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Trump evacuated from White House after a shooting outside: ASX to open flat
11 Aug 2020 - Following positive leads from US markets, the ASX looks set to open flat this morning. The Dow rallied as the Nasdaq struggled somewhat with some big tech stocks slipping. President Donald Trump extended coronavirus relief. He was evacuated from that press briefing due to a shooting outside of the White House. James Hardie (ASX:JHX) released their results today showing management expects full-year adjusted net operating profit to be between US$330 million and US$390 million.

Record highs in reporting season: Aus shares lift 1.8% by closing bell
10 Aug 2020 - It has been a positive day of trade for the Australian share market with the local bourse inclining steadily throughout the day to close in the green 1.8% higher. The banks led the pack and a long list of companies traded at record highs on the back of their investor updates, including Mesoblast. Kogan, Ansell, Sonic Healthcare, NextDC and Adairs. PAS Group (ASX:PGR) announced today it will sell its iconic Australian JETS Swimwear business to Seafolly Holdings.

Reporting season rolls in: Aus shares 1.2% higher at noon
10 Aug 2020 - The Australian share market lifted at the open as financial year reports roll in and is now tracking 1.2 per cent higher at noon. Banks and REITs have lifted while miners are lacking, but all sectors are in the green by noon. Sigma Healthcare (ASX:SIG) has executed contracts to sell two distribution centres for $172 million.

US job growth lifts confidence slightly: Aus shares to open in the green
10 Aug 2020 - Following mixed leads from Wall Street, the Australian share market looks set to start the week in the green. The greenback bounced on the back of better-than-expected US job growth. Charter Hall Long WALE REIT (ASX:CLW) reported a 72% rise in operating earnings to $121.9 million in its full-year results on Friday. Insurance Australia Group (ASX:IAG) delivered a net profit result of $435 million for FY2020, down 60% on the previous year.

RBA pessimism infects market: Aus shares rise 1.3% over week
07 Aug 2020 - The ASX dropped in early trade and tracked sideways for most of the afternoon despite gains on Wall Street overnight and strong prices for gold and iron ore. The Reserve Bank of Australia warns that the Australian economy will take longer to recover that previously anticipated. 4DMedical (ASX:4DX) floated today with an impressive bang. Eligibility requirements for the JobKeeper extension are being relaxed to make it easier for businesses and staff to qualify. The changes were introduced in response to the Victorian Covid 19 restrictions but will apply across the country. Citi rates Nick Scali (ASX:NCK) as a buy, upgrading its 12-month price target to $9.80.

4DMedical (ASX:4DX) IPO soars: Aus shares 0.4% lower at noon
07 Aug 2020 - The Australian share market is down 0.4 per cent this morning after the Reserve Bank of Australia downgraded its forecasts for global GDP and Australian employment. Credit Suisse rates Centuria Office REIT (ASX:COF) as an Outperform, with a 12-month price target of $2.14. Worley (ASX:WOR) has been awarded a master construction services agreement by Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC.

US markets rally on stimulus deal optimism: Aus shares to open lower
07 Aug 2020 - Australian shares are poised for modest losses at the open following an advance on Wall Street, fuelled by optimism that officials will reach agreement on a fresh economic stimulus package. Pressure is mounting on the White House and congressional Democrats to strike a deal after employment figures released overnight showed that almost 1.2 million Americans had filed for unemployment. Back home in Australia, the federal cabinet's Expenditure Review Committee approved changes to the Jobkeeper scheme, softening the eligibility criteria from late September and giving more Victorian businesses access.

Ventilator demand from Covid sees Resmed (ASX:RMD) rise: ASX closes 0.7% higher
06 Aug 2020 - It has been a positive day of trade for the ASX the local bourse managed to close 0.7% higher. Shares in Resmed (ASX:RMD) took a dip despite reporting a 54% increase in full year net income after fourth quarter earnings were boosted by pandemic demand for its ventilators. The Village Roadshow (ASX:VRL) is looking to raise a minimum of $35 million.

Shares in Resmed (ASX:RMD) take a dip: ASX tracking 0.7% higher at noon
06 Aug 2020 - The ASX shot up at the open and is now tracking 0.7 per cent higher at noon. Shares in Harvey Norman Holdings (ASX:HVN) are doing well today. Shares in Resmed (ASX:RMD) and the Scentre Group (ASX:SCG) have taken a dip. The Scentre Group (ASX:SCG) released a report today saying their earnings later this month are expected to report net operating cashflow after interest, overheads and tax "in excess" of $250m for the year to June. Metcash (ASX:MTS) announced that Alistair Bell as new Group CFO.

Commodities boost sees market set to rise: ASX to open higher
06 Aug 2020 - The ASX looks set to open higher this morning thanks to gains in commodities and Wall Street closing higher overnight. Over in the UK, the Bank of England will announce its latest monetary policy decision before the opening bell today as they navigate a loosening of lockdown measures and crucial Brexit talks with the EU. Gold surged and oil prices recovered. ELMO Software (ASX:ELO) report strong growth in annualised recurring revenue of 19.7% for the year.