TO FINANCE, THE RESERVE BANK BOARD IS BEING TIPPED TO LEAVE INTEREST RATES ON HOLD WHEN IT MEETS TOMORROW.

MOST ECONOMISTS SURVEYED EXPECT THE CASH RATE TO STAY AT THREE PERCENT.

THEY SAY AN IMPROVING OUTLOOK FOR THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND A PICK UP IN THE PROPERTY MARKET MAKE A RATE CUT UNLIKELY.

BUT FURTHER RATE CUTS ARE STILL ON THE CARDS FOR LATER IN THE YEAR.

SOME ANALYSTS ARE PREDICTING RATES COULD DROP AS LOW AS TWO AND A HALF PERCENT BY THE MIDDLE ON THE YEAR.

LONDON'S ICONIC BLACK TAXIS ARE BEING GIVEN A REPRIEVE.

CHINESE CAR MAKER, GEELY HAS BOUGHT THE STRUGGLING CAB MANUFACTURER FOR MORE THAN 17 MILLION DOLLARS.

L-T-I WENT INTO ADMINISTRATION IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

MORE THAN HALF THE COMPANY'S 176 WORKERS LOST THEIR JOBS.

THE DEAL WILL SAFEGUARD PRODUCTION OF THE TAXIS IN THE U-K.

TO THE OVERSEAS MARKETS NOW...

THE DOW CLOSED JUST OVER ONE PERCENT HIGHER ON FRIDAY, AS DID THE NASDAQ AND THE S-AND-P 500

OVER IN LONDON, THE FOOTSIE FINISHED THE WEEK 70 POINTS HIGHER

TO COMMODITY PRICES -

WEST TEXAS CRUDE IS TRADING AT 98 U-S DOLLARS A BARREL.

TAPIS CRUDE IS TRADING AT 123 U-S DOLLARS A BARREL.

AND GOLD IS WORTH 16-HUNDRED AND 67 U-S DOLLARS AN OUNCE.

THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR IS BUYING 104 U-S CENTS, 76 EURO CENTS AND 66 PENCE STERLING.