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The market is having a horrid day – down 217 or 5.1% - on the back of heavy falls on Wall Street overnight. The SFE Futures predicted a 301 point fall this morning. All sectors well down, resources underperforming – down 9.4% - led by the big boys BHP down 9.8%, Rio Tinto down 13.7% and Fortescue Metals down 10.4%. 54 stocks among the All Ords have hit fresh yearly lows.

Global Markets Plunge
added: 16-10-2008

The China boom is over, ended by Rio Tinto in its third quarter production review. Not quite ended by Rio, more recognised in a dose of realism that puts the BHP Billiton 3.4 share offer on a new footing.

The U.S. just joined the European Union in setting a date certain to ban their mercury exports, thereby reducing the supply of commodity mercury into the world market.

US Bank Bailouts Detailed
added: 15-10-2008

We saw the final shape of the global bank bail-out and guarantee program overnight, our time, with the Bush Administration revealing a $US250 billion first stage to inject capital into sound, but needy groups and to guarantee some bank debt for three years.

Stock Markets Surged Worldwide
added: 14-10-2008

Markets surged worldwide, rebounding from their worst week in decades, after governments in Australia, Europe, the US and Asia agreed to support banks and combat the credit crisis.

A bad week for commodities last week which helped on Friday to hit some sectors of the US stockmarket during the day of wild swings.

Well, New Zealand, Australia and then other Asian markets will take the lead today as the US has a part public holiday tonight for Columbus Day.

The 15 eurozone countries will guarantee banks and inter-bank lending. A meeting in Paris last night revealed the details of the plan.

The 13 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) pumped an average 32.47 million barrels per day (b/d) of crude oil in September, a Platts survey of OPEC and oil industry officials showed today. This is down 340,000 barrels per day from August and reflects output declines in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Angola.

There were three IPOs in September, one each on the TSE Mothers, OSE Hercules and JASDAQ markets. Thus far in 2008, there have been 32 IPOs: 11 on JASDAQ, 9 on TSE Mothers, 6 on OSE Hercules, 3 on the TSE 2nd section, and one each on the Nagoya Centrex, Sapporo Ambitious and JASDAQ NEO markets.

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