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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Shares in Taiwan closed up 24.99 points, or 0.25 percent, at 9,845.04 Monday on turnover of NT$98.22 billion (US$3.20 billion) amid growing volatility.
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Shares in Australian banking heavyweight Westpac slumped Monday after a worse than expected first-half net profit of AU$3.61 billion (NT$86.5 billion; US$2.82 billion), with solid mortgage lending growth offset by its institutional arm taking a hit.
AmEx to roll out loyalty program Plenti on Monday
American Express will roll out a new loyalty program, Plenti, on Monday, allowing U.S. shoppers for the first time to earn rewards points through a variety of purchases, from paying a phone bill to filling up at the pump.
Greece and its European creditors are finally making progress only days after combative Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was effectively sidelined from talks on its enormous debt, EU sources told AFP Sunday.
Intuit drafting another small business for Super Bowl TV ad
Intuit is looking to draft another small business for some air time in football's biggest game.
Some 10,000 people took to the streets of Chisinau, capital of Europe's poorest nation Moldova, to protest over the disappearance of US$1 billion (NT$30.7 billion) from three banks, police said.
Train drivers for German rail operator Deutsche Bahn announced a week-long strike to start Monday, their eighth work stoppage in 10 months of bitterly contentious wage negotiations.
World stock markets were mostly higher Monday after Wall Street rebounded and China's leaders promised to shore up slowing growth.
The dollar extended gains against the euro in Asia on Monday ahead of the release of a closely watched report on the U.S. labor market, analysts said.
Oil prices fell in Asia Monday as dealers eyed lackluster manufacturing data from China, which raised concerns about weak demand from the world's top energy consumer, analysts said.
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