank NAB.AX and ANZ Bank ANZ.AX pulled forward their lift-off forecasts from June to May and expect the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will raise its b
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Australia banks pull forward hike calls after inflation surprise

SINGAPORE, April 27 (Reuters) - Two of Australia's big four banks expect the benchmark cash rate will rise next week and a third sees increased risk of a hike after a surprisingly strong inflation reading on Wednesday. National Australia Bank NAB.AX and ANZ Bank ANZ.AX pulled forward their lift-off forecasts from June to May and expect a 15 basis point hike next Tuesday.
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Australian shares end lower as global rate hike bets firm

(Updates to close) By Navya Mittal April 6 (Reuters) - Australian shares ended lower on Wednesday, weighed by technology stocks which tracked Wall Street overnight, as investors brace for the possibility of aggressive interest rate hikes. The S&P/ASX 200 .AXJO fell as much as 1.2% during the session, but pared some losses to close 0.5% lower at 7490.1 points, in tandem with global markets.
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Australia's Pendal receives $1.8 bln takeover bid from Perpetual, shares soar

* Pendal to receive 1 Perpetual share for every 7.5 stocks * Deal also has a A$1.67/share cash portion * Pendal shares jump 24%, Perpetual drops 6% April 4 (Reuters) - Australia's Pendal Group PDL.AX said on Monday it had received a non-binding takeover offer from asset manager Perpetual Ltd PPT.AX valuing it at A$2.4 billion ($1.80 billion), sending shares of the investment management firm up to 24% higher.
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Dollar in doldrums amid Ukraine hopes, traders weigh Fed's rate plans

By Kevin Buckland TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar headed for its first down week in six versus major peers on Friday, languishing near a one-week low, as investors continued to assess the impact of the start of the Federal Reserve's rate tightening cycle this week. The safe-haven greenback also lost traction - while the euro benefited - as traders stayed optimistic for an end to the war in Ukraine as talks continued between Moscow and Kyiv, although progress on Thursday was elusive.
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Dollar in doldrums amid Ukraine hopes, traders weigh Fed's rate plans

By Kevin Buckland TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar headed for its first down week in six versus major peers on Friday, languishing near a one-week low, as investors continued to assess the impact of the start of the Federal Reserve's rate tightening cycle this week. The safe-haven greenback also lost traction - while the euro benefited - as traders stayed optimistic for an end to the war in Ukraine as talks continued between Moscow and Kyiv, although progress on Thursday was elusive.
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Dollar in doldrums amid Ukraine hopes while traders mull Fed outcome

By Kevin Buckland TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar headed for its first down week in six versus major peers on Friday, languishing near a one-week low, as investors continued to assess the impact of the start of the Federal Reserve rate increase cycle this week. The safe-haven greenback also lost traction - while the euro benefited - as traders stayed optimistic for an end to the war in Ukraine as talks continued between Moscow and Kyiv, although progress on Thursday was elusive.
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Australian shares dragged by miners, gold stocks; Rio Tinto drops

Jan 21 (Reuters) - Australian shares fell on Friday amid a sell-off across sectors, as stocks of mining giant Rio Tinto dropped, gold and mining companies dipped, and cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the country continued to surge. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index .AXJO was down 1% at 7,342.4 points by 2337 GMT, losing 1.6% for the week so far — its worst weekly performance since Oct.
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Westpac economists tip first RBA rate hike as soon as August

SYDNEY, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Australia's central bank could raise interest rates as soon as August as a pick up in inflation and wage growth outweighs the drag on economic activity from a surge in coronavirus cases, analysts at Westpac Bank said on Thursday. Westpac's chief economist Bill Evans said the Omicron outbreak would have its major impact on the economy in January but expected growth to bounce back strongly once the peak of cases had passed.
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