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UPDATE 1-New Zealand/Australia Morning Call-Global markets
February 21, 2016 / 8:47 PM / 2 years ago

UPDATE 1-New Zealand/Australia Morning Call-Global markets

(Add Australian stock market trend)
Snapshot at: 07:42 / 2042 GMT
Stock Markets           NetChng                          NetChng
S&P/ASX 200    4,952.80  -39.20  NZSX 50        6,141.71  +30.62
DJIA          16,391.99  -21.44  Nikkei        15,967.17 -229.63
NASDAQ         4,504.43  +16.89  FTSE           5,950.23  -21.72
S&P 500        1,917.78   -0.05  Hang Seng     19,285.50  -77.58
SPI 200 Fut    4,919.00   -1.00  STI            2,656.87   -0.70
SSEC           2,861.38   -1.51
Bonds                    NetChg                           NetChg
AU 10 YR Bond     2.454  +0.022  US 10 YR Bond     1.743  +0.000
NZ 10 YR Bond     3.075  -0.010  US 30 YR Bond     2.606  +0.000
Currencies              1700GMT                          1700GMT
AUD US$          0.7149  0.7117  NZD US$          0.6637  0.6624
EUR US$          1.1119  1.1112  Yen US$          112.43  113.09
Gold (Lon)     1,231.15          Silver (Lon)      15.33
Gold (NY)      1,227.81          Light Crude       29.64
TRJCRB Index     159.63   -2.26
Overnight market action with latest New York figures.

    NEW YORK -  Wall Street ended little changed on Friday, as
Applied Materials helped lift the tech sector and
offset a renewed drop in oil prices, with major indexes capping
their best week of the year.
    The Dow Jones industrial average fell 21.44 points,
or 0.13 percent, to 16,391.99. The S&P 500 lost 0.05
points, ending roughly flat, at 1,917.78. The Nasdaq Composite
 added 16.89 points, or 0.38 percent, to 4,504.43.
    For a full report, double click on 
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    LONDON - Britain's top share index fell on Friday as energy
stocks came under pressure again from dropping oil prices,
although the index recorded its best weekly performance since
October following strong gains in the previous sessions.
    The benchmark FTSE 100 index finished 0.4 percent
weaker at 5,950.23 points after hitting a two-week high in the
previous session. It gained more than 4 percent this week.
    For a full report, double click on 
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    TOKYO - Japanese stocks fell on Friday in thin trade as a
stronger yen and retreating oil prices sapped risk appetite.
    The Nikkei share average ended 1.4 percent lower at
15,967.17, but was still up 6.8 percent for the week after
suffering a sizable 11.1 percent decline the previous week.
    For a full report, double click on 
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    SYDNEY - Australian shares are set with a quiet start on
Monday tracking a flat session on Wall Street, with natural
resources stocks likely to receive a boost after a rise in metal
    Global miner BHP Billiton BHP.AX is expected to open around
1 percent higher after a gain in its U.S. ADRs. 
    Local share price index futures was unchanged at
4,919 to the close of the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index 
on Friday.
    The benchmark jumped nearly 4 percent last week, reverting
the previous week's losses.
    Earnings season continues with with Boart Longyear,
Bluescope Steel, UGL, NIB, Spark 
Infrastructure due to release results.
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    NEW YORK - The yen rose sharply against the euro and dollar
on Friday after yet another downbeat session for oil prices and
stock markets worldwide, underscoring worries about global
    U.S. data this week has been generally positive, however,
helping the dollar index post its best weekly performance
in about two months.
    For a full report, double click on 
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    NEW YORK - Yields on shorter-dated U.S. Treasury debt rose
on Friday as a stronger-than-expected report on consumer prices
in January kindled bets the Federal Reserve may raise interest
rates swifter than some traders had anticipated.
    Two-year Treasury notes, which are the most
sensitive to traders' view on Fed policy, fell 2/32 in price to
yield 0.746 percent, up over 3 basis points from Thursday.
Two-year yield booked a weekly gain of 5 basis points for the
    For a full report, double click on 
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    NEW YORK - Gold eased on Friday as investors cashed in some
of the previous day's 2 percent gains, though expectations that
rock-bottom interest rates would persist served to keep prices
above $1,225 an ounce.
    Spot gold was down 0.04 percent at $1,231.43 an ounce
at 2:40 p.m. EST (1940 GMT), and was on track to finish the week
down 0.5 percent, its first week down in five weeks.
    For a full report, double click on 
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    LONDON - Copper, zinc and nickel prices hit their highest
levels in about two weeks on Friday on brighter prospects for
Chinese demand and concern about the potential for looming
    Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange hit
a peak of $4,631.50 a tonne, the highest since Feb. 9, before
paring gains to close up 1 percent at $4,621.
    For a full report, double click on 
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    NEW YORK - Oil prices fell 4 percent on Friday, with Brent
down a third straight week, as record high U.S. crude stockpiles
intensified worries that a plan to freeze world output will do
little or nothing to reduce massive oil supplies already in the
  Brent crude settled $1.27, or 3.7 percent, lower at
$33.01 a barrel. U.S. crude lost $1.13, also finishing
3.7 percent lower at $29.64.  
    For a full report, double click on 
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