* RBA Governor Lowe's speech on Sept. 24 closely watched
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Sept 20 Australian shares rose on Friday and
were on track for a fifth straight weekly gain, as an October
rate cut by the country's central bank appeared more certain
following weak domestic jobless data that heightened growth
* Aussie jobless rate worsens, reinforces c.bank stimulus
Sept 19 Australian shares inched up on Thursday,
mirroring regional gains after the U.S. Federal Reserve lowered
interest rates as expected, but offered mixed signals on their
next move, nudging markets to step cautiously.
Sept 18 Energy stocks pulled Australian shares
lower on Wednesday, with investors cautious ahead of the U.S.
Federal Reserve's rate decision and key domestic employment
Sept 18 Australian shares eased slightly in
cautious trade ahead of domestic employment data and the U.S.
Federal Reserve's rate decision later on Wednesday, with
resource stocks as top drags.
Sept 17 Australian shares rose on Tuesday, with
the healthcare sector leading gains, as minutes of the central
bank's September policy meeting affirmed it was open to further
rate cuts, helping the benchmark index recoup earlier losses.
Sept 17 Australian shares were subdued on
Tuesday, as markets trod cautiously in the wake of heightened
tensions in the Middle East and ahead of the U.S. Federal
Reserve's policy meeting this week.
Sept 16 Australian shares advanced marginally on
Monday, as huge gains in the energy sector, inspired by a leap
in oil prices, were limited by downward trending financials,
amid global growth jitters.
Sept 16 A sharp jump in energy stocks on the
back of a surge in global oil prices was not quite enough to
lift the Australian market on Monday, as the heavyweight
financial index dragged on the bourse amid caution on global