Following soft leads from US markets, the Australian share market looks set to open higher this morning. Stocks rose in Asia and Europe as China and the US tried to reach an agreement on their 20-month-long trade war. On Wall Street, all three benchmarks ended slightly higher. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries otherwise known as Opec and allies led by Russia agreed yesterday to one of the deepest output cuts this decade. The move is to support crude prices and prevent a glut. They will meet again today in Vienna to discuss supply policy.
Local economic news
AiG performance of construction November
Wall Street closed higher yesterday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.1 per cent higher at 27,678, the S&P 500 gained 0.2 per cent to 3117 and the NASDAQ added 0.1 per cent to 8571.
European markets closed mixed: London’s FTSE lost 0.7 per cent, Paris added 0.03 per cent and Frankfurt lost 0.7 per cent.
Asian markets closed higher: Tokyo’s Nikkei added 0.7 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.6 per cent and China’s Shanghai Composite closed 0.7 per cent higher.
Taking all of this into equation, the SPI futures are pointing to a 0.1 per cent gain.
Yesterday, the Australian share market closed 77 points or 1.2 per cent higher at 6683.
Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST) has completed the takeover of Echo Resources (ASX:EAR). At close of the takeover offer period on 11 November 2019, Northern Star had a relevant interest in 98.14 per cent of Echo shares. Following completion of the compulsory acquisition process, Northern Star now has a relevant interest in 100 per cent of Echo shares. Shares in Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST) closed 0.2 per cent higher at $9.80 yesterday.
Fisher & Paykel H. (ASX:FPH) is paying 11.36 cents unfranked
Gentrack Group Ltd (ASX:GTK) is paying 2.84 cents 8.5 per cent franked
One Australian Dollar at 8:30 AM was buying 68.35 US cents, 51.94 Pence Sterling, 74.35 Yen and 61.56 Euro cents.
Iron Ore has dropped 0.5 per cent to US$88.65.
Iron Ore futures suggest a 0.6 per cent fall.
Gold has gained $0.40 to US$1481 an ounce.
Silver has added $0.10 to US$17.02 an ounce.
Oil has fallen $0.02 to US$58.41 a barrel.