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Colgate fined for dirty detergent deal

8:05pm Colgate-Palmolive has admitted to controlling the price of laundry detergents by colluding with other suppliers.

Tourism grows faster than the economy

6:03pm Australia's tourism industry grew at a faster rate than the economy in 2014/15, increasing to three per cent of the total GDP.

Telstra's NBN presence concerns small ISPs

Petrina Berry 5:28pm An organisation representing smaller internet providers say the ACCC's first report into the NBN shows Telstra's growing market share is worrying.

Nine switches regional TV partners

5:14pm Nine and Southern Cross Austereo have signed a new affiliation deal that is likely to create major changes for regional TV broadcasters.

Crowdfund group still wants Kidman

4:13pm Crowdfunding group DomaCom says it has a good chance of buying S Kidman and Co after the Treasurer Scott Morrison blocked the sale.

Business heads join plan for clean energy

Andrew Leeson 4:04pm Business leaders have signed up alongside climate activists to a forum tasked with plotting a rapid transition to a clean energy future for Australia.

Budget tax cuts key for corporate Aust

Prashant Mehra 2:57pm Business lobby groups are seeking a cut in corporate tax to 25 pct in an effort to boost competitiveness and improve investment.

Budget day rate cut too close to call

Marty Silk 2:27pm The chance the Reserve Bank will slash rates to a record low of 1.75 per cent on Tuesday is too close to call.

Morrison faces triple threat on budget day

Lucy Hughes Jones 2:06pm A shocker inflation report could spark a rate cut to a new record low on Tuesday, hours before Treasurer Scott Morrison delivers his pre-election budget.

Yen hits 18-month high on BOJ decision

2:02pm The yen is at an 18-month high of 107.075 against the US dollar firming on news the Bank of Japan will hold off expanding monetary stimulus.

Networks await budget TV licence decision

1:01pm Media reports suggest the federal government is likely to reduce the TV licence fee rather than abolish it in next week's budget.

Nine ditches WIN for Southern Cross

Drew Cratchley and Kim Christian 8:05pm WIN will no longer be Nine's regional TV affiliate after the metro network struck a new deal with Southern Cross.

Reliance soars in plum ASX debut

Angelo Risso 6:44pm Shares in plumbing supplies business Reliance Worldwide have made a soaring ASX debut and delivered a healthy windfall to owners the Munz family.

MG 'comfortable' despite legal threat

2:18pm Slater and Gordon and IMF Bentham are weighing legal action over Murray Goulburn's downgrade but the dairy co-operative says it is "comfortable".

Credit slows ahead of RBA meeting

Garry Shilson-Josling, AAP Economist 2:57pm As the RBA board prepares to decide on interest rates on Tuesday, figures show credit growth slowed in March.

Potential Murray Goulburn class action

12:14pm Law firm Slater and Gordon is considering whether investors have cause to take legal action against dairy producer Murray Goulburn.

Vodafone expecting further Aust growth

11:55am Vodafone Hutchison Australia has told shareholders it expects to continue recent growth in its customer numbers and revenue.

Motorcycle dealer revs up on market debut

Prashant Mehra 5:08pm Shares in Motorcycle Holdings, a major motorcycle dealer, have surged on their first day of trade on the market.

Chipotle makes comeback after E. Coli fall

12:02pm After a 40 per cent slide in share trade following a number of virus outbreaks last year, Chipotle Mexican Grill is on the comeback trail.

Amgen 1Q sales and profit jump

The Associated Press 12:02pm Biologic drugmaker Amgen has lifted first quarter profit by 17 per cent to $US1.9 billion, thanks to surgeing medicine sales.

Broadspectrum shares up as it backs bid

4:52pm Broadspectrum shares have surged after it changed its advice on a takeover following the PNG government's decision to shut the Manus Island centre.

Rio Tinto buys back $US1.36b of debt

9:45am Global miner Rio Tinto is buying back $US1.359 bln of its 2017 corporate notes, as part of efforts to cut costs.

Court approval for Atlas debt restructure

9:05am Atlas Iron says the Federal Court has approved a debt to equity swap deal and that its debt restructuring can now go ahead.

Bluescope lifts US debt fundraising target

8:47am Bluescope says strong investor demand presented an opportunity to increase the size of its US debt offering from $US300 million to $US500 million.

Johnson & Johnson lifts dividend

The Associated Press 10:02am Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson has lifted its dividend for the 54th consecutive time, raising it five cents to US80 cents.

Aust bonds flat ahead of RBA decision

4:53pm Australian bond futures prices have close mixed, albeit small changes compared to Thursday's close, ahead of the RBA's cash rate decision due next week.

Greek deal closer ahead of EU meeting

10:02am EU officials says finance ministers are 99 per cent of the way there in concluding agreed reforms for the Greek debt crisis, ahead of a May 9 meeting.

Amazon shares jump on 1Q earnings

10:02am E-commerce giant's first quarter revenue is up 28 per cent helping it beat market expectations with $US513 million in net income.

Commodities markets summary

8:06am Commodities news from around the world

US backer sells off Apple shares

8:02am A US billionaire investor has sold off his stake in tech giant Apple, saying he is worried about Chinese regulators.

Lower $US helps lift copper prices

8:02am Copper prices have lifted 0.8 per cent, thanks to a weaker US dollar which has lost ground since the Federal Reserve held tight on its key interest rate.

Gold lifts after BOJ kept stimulus on hold

8:02am Gold prices have risen more than one per cent as the Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan hold steady on rates.

Stocks to watch

4:26pm Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange

International markets roundup

7:27am News from the world’s major stock markets

Wall St sinks on BOJ fears, Icahn comments

Laila Kearney 12:19pm Wall Street stocks have tumbled after the Bank of Japan's unexpected decision not to expand its monetary stimulus program.

NZ dollar gains after Japan inaction

8:02am After the Bank of Japan opts not to add more stimulus measures the NZ dollar heads towards 70 US cents.

Banks lead market higher

Trevor Chappell 5:18pm The share market has closed modestly higher as investors sit tight ahead of a big week.

$A marginally higher ahead of RBA decision

6:03pm The Australian dollar has had a lacklustre performance as traders sit on their hands amid uncertainty over Tuesday's interest rate decision.

Comcast buying DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation is being bought by Comcast for approximately $US3.55 billion.

Optus offers data-free music streaming

Lilly Vitorovich In its latest effort to attract new customers, Optus is stepping up its focus on making music streaming much cheaper.

Japanese stimulus inaction sends Y soaring

The yen surged almost 3 per cent against both the US dollar and the euro in a sharp reaction to the BOJ inaction.

Nine wins streaming battle against WIN

Nine Entertainment will be able to keep streaming its channels into regional Australia over the internet after WIN lost a Supreme Court bid to stop it.

Old insurance policies costing customers

Andrew Leeson Old and outdated life insurance policies are costing customers as insurers pass on unwieldy administration fees, APRA says.

Investor backing spurs Reliance IPO price

Angelo Risso Plumbing supplies business Reliance Worldwide will float on the ASX on Friday at the upper end of its expected price range after strong investor demand.

Colgate fined for dirty detergent deal

Colgate-Palmolive has admitted to controlling the price of laundry detergents by colluding with other suppliers.

Blackmores more than doubles its profit

Vitamins and supplements supplier Blackmores says demand from Asia and Australia is driving its monumental sales growth.

Home prices rise 1.5pct in April

Home prices rose 1.5 pct in April after stalling in March, according to preliminary figures from CoreLogic RP Data ahead of detailed data on Monday.

CommInsure review to run into 2017: ASIC

ASIC deputy chair Peter Kell says a review of the life insurance industry will have an initial report this year but a CommInsure probe will take longer.

Quickflix founder steps up attack on Stan

Lilly Vitorovich Quickflix founder Stephen Langsford has accused Stan and Nine of deliberately trying to stifle his business.

ANZ signs up to Apple Pay contactless

ANZ is the first of the big Australian banks to let customers pay with their iPhones and Apple Watches by signing up for Apple Pay.

Japan central bank holds fire on stimulus

The Bank of Japan has decided not to expand its stimulus policies, leaving asset purchases and interest rate policies intact

Brazil central bank keeps rates on hold

Brazil's central bank has left interest rates at 14.25 per cent for the sixth straight time.

Detention centre operator in limbo

Shares in detention centre operator Broadspectrum have been halted from trade due to the impending closure of its Manus facility.

Kiwi jumps against greenback on OCR news

Jonathan Underhill The New Zealand dollar is sitting just below 70 US cents after the Reserve Bank announced it was keeping the official cash rate unchanged at 2.25 per cent.

Yahoo reshuffles board after investor deal

Yahoo has reached a truce with rebellious shareholder Starboard Value, who had been threatening to overthrow the company's board.

Americans get their hands on Aussie undies

Petrina Berry Bonds and Berlei could be about to get into bed with a company that already claims to be the world's largest underwear firm.

Residential housing strong: Stockland

Property developer Stockland has re-affirmed its full-year earnings guidance, saying all its businesses generated positive results in the March quarter.

Aust bonds gain on rate cut chances

Investors are shedding riskier assets and buying Australian bonds with a 50/05 chance of the rate cut next week.

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Copper extends losses into third session

Copper prices have extended their losses, dropping 1.2 per cent, amid dampened sentiment after a Chinese crackdown on speculators.

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