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China surprises by cutting interest rates

China's central bank on Friday announced a surprise cut to interest rates, in the clearest sign yet that policymakers are growing increasingly concerned the country's economic slowdown.

ECB chief ramps up stimulus pledge

Paul Gordon, Jeff Black and Stefan Riecher

Mario Draghi strengthened his stimulus pledge for the euro area by saying the European Central Bank can't hold back in its fight to revive the economy.

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Yen tipped to continue slide against US dollar

STEPHEN CAUCHI

A striking US dollar rally against the yen, which catapulted the greenback to new seven-year highs against the Japanese currency, has led to a half-hearted verbal intervention in Tokyo. But a reversal is unlikely in the immediate future, analysts say.

Wholesale Interbank Rates
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Currencies Buys($AU1) Sells($AU1) $ Movement % Movement
AUD/USD 0.8675 0.8665 0.0049 0.57%
AUD/EUR 0.7003 0.6992 0.0122 1.74%

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Volatility S&P ASX 200
14.78
-1.99 (-11.86%)
Turnover
Sector Turnover($AU) Volume Trades
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Market total 4,061,554,772 1,552,224,192 734,969
Industrial 3,182,736,154 772,329,917 579,454
Mining 817,574,244 779,243,603 149,740

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Scott Phillips

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Beware the 'falling knife'

Scott Phillips

Have you seen the share prices of mining services companies recently? In most cases, you could be excused for reaching for the magnifying glass.

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S&P ASX200 Top Gainers

Company Price %
S&P DOW JONES INDICES
BEACH ENERGY LIMITED 1.100 8.37
LYNAS CORPORATION 0.060 7.14
HORIZON OIL LIMITED 0.235 6.82
BEADELL RESOURCE LTD 0.240 6.67
DRILLSEARCH ENERGY 1.090 6.34

S&P ASX200 Top Losers

Company Price %
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CARDNO LIMITED 3.610 -24.95
ATLAS IRON LIMITED 0.200 -6.98
UGL LIMITED 2.240 -5.88
DUET GROUP 2.440 -4.69
AUSNET SERVICES 1.325 -4.33

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ASX - 52 Weeks Highs

Code Name New Highs Last Week Last Month
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SKF SKYFII LTD 0.260 0.007 0.007
1PG 1-PAGE LTD 0.680 0.420 0.430
OCC ORTHOCELL LIMITED 0.485 0.390 0.355
FNP FREEDOM FOOD LTD 3.510 3.000 3.110
ELD ELDERS LIMITED 0.235 0.215 0.190

ASX - 52 Weeks Lows

Code Name New Lows Last Week Last Month
Last updated:
IPB IPB PETROLEUM LTD 0.040 0.330 0.320
QFX QUICKFLIX LIMITED 0.002 0.005 0.006
IRG INTEGRATED RESOURCES 0.001 0.002 0.002
GLF GULF IND LTD 0.001 0.002 0.001
WTR WORLD TITANIUM RES 0.017 0.030 0.031

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Dividend Calendar
Code Date Payable Div Amount
AAI 25 Nov 2014 0.0242
DGH 26 Nov 2014 0.0200
MGP 26 Nov 2014 0.0020
BOQ 27 Nov 2014 0.3400
BKW 27 Nov 2014 0.2800
ZGL 28 Nov 2014 0.0045
EAL 28 Nov 2014 0.0275
SHU 29 Nov 2014 0.0250
GAP 01 Dec 2014 0.0135
HVN 01 Dec 2014 0.0800

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Company Security Code Float date Issue $
8I Holdings Ltd 8IH 22/12/2014 0.20
Australian Careers Network Limited ACO 28/11/2014 2.50
Aconex Limited ACX 09/12/2014 1.90
Aeeris Ltd AER 24/12/2014 0.25
Ascend Biopharmaceuticals Limited ASE 0.35