A positive start to the week: ASX set to open higher

Market Reports

by Rachael Jones

Following positive leads from US markets, the Australian share market looks set to open higher this morning. US stocks saw a rebound on Friday despite a rollercoaster week with all three benchmarks advancing at least 1.2 per cent. Investors were bolstered by talk of a German economic stimulus. Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters still filled the streets in Hong Kong yesterday despite heavy rain. It's the eleventh week of protests. On the commodities front, gold has fallen and oil has added slightly.

Markets 

Wall Street closed higher on Friday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.2 per cent to close at 25,886, the S&P 500 gained 1.4 per cent to close at 2889 and the NASDAQ rose 1.7 per cent to 7896.

European markets closed higher on Friday: London’s FTSE added 0.7 per cent, Paris gained 1.2 per cent and Frankfurt was up 1.3 per cent.

Asian markets closed higher on Friday: Tokyo’s Nikkei added 0.1 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.9 per cent and China’s Shanghai Composite closed higher, up 0.3 per cent.

Taking all of this into equation, the SPI futures are pointing to 0.7 per cent gain. On Friday, the Australian share market closed 3 points (0.04 per cent) lower at 6406.

Company news 

Austal (ASX:ASB) has delivered the fourth Guardian Class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence. The vessel was gifted by the Government of Australia to the Government of Samoa during a handover ceremony at Austal’s Henderson shipyard, attended by the Samoan Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata’afe and the Commissioner of Police.The vessels will be supported with ongoing maintenance from Austal’s Service Centre Operations in Cairns and creates opportunities for Austal in the Pacific. Shares in Austal (ASX:ASB) closed 2.5 per cent higher at $3.77 on Friday.

Reporting Season

- Altium Ltd (ASX:ALU)
- BlueScope Steel Limited (ASX:BSL)
- GWA Group Ltd (ASX:GWA)
- Lendlease Group (ASX:LLC)
- NIB Holdings Limited (ASX:NHF)

Ex-Dividends

Credit Corp Group (ASX:CCP) is paying 36 cents fully franked
Insurance Australia (ASX:IAG) is paying 20 cents 70 per cent franked

Currencies

One Australian Dollar at 7:40 AM was buying 67.82US cents, 55.83 Pence Sterling, 72.13 Yen and 61.15Euro cents.

Commodities

Iron Ore futures suggest a 0.6 per cent gain.
Gold has fallen $7.60 to US$1524 an ounce.
Silver was down 9 cents to US$17.12 an ounce.
Oil has added $0.14 to US$54.81 a barrel.
 

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.