Us stocks close mixed as US China tensions dominate - Aus shares to open higher, investors watching China Hong Kong developments closely


US stocks closed mixed on Friday as US-China tensions dominated. The US Commerce Department said it was adding 33 Chinese companies and other institutions to an economic blacklist for human rights violations and to address U.S. national security concerns. But, investors capped a strong week of gains on the back of optimism around a potential coronavirus vaccine and the U.S. reopening its economy.
European sharemarkets were mixed on Friday as investors weighed news that China planned a new security law in Hong Kong. Firms exposed to Asia fell with Prudential down 9.3%, HSBC falling 5% and Standard Chartered losing 2.4 per cent.
Back home Australian shares are expected to open higher although investors will carefully be watching a decision by China to bypass Hong Kong's laws by imposing its own national security law on the former British colony.

Markets

Wall Street closed mixed yesterday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.04% per cent to close at 24,465. For the week, Dow gained 3.3% to post its best weekly performance since April 9. the S&P 500 closed rose 0.2 per cent to close at 2955 and the NASDAQ closed 0.4 per cent higher at 9325.

European markets closed mixed: London’s FTSE lost 0.4 per cent, Paris dropped 0.02 per cent and Frankfurt closed 0.07 per cent higher.

Asian markets closed lower, Tokyo’s Nikkei fell 0.8 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 5.6 per cent, and China’s Shanghai Composite closed 1.9 per cent lower.
Returning home, the SPI futures are pointing to a 65 point gain

On Friday, the Australian share market closed or 1 per cent lower at 5497.

Company news

Renewable energy company Tilt renewables has seen its earnings (EBITDAF) slide by 13% to $118 million for the 2020 financial year. Net profit skyrocketed to $ 478 million from 12.2 million for the same time last year. Over the course of the year the company completed the financial close of the NZ$270M, Waipipi Wind Farm following execution of a 20-year offtake agreement with Genesis Energy. Tilt also successfully divested of the 270MW Snowtown 2 Wind Farm in a $1B transaction which produced a $486M profit on sale. The company says strong operating cashflow allowed it to fund construction of the Waipipi Wind Farm without the need for additional shareholder equity, and that it is well positioned to self-fund future growth opportunities. Shares in Tilt Renewables closed 2.4 per cent higher at $2.97 on Friday.

Ex Dividends

Elders (ASX:ELD) is paying 9 cents fully franked

Currencies

One Australian Dollar at 7:30 AM was buying 65.34US cents, 53.72 Pence Sterling, 70.28 Yen and 59.95 Euro cents.

Commodities

Iron Ore futures suggest a 0.1 per cent fall
Gold shed $0.80 to US$1735 an ounce.
Silver is flat atUS$17.69 an ounce.
Light crude is 31 cents higher at $33.56