THE STEEL PRODUCER, BLUESCOPE STEEL HAS ANNOUNCED A LOSS OF 12-MILLION DOLLARS

BUT THE LOSS IS A BIG IMPROVEMENT ON THE 530-MILLION DOLLARS LOSS IT REPORTED DURING THE SAME PERIOD THE YEAR BEFORE.

THE COMPANY SAYS IT'S AN ENCOURAGING RESULT, AMID VERY DIFFICULT TRADING CONDITIONS.

BENDIGO ADELAIDE BANK HAS SEEN PROFITS SPIKE ...

THE BANK'S MADE A FIRST HALF PROFIT OF 189 MILLION DOLLARS... UP 227 PER CENT ON THE YEAR BEFORE.

A FULLY FRANKED INTERIM DIVIDEND OF 30 CENTS PER SHARE WILL BE PAID TO INVESTORS.

THE BANK SAYS ITS STRATEGY OF FOCUSING ON CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT AND EFFICIENCY HAS HELD THE COMPANY IN GOOD STEAD.

THE PROPERTY DEVELOPER, LEND LEASE HAS REPORTED A SIGNIFICANT 39 PER CENT RISE IN HALF-YEAR PROFIT TO 302 MILLION DOLLARS.

LEND LEASE SAYS THE RESULT'S BEEN BOOSTED BY EARNINGS FROM BARANGAROO IN SYDNEY.

THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURER, N-I-B SAYS HIGHER THAN EXPECTED CLAIMS COSTS HAVE WEIGHED ON ITS HALF-YEAR PROFIT.. WHICH IS DOWN TO 36 MILLION DOLLARS.

TAKING A LOOK AT MARKET REACTION TO THOSE RESULTS..

BLUESCOPE STREAKING AHEAD ON SIGNS THE COMPANY'S RESTRUCTURE IS IMPROVING RESULTS.

SPECIALTY FASHION REOPRTED A 200 PER CENT JUMP IN

THE BROADER MARKET CLIMBING AGAINST EXPECTATIONS OF A FLAT START...

THE ASX 200 ADDING HALF A PER CENT

TAKING A LOOK AT COMMODITIES... xxx

THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR BELOW ITS AVERAGE..

 

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