AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INCREASED SLIGHTLY, DESPITE CONDITIONS REMAINING TOUGH.

THE NAB SURVEY FOR JANUARY SHOWS CONFIDENCE INCREASED AS FEARS ABOUT THE GLOBAL ECONOMY EASED.

BUSINESS CONDITIONS ALSO SLIGHTLY IMPROVED BUT REMAIN IN NEGATIVE TERRITORY.

NAB DOESN'T EXPECT IMPROVED CONFIDENCE WILL BE ENOUGH TO CHARGE ECONOMIC GROWTH.

THE RESERVE BANK HAS AGREED TO SELL ITS 50 PER CENT STAKE IN THE SCANDAL-HIT BANKNOTE MATERIAL COMPANY SECURENCY INTERNATIONAL

THE R-B-A SAYS THE BRITISH MANUFACTURER INNOVIA FILMS, WHICH ALREADY OWNS HALF OF SECURENCY, WILL BUY THE REMAINDER OF THE COMPANY FOR 65 MILLION DOLLARS.

NOTE PRINTING AUSTRALIA, WHICH PRINTS AUSTRALIA'S NOTES, WILL REMAIN FULLY OWNED BY THE RBA.

FORMER EMPLOYEES OF SECURENCY AND NOTE PRINTING AUSTRALIA ARE FACING CHARGES OVER BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS

TAKING A LOOK AT THE MARKETS...

LOCAL STOCKS OPENED HIGHER AND THE ALL ORDS BROKE THROUGHT THE FIVE-THOSUAND MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE APRIL 2011.

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US STOCKS SLIPPED OVERNIGHT ... THE DOW LSOT A THIRD OF A PER CENT

ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OVERNIGHT THE FTSE 100 WAS LIFTED BY STRENGTH IN ENERGY STOCKS AND FOOD RETAILERS,

BUT GAINS WERE CAPPED BY INVESTORS UNWILLING TO BREAK THROUGH THE FOUR-AND-A-HALF YEAR HIGH HIT AT THE START OF FEBRUARY.

TAKING A LOOK AT COMMODITIES...

THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR IS ... DOWN HALF A CENT ON THIS TIME YESTERDAY...

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