The Boeing 777 is favoured by airlines due to its saftey record and has only one fatal crash in its 19-year history.
The Lunar New Year holidays are being blamed for an an unexpected trade deficit of $US22.98 billion in China in February.
Blip or trend? Market analysts react to China's shock trade deficit figures.
Aircraft maker Boeing says cracks have been found in the wings of some of its 787 Dreamliners.
Oil prices have closed up on Friday.
Mystery still surrounds the inventor of the digital currency Bitcoin despite claims that the creator is a model train enthusiast from suburan LA.
Venezuela is being warned by Panama that its decision to cut ties between the countries is not an excuse not to pay off its debt.
Samsung is launching a music service, offering 200 ad-free radio stations to US customers with Galaxy devices.
Early gains in the European markets sunk rapidly as Russian energy giant Gazprom threatened to cut off gas exports to Ukraine.
Shares of Coupons.com gained $US14.40 ($A15.90), or 90 per cent, to $US30.40 in morning trading.
The US private sector hired a net 162,000 more people last month, while government at all levels boosted payrolls by 13,000.
The United States imported $US231.6 billion in goods and services in January, an increase of $US1.3 billion from the previous month.
Four international banks have been cleared of fraud charges, after an Italian court overturned a previous decision.
While the crisis in Ukraine is still to be resolved, investors are focused on economic fundamentals.
The Japanese market got a boost from a weakening yen - which is good for Japanese exporters' profitability.
Legal action has been launched by investors in the company which has declared China's first-ever default on a domestic corporate bond.
RBA governor Glenn Stevens has acknowledged that he's not sure whether the transition away from the mining investmnt boom will proceed smoothly.
Economic optimism is cited for a week-long New Zealand sharemarket rally, with the benchmark index closing at record highs each day.
The kiwi's gain against the greenback is more about US dollar weakness than kiwi strength, says ANZ FX strategist Sam Tuck.
South Australia wants a piece of the iron ore market dominated by the Pilbara, and Iron Road hopes to get a $4.5bn mine in production by 2018.
Fonterra forecasts its New Zealand milk supply to rise 7.5 per cent this year, with a higher farmgate payout and drought not being as bad as last year.
The Japanese government says while Bitcoin is not an official currency, trading in the virtual unit should be subject to taxation.
The Hang Seng Index fell 42.48 points to 22,660.49, while the Shanghai Composite Index edged down 1.67 points to 2,057.91.
Westpac has created a deputy role for CEO Gail Kelly, which will be filled by chief financial officer Phil Coffey.
Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens does not believe Australia has an imminent budget problem, but is concerned about the medium term outlook.
Sharemarket investors can benefit if they look for companies that gain advantage from a lower Australian dollar.
More than 1200 of the 1933 investors in Albany-based The Rare Coin Company, or 62 per cent, have collected their assets after the firm went belly up.
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