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UPDATE 3-Australia's Caltex shares dive as bleak economic conditions hit profit

20 Jun 2019

* Caltex, Viva Energy shares biggest decliners (Adds analyst comment, division forecast)

Sino-U.S. trade hopes lift Australia shares to 11-yr peak; NZ up

19 Jun 2019

June 19 Australian shares climbed to an 11-year high on Wednesday, as investor sentiment was underpinned by hopes U.S. and Chinese leaders would revive stalled trade talks and on prospects of rate cuts by the Federal Reserve and more policy easing at home.

Australian grocer Coles eyes $685 million in savings, shares jump

18 Jun 2019

SYDNEY/BENGALURU Coles Group Ltd, Australia's second-biggest grocery chain, on Tuesday unveiled a plan to cut A$1 billion ($685 million) in costs over the next four years, as it looks to technology to offset rising labor and energy costs.

UPDATE 2-Australian grocer Coles eyes $685 mln in savings, shares jump

18 Jun 2019

* Company aims to maintain market share amid fierce competition

Australia's Vocus tumbles after AGL backs out of offer for second time

17 Jun 2019

Australia's AGL Energy Ltd withdrew a proposal to buy Vocus Group on Monday, just days after it offered A$3.02 billion ($2.08 billion) for the telecoms firm, knocking Vocus shares down by a third.

Casino operator Melco to buy 20% of Crown Resorts from billionaire Packer

30 May 2019

HONG KONG/BENGALURU Melco Resorts & Entertainment will buy a 20% stake in Australia's Crown Resorts from casino mogul James Packer for A$1.76 billion ($1.22 billion), the U.S. company said, months after Wynn Resorts withdrew an offer to buy Crown.

Bears dig in on Asian currencies as trade war reignites: Reuters poll

23 May 2019

Investors bet most Asian currencies will come under further pressure, a Reuters poll showed, with trade tensions between the United States and China firmly dominating headlines once again.

Australia shares hover at 8-month high, NZ at record peak

24 Apr 2019

April 24 Australian shares were firmly perched at an eight-month high on Wednesday, supported by a strong performance on Wall Street, while a weaker Aussie dollar boosted currency-sensitive stocks.

Australia shares rise to 8-month high on resource sector, NZ at new peak

23 Apr 2019

April 23 Australian shares rose to their highest in nearly eight months on Tuesday buoyed by rising commodity prices and supply concerns that supported oil, while New Zealand shares jumped to a record high.

EM ASIA FX-Asian currencies benefit from China data relief

15 Apr 2019

* South Korean won surges as growth worries abate * Rupiah up on surprise trade surplus * Rupee lower ahead of trade data (Adds text, updates prices) By Nikhil Nainan April 15 Most Asian currencies stepped up against the dollar on Monday as investors took comfort in further signs of stabilisation in the Chinese economy and an upbeat start to U.S. earnings. Chinese data on Friday showed exports rebounded sharply and new bank loans increased far more than expected in March, raising hopes that the world's second-biggest economy is bottoming out after a soft patch. "Chinese 'green shoots' appear to be the catalyst for optimism, lifting bond yields and global equities into the end of last week in what appeared to be all-around 'risk on'", Mizuho Bank said in a note. Markets are now turning their focus to the release of China's first-quarter GDP and activity data on Wednesday. Growth in the first quarter is forecast to have cooled to a 27-year low, though many expect major stimulus measures to filter through in the coming quarters. The yuan edged lower to 6.710, a 0.1 percent drop from Friday's close, pressured by some corporate demand for the greenback. South Korea's won outperformed its regional peers, up 0.6 percent to 1,133.2, as slowdown worries ease. The dollar index, a gauge of the performance of the greenback against a basket of key rival currencies weakened 0.1 percent to 96.857. Elsewhere, Indonesia posted a surprise trade surplus for a second straight month in March. The rupiah was 0.2 percent up at 14,060, a level it held for much of the session. The rupiah, which is at a more than one-month high against the dollar, has been among the best performing currencies this year. On Wednesday, Southeast Asia's largest economy goes to the polls. The election in the world's third-biggest democracy is a repeat of the 2014 contest, and the incumbent, president Joko Widodo, has been comfortably ahead in most surveys after winning by almost six percentage points last time around. The Indian rupee, on the other hand, which also reports trade data for March, weakened 0.2 percent to 69.29 a dollar. "INR may be more vulnerable to the 'twin deficits' risks if trade deficit gets too close to or crosses $10 billion," Mizuho Bank said, as oil prices rise. The Philippine traded sideways for much of the session, but was last up 0.1 percent ahead of remittances data later in the day. Markets in Thailand are closed for a public holiday. CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR Change on the day at 0503 GMT Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move Japan yen 111.930 112 +0.06 Sing dlr 1.353 1.3526 +0.00 Taiwan dlr 30.858 30.880 +0.07 Korean won 1133.200 1139.4 +0.55 Peso 51.660 51.69 +0.06 Rupiah 14060.000 14090 +0.21 Rupee 69.290 69.15 -0.20 Ringgit 4.110 4.112 +0.05 Yuan 6.710 6.7048 -0.07 Change so far in 2019 Currency Latest bid End 2018 Pct Move Japan yen 111.930 109.56 -2.12 Sing dlr 1.353 1.3627 +0.75 Taiwan dlr 30.858 30.733 -0.41 Korean won 1133.200 1115.70 -1.54 Peso 51.660 52.47 +1.57 Rupiah 14060.000 14375 +2.24 Rupee 69.290 69.77 +0.69 Ringgit 4.110 4.1300 +0.49 Yuan 6.710 6.8730 +2.44 (Reporting by Nikhil Kurian Nainan in Bengaluru Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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