AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES ARE BEING TOLD TO HANG ON TO THEIR TOP TALENT AS THE ECONOMY PICKS UP PACE.

THE CLARIUS SKILLS INDEX SAYS A TUG OF WAR IS DEVELOPING OVER THE COUNTRY'S BEST WORKERS, INCLUDING THOSE WHO'VE BEEN MADE REDUNDANT IN THE LEANER TIMES.

LETS LOOK HOW THE MARKETS CLOSED ON FRIDAY.

THE DOW WAS UP 120 POINTS.

THE NASDAQ AND THE S-AND-P 500 WERE ALSO HIGHER.

AND IN LONDON THE FOOTSIE ROSE 44 POINTS.

TO COMMODITY PRICES -

WEST TEXAS CRUDE IS TRADING AT 93 U-S DOLLARS A BARREL.

TAPIS CRUDE IS TRADING AT 119 U-S DOLLARS A BARREL.

AND GOLD IS WORTH 1,579 U-S DOLLARS AN OUNCE.

THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR IS BUYING 103 U-S CENTS, 78 EURO CENTS AND 68 PENCE STERLING.

 

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