THE SHAREMARKET TURNED AROUND EARLIER LOSSES AND NOW RISING OFF THE BACK OF MUCH BETTER THAN EXPECTED CHINESE TRADE DATA... THE MARKETS PUT ON AROUND A THIRD OF A PER CENT.

ACROSS THE REGION...

ASIAN MARKETS HAVE BEEN BUOYED... THE NIKKEI UP THREE QUARTERS OF A PER CENT. TO COMMODITIES...

AND OIL IS NOW CLIMBING AFTER CHINA'S TRADE SURPLUS SPARKED HOPES THE WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST ECONOMY AND BIGGEST ENERGY USER IS FIRING UP AGAIN.

WTC CLOSED DOWN OVERNIGHT.

TAKING A LOOK AT THE DOLLAR. THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR HAS JUMPED AFTER CHINESE IMPORTS GREW BY MUCH MORE THAN EXPECTED IN DECEMBER.

ITS NOW BUYING XXX

OFFICIAL FIGURES OUT OF BEIJING SHOW CHINA'S TRADE BOOMED LAST MONTH WITH IMPORTS AND EXPORTS RISING. IMPORTS ROSE SIX PER CENT, DOUBLE WHAT THE MARKET WAS EXPECTING.

IMPORTS OF IRON ORE SURGED. EXPORTS JUMPED 14 PER CENT IN THE MONTH INDICATING IMPROVED GLOBAL DEMAND.... PARTICULARLY CHINAS BIGGEST CUSTOMER EUROPE.

CHINA'S TRADE SURPLUS TO BLEW OUT TO 31-POINT-SIX BILLION DOLLARS... WHICH IS WELL ABOVE EXPECTATIONS.

A GOOD SIGN FOR THE BUILDING INDUSTRY... OFFICIAL FIGURES SHOW A RISE IN THE NUMBER OF HOMES APPROVED FOR CONSTRUCTION IN NOVEMBER. BUREAU OF STATISTICS FIGURES SHOW DWELLING APPROVALS INCREASED AS EXPECTED BY TWO-POINT-NINE PER CENT IN THE MONTH MAKING UP HALF OF THE DROP SEEN THE MONTH BEFORE.

THE VALUE OF RENOVATION APPROVALS FELL 2 PER CENT IN THE MONTH, LEAVING IT DOWN 6 PER CENT FOR THE YEAR.

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