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The US dollar has overcome early losses to end flat against the euro as the yen slipped back.
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Stocks to watch on Thursday

Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange on Thursday
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Gold futures prices are up 0.3 per cent as fears of armed conflict over Ukraine outweigh concern China's demand for the metal will wane.
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LME base metals have closed higher, with copper up 1.2 per cent, after a better-than-expected China GDP figure boosts demand hopes.
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French dairy food giant Danone says the Fonterra food safety warning hit its results as it reports a 5.2 per cent slide to 5.061 billion euros in sales.
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Luxury fashion group Burberry reports increased second quarter sales and an 19 per cent revenue lift for the six months to March to STG1.3 billion.
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Computer company IBM says it's achieved first-quarter earnings of $US2.38 billion, down 21 per cent on the previous year due to reorganisation costs.
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A $US2.5 billion deal to buy Michael Foods Group could be announced by US cereal maker Post Holdings as early as Thursday.
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US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for May delivery has edged up by a penny to $US103.76 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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Google chief executive Larry Page has hailed "another great quarter" for the tech giant, with revenue of $US15.4 billion, up 19 per cent year on year.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 162.29 points (1.00 per cent) at 16,424.85 on Wednesday.
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Growth picks up across most of US

Ten of the Fed's 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey in the US.
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Four commercial banks in South Africa have been fined for failing to take adequate action against money laundering and financing for terrorism.
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In her first major speech on Fed policy, Janet Yellen sought to explain the Fed's shifting guidance on its interest-rate policy.
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European stock markets have rallied following news that China is growing faster and upbeat earnings reports.
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US industrial output modest in March

The US Federal Reserve says its industrial production output index for last month rose to 103.2, an increase of 3.8 per cent from the year-earlier level.
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US housing starts rise in March

Construction of new homes in the US rose again in March as the market emerges from a harsh winter.
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French state pensions and other benefit have been frozen as the country's new prime minister unveils his plan to cut spending.
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Bank of America reports $US276m loss

Legal expenses have caused Bank of America to post a quarterly loss of $US276 million.

Russian economy shrinks 0.5% in Q1

The crisis in Ukraine is affecting the Russian economy, which shrank by 0.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2014.
The UK's economic recovery appears to be picking up speed, as the latest figures show unemployment has fallen below seven per cent.
Better-than-expected growth figures released by China have helped Asian markets rally, with Japan finishing more than three per cent higher.
It's expected that failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox will soon be officially bankrupt, after being placed in administration by a Japanese court.
British supermarket gian Tesco has reported a drop in profits but hopes its expansion into India and China can help offset European weakness.
General Motors will file a motion to seek legal protection against some lawsuits stemming from a faulty ignition switch that goes back a decade.
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange at the close on Wednesday

NZ shares gain on global rally

Diligent Board Member Services has climbed 9.9 per cent to lead gains on the New Zealand sharemarket.
Slower than expected inflation in the March quarter has sparked a fall in the kiwi dollar.
Funds manager Lincoln Indicators says two-thirds of the companies on the Australian share market face rising degrees of risk.
General Motors, in the hot seat for not warning customers about an ignition switch defect, has set up a new team to boost vehicle safety.
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