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Wed, 19 Jan 2022 15:41:08 +1100
Bracing for impact: WA iron ore miners await spread of Omicron
Large iron ore companies including BHP and Rio have had a small taste of the impact the virus has had on operations - the full impact is soon to come.
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Wed, 19 Jan 2022 12:30:00 +1100
Davos without ‘Davos’: A tiny Swiss village is left in limbo
The resort town in the Swiss Alps once played host to the biggest personalities in the world. What happens when they don’t show up?
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Wed, 19 Jan 2022 11:05:00 +1100
What BHP’s big move home means for the Australian sharemarket
After two decades, BHP’s experiment with a complicated corporate structure is about to end, injecting more volatility and some extra risk into the Australian sharemarket.
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Wed, 19 Jan 2022 09:44:42 +1100
BHP lifts iron ore but braces for ‘short-term’ pain as COVID rises
Australia’s top miner delivered stronger-than-expected output of iron ore in the final three months of 2021 but is readying for COVID-19 staff cases to rise when WA reopens next month as Omicron batters its east-coast operations.
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Wed, 19 Jan 2022 08:02:00 +1100
The electric car bubble will burst - and that’s a good thing
The two things we know for sure about the market for electric vehicles is that it is booming, and also that it is getting very, very crowded. In truth, it is about to turn into a bloodbath.
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Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:53:34 +1100
ASX set for sharp falls as Wall Street dives
Wall Street loses ground amid renewed jitters that the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates to tackle rising inflation.
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Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +1100
Freight groups introduce Omicron surcharge to cover rising staff costs
Omicron is playing havoc with some of Australia’s largest freight logistics providers which have been forced to introduce levies to cover the rising cost of pandemic-related staff shortages.
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Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +1100
‘De facto’ lockdown crippling small businesses as sector pleads for help
Small businesses are struggling for survival under the strain of the Omicron virus outbreak.
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Wed, 19 Jan 2022 02:43:45 +1100
Microsoft buys Call of Duty maker Activision Blizzard in multibillion-dollar deal
The deal will unite two of the biggest forces in video games to create the world’s third-biggest gaming company.
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Tue, 18 Jan 2022 17:38:51 +1100
Investors burst Redbubble shares after trading update
Online marketplace Redbubble’s share price was hammered during Tuesday’s session after it released a trading update that disappointed investors, making it the worst performer on the sharemarket for the day.
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Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:50:10 +1100
‘Can’t absorb more costs’: Small businesses say government should fund RATs
Matt Bebe, the owner of Tar Barrel Brewery in the Melbourne suburb of Mornington, says he will not be able to absorb the cost of providing rapid antigen tests and has called on the federal government to subsidise them.
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Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:40:50 +1100
Decarbonise or die, world’s biggest investor warns business chiefs
One of the world’s leading investors is maintaining his pressure on business leaders to embrace the green economy, warning those that don’t budge will fail.
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Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:08:24 +1100
Rio Tinto warns Omicron may hit top export iron ore as WA reopens
The mining giant has warned the threat of widespread Omicron infections and staff absenteeism once WA opens its border could worsen the state’s labour crunch and hit iron ore output.
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Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:43:12 +1100
‘No higher risk’: Melbourne Airport pushes to relax COVID-19 test rules
The head of aviation at Australia’s second busiest gateway says the testing requirements for inbound travellers do little to protect public health at a time country is recording tens of thousands of new cases a day. 
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Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:25:16 +1100
Crown game too rich for wounded Star
Had the Crown board been any less than welcoming to Blackstone, they would have been run out of town by shareholders wielding pitchforks and James Packer would have been at the head of the pack.
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Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:39:33 +1100
Home appliance demand keeps JB Hi-Fi’s sales up despite COVID woes
JB Hi-Fi has unveiled a better than expected result for the first half of the new financial year, with the company’s sales and profits only falling slightly.
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Tue, 18 Jan 2022 11:55:00 +1100
China’s home-grown slowdown rings alarm bells for global economy
China’s slowing economy and declining birthrates are ominous signs for a world that has relied on it to drive much of its economic growth in the past decade.
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Tue, 18 Jan 2022 08:20:00 +1100
Bitcoin investors dig in for long haul in ‘staggering’ shift
As bitcoin heads into 2022, a growing cohort of long-term investors is doubling down on its stashes of the cryptocurrency, hoping a December dip was merely a festive blip.
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Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:25:00 +1100
Credit Suisse plunged into chaos after chairman’s sudden exit
The banker tasked with fixing Credit Suisse was ousted just nine months into the job for breaching COVID quarantine rules, throwing the Swiss financial giant into fresh turmoil as it struggles to emerge from a series of scandals.
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Tue, 18 Jan 2022 05:55:56 +1100
ASX set to open higher; European shares gain
European shares closed higher with healthcare stocks lifted by M&A activity while Wall Street was closed for a public holiday.
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