Following positive leads from US markets, the Australian share market looks set to open higher this morning. All three US benchmarks were higher at the close. In the Asia Pacific shares were mixed after the reports of a potential delay in the signing of a US-China trade deal. Over in the UK the British Pound dipped after two members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee unexpectedly voted to cut interest rates at the Bank's November policy meeting. On the commodities front, oil has gained slightly and safe haven gold has dropped over $20.
Wall Street closed higher yesterday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.7 per cent to 27,675, the S&P 500 closed 0.3 per cent higher at 3085 and the NASDAQ added 0.3 per cent to 8435.
European markets closed higher: London’s FTSE gained 0.1 per cent, Paris added 0.4 per cent and Frankfurt closed 0.8 per cent higher.
Asian markets closed mostly higher: Tokyo’s Nikkei added 0.1 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng closed 0.6 per cent higher and China’s Shanghai Composite closed flat.
Taking all of this into equation, the SPI futures are pointing to a 0.2 per cent gain.
Yesterday, the Australian share market closed 66 points or 1 per cent higher at 6727.
Local economic news
ABS will release figute for lending to households and businesses, for September 2019
And the RBA's latest Statement on Monetary Policy is scheduled for release at 11.30am AEDT.
Construction engineering company, the Decmil Group (ASX:DCG) has been awarded two packages of work for Carmichael Rail Network to its Queensland business unit. The first package is a design and construct construction contract for rail accommodation valued at approximately $40 million. The second package is an initial $1.4 million Early Contractor Services (ECS) contract to scope the bulk earthworks required along the primary freight rail alignment. Work is expected to start immediately on both packages. Shares in Decmil Group (ASX:DCG) closed 4.65 per cent higher at $0.90 yesterday.
CSR Limited (ASX:CSR) is paying 14 cents 50 per cent franked
Janus Henderson (ASX:JHG) is paying 52.45 cents unfranked
Joyce Corporation (ASX:JYC) is paying 5 cents 100 franked
One Australian Dollar at 8:40AM was buying 68.99 US cents, 53.85 Pence Sterling, 75.43 Yen and 62.45 Euro cents.
Iron Ore is 0.4 per cent lower at US$83.17.
Iron Ore futures suggest a 1.8 per cent fall.
Gold has dropped $24 to US$1469 an ounce.
Silver has lost $0.51 to US$17.09 an ounce.
Oil has gained $0.67 to US$57.02 a barrel.