Westpac says it is waiting for an apparent rise in consumer and business confidence to translate into greater lending activity.
Energy retailer AGL and its marketing company have been fined over the conduct of a door-to-door salesman.
ANZ has left its interest rates unchanged for another month, and decided to drop its monthly review of business loan rates.
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Wesfarmers will sell a 40 per cent stake in its industrial gas producer ALWA to Air Liquide Australia, reaping a $95m and giving Air Liquide full control
The Australian dollar has fallen to its lowest point since August after the Reserve Bank governor said he would like the currency to drop.
Australian shares are flat as a weakening local currency convinces foreign investors to sell banking stocks.
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at noon on Friday
Canadian milk products group has extended its takeover offer for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter until December 20.
The Australian dollar has fallen to its lowest level since August after Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens said it was still too high.
Yancoal Australia's chief shareholder Yanzhou Coal has provided a $281 million unsecured loan.
After six straight days of losses, Australian shares may be set to avoid a seventh backward session.
US stocks have declined for the third straight day as positive data fuelled speculation the US Federal Reserve will move to taper its stimulus program.
The Australian dollar has fallen to its lowest point since August after comments from the RBA governor and strong US retail figures.
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Friday
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Gold futures have fallen 2.6 per cent as investors increasingly expect the Federal Reserve will soon cut its stimulus measures.
Base metals on the LME have finished little change with copper up 0.1 per cent, although aluminium was 1.5 per cent lower.
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The Australian sharemarket looks set to open lower
The Australian dollar has fallen below 90 US cents.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dropped 0.96 per cent to 6,445.25 points on Thursday, while Frankfurt's DAX 30 fell 0.66 per cent to 9,017 points.
RBA chief Glenn Stevens says he'd like to see a fall in the Australian dollar as a way to lift the local economy.
Eurozone industrial output fell sharply in October, leading to concerns a fragile recovery from recession could be stalling.
Australians will spend an extra $2.2 billion this Christmas, on gifts, holidays and food.
European stock markets are down in opening exchanges.
The Australian dollar is weaker as traders overlook the creation of 21,000 new jobs in November and focus on a rise in the unemployment rate.
The Australian share market closed weaker for a 6th consecutive session, suggesting traders have decided to book profits after a year of gains
Three foreign airlines Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways and Air New Zealand will increase their stakes in Virgin Australia as part of $351m raising
The unemployment rate is virtually static, thanks to the ageing of the population and weak jobs growth dragging people out of the labour market.
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