Australian shares dropped on Monday as investors were nervous ahead of the EU meeting over Greek debt. Trading was quiet in local market while most Asian bourses were closed for Lunar New Year on Monday, Wall Street also closed because of a public holiday. At the close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index fell 16.6 points, or 0.4 per cent, at 4545.5, while the broader All Ordinaries index shed 18.4 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 4570.4.
US stocks fell for a second day on Thursday as investors worried over the key employment figures, which are scheduled to release on Friday. Most economists expect the data will show the unemployment rate climbed to 9.6 per cent, from a 26-year high of 9.5 per cent in June.
Yesterday the Australian share market ended lower. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 fell 36.3 points yesterday, or 0.91 per cent, at 3934.9, while the broader All Ordinaries was down 35.4 points, or 0.89 per cent, to 3933.6. Overnight the stronger commodities prices in New York may boost the local market today.
Yesterday Australian market was marginally higher, boosted by rally overseas. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 gained 7.4 points, or 0.19 per cent, at 3890.4, while the broader All Ordinaries rose 16.2 points, or 0.42 per cent, to 3862.2.
The Australian share market closed higher on Tuesday, as the central bank's interest rate cut bolstered the financial stocks. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index ended up 11.3 points, or 0.32 per cent, at 3,508.7 while the broader All Ordinaries index was 5.6 points stronger, up 0.16 per cent, at 3,449.1. Today investors may focus their attention on the earnings report of BHP Billiton and the decision by the four major banks after RBA's rate cut.
The Australia share market closed marginally weaker after a 75 basis point interest rate cut by the RBA boosted the bourse back from earlier sharply lower levels. The deep cut mirrors RBA's worry about the domestic and global economic outlook. Analysts said the Australia market may have hit the bottom last week at about 3600 points, and the Democratic win in the US election will also give a positive lead to the Australia market.
Yesterday Australian shares closed higher for the first time in six days. At the close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 share index was up 1.3%, or 51 points, to 3845.6, after earlier advancing more than 4.8%. Analysts said the market could continue to fall until a few basic fundamentals such as US housing sales, interbank lending, and commodity prices improve.
The share market dropped almost 2% yesterday after Wall Street dropped 4% to its lowest close since the September 2001 terrorist attacks. A late rally among major banks and gains in resources stocks kept the local damage from the fall out from the Lehman Brothers collapse to a minimum. The losses were not as bad as expected but the combined losses of the past two days were significant.
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