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Cash rate expected to stay on hold in 2014

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.

Dividends are the key for earnings season

Evan Schwarten 1:18pm Dividend increases will be front of mind for many investors this earnings season, and cashed up companies should take note.

Stocks to watch at close on Friday

4:23pm Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at close on Friday

Cold July helps Kathmandu recover losses


Rebekah Ison 4:26pm Adventure clothing retailer Kathmandu has increased its earnings forecast after a colder-than-expected July.

Home prices still strong, but easing

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.

EU identifies banks it's sanctioning

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.

$US1m won't buy much in San Francisco

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.

Cold snap boost for Kathmandu sales

9:58am Kathmandu shares have jumped five per cent on the NZX after the cold snap in Australia and NZ has boosted sales.

NAB boss announces shake-up

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.

Manufacturing sector bounces back in July


6:23pm Manufacturing activity increased in July, the first gain in eight months.

LinkedIn stock jumps after 2Q results

12:05pm LinkedIn shares have risen after the company posted a second-quarter loss of $US1 million, but beat analyst expectations.

Woodside shareholders scuttle buyback

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

MasterCard 2Q profit rises 9.8 per cent

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.

Kellogg's sales hurt

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.

Aus bond market quiet ahead of US job data

4:49pm It's been a quiet trading session for the Australian bond market ahead of the all-important US non-farm payrolls release.

Commodities markets summary

8:03am Commodities news from around the world

International markets roundup

7:15am News from the world’s major stock markets

Aussie shares fall sharply

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.

$A hits two-month low and may fall further

Belinda Merhab 5:21pm The Australian dollar has hit a two-month low and could fall further when US jobs figures are released.

Exxon profit surges, but production slips

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.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.12%

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.

3D printer seeks ASX presence

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.

Figures illustrate economy's woes

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.

Banks aren't bastards, says NAB boss

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.

Northern Star beats production guidance

Australia's second largest gold miner Northern Star has beaten its June quarter production target.

Building approvals 'passed their peak'

Belinda Merhab Building approvals appear to have passed their peak but will continue flowing through to construction, which will support the economy.

Costs, lower prices drag Lynas shares down

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 partners with London hospitals

Sonic Healthcare expects a new partnership with top London hospitals to help lift revenue by STG50 million pounds in its first year.

Woodside buyback plan set to fail

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.

Filipino boost to OceanaGold bottom line

Jonathan Underhill Melbourne-based New Zealand gold miner OceanaGold has turned around from a first half loss to a profit of $US56.8 million.

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