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Markets Live: ASX ends at six-year high

Patrick Commins, Jens Meyer Live

BHP plunges after the miner postpones a buyback due to its demerger, but the losses are offset by a number of strong earnings reports, including Wesfarmers which also announced a generous payout.

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BHP shares slump on demerger, results

Perry Williams

BHP Billiton’s Australian shares fell by over 4 per cent in early trading, mirroring a similarly steep fall in London overnight, as investors reacted negatively to a controversial $14 billion demerger plan and the lack of a mooted $3 billion buyback.

Cash is king as funds brace for correction

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman

Some of the country’s leading fund managers are increasing their cash holdings as they try to protect investor returns against a possible market correction.

US stocks rise on housing data

US stocks have finished with solid gains following encouraging economic data and a solid earnings report from Home Depot.

Market Activity

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Advances
228 48.41%
Declines
177 37.58%
Unchanged
66 14.01%

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Currencies

Wholesale Interbank Rates
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Currencies Buys($AU1) Sells($AU1) $ Movement % Movement
AUD/USD 0.9290 0.9285 -0.0014 -0.15%
AUD/EUR 0.6989 0.6984 0.0003 0.04%

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Market Details

Volatility S&P ASX 200
11.09
-0.62 (-5.29%)
Turnover
Sector Turnover($AU) Volume Trades
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Market total 5,015,527,403 1,925,471,110 772,712
Industrial 3,618,358,524 817,038,616 614,098
Mining 1,221,410,477 1,107,910,456 149,812

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Chocolates, Arsenal and Warren Buffett

Patrick Commins

While the investment world fixates on Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway stock cracking $US200,000 per share for the first time, there are some other listed companies where you’d get little change for that kind of money.

'Phenomenal' Chinese demand to continue

Patrick Commins

House hunters may complain, but the “phenomenal” influx of Chinese money into the local residential property market may be the best thing that happened to the local economy.

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S&P ASX200 Top Gainers

Company Price %
S&P DOW JONES INDICES
QBE INSURANCE GROUP 11.310 5.60
NRW HOLDINGS LIMITED 1.095 5.29
AMCOR LIMITED 11.210 4.28
SKILLED GROUP LTD 2.830 4.04
STHN CROSS MEDIA 1.185 3.95

S&P ASX200 Top Losers

Company Price %
Last updated:
MEDUSA MINING LTD 1.300 -6.14
SUNCORP GROUP LTD 14.540 -4.72
TRANSPACIFIC INDUST. 0.930 -4.12
BHP BILLITON LIMITED 38.130 -3.91
NORTHERN STAR 1.810 -3.47

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ASX - 52 Weeks Highs

Code Name New Highs Last Week Last Month
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KEY KEY PETROLEUM 0.034 0.015 0.018
RVR RED RIVER RESOURCES 0.290 0.220 0.250
BSN BISAN LIMITED 0.050 0.040 0.044
NWF NEWFIELD RESOURCES 0.520 0.450 0.400
REY REY RESOURCES LTD 0.150 0.130 0.140

ASX - 52 Weeks Lows

Code Name New Lows Last Week Last Month
Last updated:
SIX SPRINTEX LTD 0.002 0.004 0.006
TPI TRANSPACIFIC INDUST. 0.795 1.080 1.005
FFG FATFISH INTERNET GRP 0.175 0.215 0.200
CUP COUNTPLUS LIMITED 1.400 1.700 1.715
FZR FITZROY RIVER CORP 0.230 0.260 0.260

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Dividend Calendar
Code Date Payable Div Amount
AOD 20 Aug 2014 0.0050
ASW 20 Aug 2014 0.0185
SGT 22 Aug 2014 0.0859
DUE 22 Aug 2014 0.0850
DJW 22 Aug 2014 0.1600
APZ 25 Aug 2014 0.0400
OZG 25 Aug 2014 0.0075
WIC 25 Aug 2014 0.0450
COO 25 Aug 2014 0.0060
AAI 25 Aug 2014 0.0226

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Company Security Code Float date Issue $
Ashley Services Group Limited ASH 21/08/2014 1.66
BPS Technology Limited BPS 04/09/2014 1.00
China Mining Limited CMF 0.20
8Common Limited ECO 22/08/2014 0.25
Huayi Resources Limited HUA 0.20