Gold fell for a seventh straight session on Friday, its longest losing streak in four years, as the US dollar rose to the highest since 2008.
Europe’s main stock markets have rebounded, with Frankfurt hitting arecord and Paris jumping above 4000 points for the first time since July 2011 as traders went bargain-hunting.
World oil prices have risen for the third day in a row after a better-than-expected reading on US consumer confidence boosted hopes for stronger energy demand.
The $4 billion Marina Bay Financial Centre was officially opened on Wednesday in Singapore, with three office towers finished on schedule and close to 100 per cent occupied, defying the slowness of the country's economy.
Over a period in commercial and corporate real estate, I have often seen businesses with the misguided view that once they've signed a commercial or retail lease, it can simply be shoved into a drawer and they can wait another five years before looking at it.
It's an industry that mixes science, hope and big bucks. And now it's heading to the sharemarket, breaking a drought in big initial public offerings and lining the pockets of its private equity and medical owners.
The embattled coal baron Nathan Tinkler has reached an in-principle settlement with the Australian Tax Office over debts owed by several of his companies.
Hard on the heels of its outlay exceeding $500 million for a large stake in the power network in South Australia, China's State Grid has paid an estimated $3 billion-plus for control of the main gas network in much of eastern Australia along with a one-fifth interest in SP Ausnet.
Mass consumption is coming of age in the internet era, write Richard Cooper and Richard Dobbs.
US stocks continued their climb into uncharted territory, racking up the fourth week of gains in a row.
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