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Australia: Market recovers 0.14%

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market was edge higher on Wednesday, 10 October 2018, as investors chased for bargain hunting after headline indices fell to lowest level in four-month on Tuesday. Market gain, was, however, limited as fears of the escalating US-trade war grew and the warned that the country's strong economic growth will peak thanks to rising protectionism. Among ASX issues, gains in shares of healthcare, energy, and telco issues offsets losses in the and sectors. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index added 8.74 points, or 0.14%, at 6,049.81 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index added 8.33 points, or 0.14%, to 6,163.79 points.

The cuts its official growth forecast for and the global on Tuesday. Only three months ago, the IMF had been projecting the global would grow at an annual rate of 3.9% this year and next, but it cut that projection to 3.7% for both years. IMF officials said Donald Trump's trade war with and would likely hit global growth and reverberate through 2019. The escalation of the US president's protectionist policies, which had resulted in the world's largest doubling import duties on some Chinese goods, would negatively affect the growth of the world's largest trading countries, including the US, France, and

Shares of players were mostly higher after rose overnight. WTI crude for November climbed $0.67 or 0.9% to $74.96 a barrel on the rose more than 1% and added 0.2%, while was down 0.1%.

Shares of materials companies were flat, with big players and remained in the green, supported by stronger iron ore and copper prices, while extended losses to 1.5%.

Shares of banks and financial players were lower for a third straight session as the banks cop more flak over revelations of wrongdoing. CBA and its wealth management arm have been hit by a over allegedly uncompetitive superannuation returns, while the Association has unveiled a industry code on that aims to stop lenders from charging dead people.

The big four banks remained down, with ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and all dropping between 0.3% and 0.6%, while was flat.

shares gained more than 21% after Australian education firm's has received a A$1.97 billion takeover bid from a consortium comprising private equity firm BGH Capital, and top shareholder

ECONOMIC NEWS: The survey of consumer sentiment index rose by 1.0% to a reading of 101.5 in October. The sentiment index is in line with its long-term average of 101.5. A reading above 100 denotes optimism.

The number of dwelling starts fell by 5.9% in the June quarter, after an upwardly revised 11.8% lift in the March quarter. Currently, 230,573 homes are being built.

CURRENCY: Australian Dollar was higher against greenback and other major currencies on Wednesday. The Australian dollar was quoted 71.22 US cents, up 0.5% from 70.87 US cents at Tuesday's close.

OFFSHORE MARKET NEWS, US closed mixed on Tuesday, as investors worried about global growth prospects. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 56.21 points or 0.2% to 26,430.57 and the edged down 4.09 points or 0.1% to 2,880.34. The tech-heavy Nasdaq inched up 2.07 points or less than a tenth of a% to 7,738.02

The major European markets ended higher on Tuesday. The German DAX Index and the French Index rose by 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively. The U. K.'s Index inched up by 0.1%.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 11:56 IST