The British pound slumps on fears of a hard Brexit: ASX poised to open higher

Market Reports

by Rachael Jones

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$5.350 $0.200 3.88%
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Last Updated: 29/01/2020 10:07 AM

Following soft leads from US markets, the Australian share market looks set to open higher this morning. European stocks were mixed and over in the UK the pound fell more than 1 per cent yesterday after reports said that the British government will block a delay to the post-Brexit transition period.

Local economic news

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Wall Street closed higher yesterday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.1 per cent higher at 28,267, the S&P 500 closed flat, up 0.03 per cent at 3193 and the NASDAQ added 0.1 per cent to 8823.

European markets closed mixed: London’s FTSE added 0.1 per cent, Paris fell 0.4 per cent and Frankfurt dropped 0.9 per cent.

Asian markets closed higher: Tokyo’s Nikkei gained 0.5 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.2 per cent and China’s Shanghai Composite closed 1.3 per cent higher.

Taking all of this into equation, the SPI futures are pointing to a 0.2 per cent fall.

Yesterday, the Australian share market closed flat, 2 points or 0.04 per cent lower at 6847.

Company news 

Infratil (ASX:IFT) today announced that Chief Executive Vince Hawksworth will be leaving Trustpower after almost ten years in the role. Infratil is the 51 per cent shareholder in Trustpower. Vince is leaving the company to take up the role of Chief Executive at Mercury (ASX:MCY). Shares in Infratil (ASX:IFT) closed flat at $4.77 yesterday.


One Australian Dollar at 8:35 AM was buying 68.54 US cents, 52.20 Pence Sterling, 75.04 Yen and 61.49 Euro cents.


Iron Ore has gained 3 cents to US$94.07.
Iron Ore futures suggest a 0.5 per cent fall.
Gold has added $0.50 to US$1481 an ounce.
Silver has fallen $0.05 to US$17.07 an ounce.
Oil has gained $0.32 to US$60.53 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.