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High $A may lead to rate cut

Jonathan Shapiro

The Reserve Bank may be forced to cut the official cash rate before the end of the year to beat back of a wall of foreign money that has driven the Australian dollar higher, according to Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s bond expert Phil Moffitt.

Confidence falls among big firms

Luke Malpass

Business confidence among Australia’s largest listed firms has fallen sharply over the June quarter, undermined by the tight federal budget and coinciding with a reluctance to spend.

Miners push back against China

PETER KER

Australian iron ore miners have sought to variate crucial reference points that help to set contract prices for the bulk commodity, in a bid to temper China's push for lower prices.

Qantas, Virgin in sights of ACCC

Jamie Freed

The competition regulator is making enquiries to determine whether Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia Holdings have made misleading statements in relation to their ability to recover the carbon tax.

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Texas' big bet on wind power

Matthew L. Wald

The US state most synonymous with oil is conducting a vast “build it and they will come” experiment with wind power.

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US stocks little changed after big deals

US stocks have finished mixed following prominent corporate deals and a drop in pending home sales as investors look ahead to fresh earnings and labour market data.

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Strippers 'part of doing business'

Rachel Nickless, senior AFR reporter

When it comes to executives using strippers and prostitutes to please clients, The Wolf of Wall Street has nothing on reality, says high-profile sexual harassment lawyer Michael Harmer.

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$A climbs on China factory PMI data

The Australian dollar hit a three-week high on Thursday after a closely watched survey showed activity in China's factory sector in July expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months.

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Yowie to break into US market

Richard Hemming

The size of the North American market means CEO Wayne Loxton's plans for growth look promising.

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The Business Week ahead

Nothing seems to attract eyeballs more than real estate stories. Michael Pascoe comments.

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