Trader John O'Hara wears an Ironman mask as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 27, 2015, in New York. Actors Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr. rang the NYSE opening bell Monday with representatives from Marvel Entertainment.
Haulage contractor McAleese has extended the voluntary suspension of its shares as it continues talks with its troubled client, Atlas Iron. BHP Billiton has been hit with a $522 million bill that the Tax Office says it owes for tax avoidance through its Singapore marketing operations.
She said investors had started to push out "their expectations for a start to the Fed's rate hike cycle ahead of its meeting this week". At 1715 AEST on Monday, the June 2015 10-year bond futures contract was trading at 97.490 , up from 97.465 on Friday.
Asian stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street gained on strong earnings and investors looked ahead to Apple results and this week's U.S. Federal Reserve meeting. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.1 percent to 4,441.93 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.7 percent to 28.245.14.
Asian shares scaled seven-year highs following stellar earnings from a few U.S. hi-tech giants, but investors were cautious ahead of central bank meetings this week in the U.S. and Japan and on apparent deadlock in Greece's talks with creditors. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was rose 0.3 percent in early trade though Japan's Nikkei slipped 0.4 percent, largely on the yen's gains.
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This week, Peter Hooper and his team at Deutsche Bank wrote a big report dissecting the subject of liquidity and defined it - or tried to - as follows: What do we mean by market liquidity? Although there are potentially many different definitions of market liquidity, in its simplest form we think of a liquid market as one in which trades can be executed with some immediacy at low transaction costs. But even within this short and simple definition there are many uncertainties: Does this refer to all trades, regardless of size, or only trades of a "normal" size? What constitutes a low transaction cost, and how do we best measure this? Because of these uncertainties, there is no single best metric for the level of liquidity in a market.
Deutsche Bank says net profit fell to 559 million euros in the first quarter as legal penalties ate into stronger revenues from trading stocks and bonds. The bank had to deduct an additional 1.5 billion euros from earnings to account for penalties it has agreed to pay to authorities in the U.S. and Britain to settle investigations into the bank's role in rigging key interest rate benchmarks and other matters.