P222 ORACLE 222 Fri31 Dec ITN 0030:00  Thursday...Thursday... 1/2      SYDNEY: Gold mines responded to the sharply higher bullion priceN Central Norseman jumped 30 cents, GMK 26 cents and Poseidon 20 cents. Oils and gas explorers disappointed, Santos losing 10 cents. The All Ordinaries index ended the day unchanged at 485.5 Base metal miners started well but ran into late selling. TOKYO: The Stock Exchange is closed until January 4. >>>>>  For details of bargain price train travel see BRI HSHRAILI
P222 ORACLE 222 Fri31 Dec ITN 0031:01  Thursday...Thursday... 2/2      SINGAPORE: Rises led falls even though the IC index ended 1.16 off at 542 09N Inchcape eased two cents and Sime Darby one cent but Haw Par rose five cents. HONG KONG: Shares opened firmer but showed signs of easing towards the end. The Hang Seng index closed up 6.96 at 783.18N HK Land rose five centsN JOHANNESBURG: The higher bullion price encouraged gold mines and shares put on 50 to 100 cents in heavyweights and five to 10 cents in cheaper issues. >>>>>  ORACLE CITY DESK, ITN HOUSE, 48 WELLS STREET, LONDON W1P 4DE