Following mixed leads from US markets, the Australian share market looks set to open lower this morning.Markets were rocked as US and China trade talks resumed – facing even bigger hurdles. President Donald Trump tweeted yesterday that Beijing “is letting us down” by not buying American agricultural products. Both sides signal no rush toward deal. Meanwhile, France has approved a digital tax on American tech giants. Trump ordered an investigation into the 3 per cent tax on Wednesday. On the commodities front, oil has added very slightly and gold has fallen.
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Wall Street closed mixed yesterday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.9 per cent to 27,088, the S&P 500 gained 0.2 per cent to close at 3000 and the NASDAQ fell 0.1 per cent to 8196.
European markets closed lower: London’s FTSE fell 0.3 per cent, Paris also lost 0.3 per cent and Frankfurt was also down 0.3 per cent.
Asian markets closed higher, Tokyo’s Nikkei added 0.5 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.8 per cent and China’s Shanghai Composite gained 0.1 per cent.
Taking all of this into equation, the SPI futures are down 26 points. Yesterday, the Australian share market closed 26 points or 0.4 per cent higher at 6716.
Sandfire Resources NL (ASX:SFR) has appointed Jason Grace as the Company’s new Chief Operating Officer. He will succeed Richard Beazley in September who has held the role on an interim basis for the past two years. Mr Grace is an experienced mining professional with more than 26 years of industry experience spanning Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He was most recently Executive General Manager – Iron Ore for Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN). Shares in Sandfire Resources NL (ASX:SFR) closed 0.15per cent lower at $6.60.
One Australian Dollar at 7:40AM was buying 69.76 US cents, 55.71 Pence Sterling, 75.69 Yen and 62.00 Euro cents.
Iron Ore futures suggest a 0.6 per cent gain.
Gold has fallen $7.10 to US$1405 an ounce.
Silver was down $0.09 to US$15.14 an ounce.
Oil added $0.05 to US$60.50 a barrel.