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Breaking news business
Jason Cadden 2:25pm All but one of the 15 economists surveyed by AAP are forecasting the RBA's cash rate to remain at 2.5 per cent this year.
Evan Schwarten 1:18pm Dividend increases will be front of mind for many investors this earnings season, and cashed up companies should take note.
4:23pm Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at close on Friday
Rebekah Ison 4:26pm Adventure clothing retailer Kathmandu has increased its earnings forecast after a colder-than-expected July.
Belinda Merhab 12:05pm Sydney home prices have jumped almost 25 per cent in the last two years, but growth is starting to ease to more sustainable levels.
Juergen Baetz 12:05pm The European Union has identified the five Russian banks against which it is imposing sanctions over Moscow's backing of rebels in Ukraine.
6:23pm Real estate prices in San Francisco have risen so much that $US1 million now barely buys a 243sq metre home that needs work and may not include parking.
9:58am Kathmandu shares have jumped five per cent on the NZX after the cold snap in Australia and NZ has boosted sales.
12:42pm New NAB boss Andrew Thorburn has put his stamp on the company in his first day on the job, announcing a shake-up of the bank's executive.
6:23pm Manufacturing activity increased in July, the first gain in eight months.
12:05pm LinkedIn shares have risen after the company posted a second-quarter loss of $US1 million, but beat analyst expectations.
Kim Christian 5:05pm Woodside shareholders have scuttled a $3 billion plan to remove Royal Dutch Shell from the share register through a large share buyback
9:58am Mastercard's second quarter profit is up nearly 10 per cent to $US931 million on a 13 per cent lift in revenue to $US2.38 billion.
Candice Choi 9:58am Kelogg's second quarter profit is down 16 per cent $US295 million, while revenue has fallen to $US3.69 billion as dieters desert Special K.
4:49pm It's been a quiet trading session for the Australian bond market ahead of the all-important US non-farm payrolls release.
8:03am Commodities news from around the world
7:15am News from the world’s major stock markets
5:08pm The Australian share market has closed lower in one of its biggest falls for the year so far, after three straight sessions of gains.
Belinda Merhab 5:21pm The Australian dollar has hit a two-month low and could fall further when US jobs figures are released.
9:58am Exxon's sale of power and utility assets in Hong Kong helped increase earnings by $US1.2 billion and masked weak production results.
8:09am US mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year loan slipped to 4.12 per cent from 4.13 per cent last week.
Trevor Chappell Three-dimensional printer 3D Group is set to gain a presence on the Australian Securities Exchange in a reverse takeover deal with Oz Brewing.
Garry Shilson-Josling, AAP Economist Credit, building approvals and export prices data on Thursday illustrate the problems the economy faces and confirm its rebalancing still has a way to go.
Trevor Chappell The departing boss of National Australia Bank says banks need to do more in explaining their big profits to the public and improving their image.
Australia's second largest gold miner Northern Star has beaten its June quarter production target.
Belinda Merhab Building approvals appear to have passed their peak but will continue flowing through to construction, which will support the economy.
Lynas shares have slumped in early trade after the rare earths miner was hit by a slide in prices and continued cash flow problems.
Sonic Healthcare expects a new partnership with top London hospitals to help lift revenue by STG50 million pounds in its first year.
Kim Christian Woodside Petroleum's plan to buy back $US2.7b in shares from Shell looks set to fail, with almost 29 per cent of votes opposing the move.
Jonathan Underhill Melbourne-based New Zealand gold miner OceanaGold has turned around from a first half loss to a profit of $US56.8 million.