Major US stocks fell: Aus shares to open lower

Market Reports

by Rachael Jones

After a jittery afternoon of trading, major U.S. stock indices fell Wednesday leaving the Australian share market looking set to open lower.

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates, as investors expected, and said it could raise rates at a quicker pace next year.

On the commodities front, oil is up and gold despite being vulnerable to the interest rate hike prospect – has also gained. Four companies go ex-dividend today.

Meanwhile, the Australian dollar has rallied almost one US cent, after the interest rate rise.

US Economic News

The Federal Reserve raised rates for the sixth time since the policymaking Federal Open Market Committee began raising rates off near-zero in December 2015.
The FOMC's March meeting was Jay Powell's first as chairman.

Taking all of this into equation, the ASX futures are pointing to a 8 points fall. Yesterday the Australian share market closed higher with the S&P/ASX 200 Index adding 14 points to 5950.

Markets

To the figures from around the globe: Wall Street closed lower yesterday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.2 per cent to close at 24,682, the S&P 500 also lost 0.2 per cent to close at 2,712 and the NASDAQ dropped 0.3 per cent to close at 7,345.

European markets closed mixed: London’s FTSE fell 0.3 per cent, Paris lost 0.2 per cent and Frankfurt added 0.01 per cent.

Asian markets closed lower: Tokyo’s Nikkei was closed, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 0.4 per cent, and China’s Shanghai Composite lost 0.3 per cent.

Company News

Fintech company Peppermint (ASX:PIL) has signed a service provider agreement with a mobile financial services app to be known as the peppermint conditional cash transfer management system.

This comes after the company has been looking to expand into the money remittance business for a time.

The new app and web tool will initially be developed to assist the mindandao alliance of self help societies and southern Philippines educational cooperative to manage its funds management

Shares in Peppermint Innovation (ASX:PIL) closed over 4 per cent lower at 2.2c.


Currencies

One Australian Dollar at 8:35AM was buying US77.66 cents, 54.92 Pence Sterling, 82.38 Yen and 62.94 Euro cents.

Commodities

Gold has gained $20.40 to $US1338 an ounce.
Silver has added $0.39 to $US16.57 an ounce.
Oil has risen $1.95 to $US65.49 a barrel.


Cryptocurrencies

The three most traded cryptocurrencies are trading mixed: Bitcoin has fallen 0.05 per cent to US$8974, Ethereum gained 0.7 per cent to US$567 and EOS has added almost 12 per cent to US$7.03.

Ex-Dividends


 

Rachael Jones

Finance News Network
Rachael comes to FNN after working for Fairfax Media covering international breaking news, including the global economy and politics. She joined FNN in February 2018. She has reported on Australia’s finance news for various organisations since 2000 and has also interviewed a number of key business players, including Bill Gates. Rachael has also worked across a number of countries, including the UK and the US.