Australian market expected to open higher 05/12/19

Australian market expected to open higher 05/12/19


OPENING CALL: The Australian share market is expected to open higher. The SPI200 futures contract expected to open up 56 points.


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Australian shares fell sharply for a second day as worries build over the global economy and the threat the trade war between the U.S. and China will drag on.  

The S&P/ASX 200 dropped 1.6% to close at 6606.5, as consumer staples again led all industry sectors lower. The benchmark index has now retreated 4.2% from the all-time high notched last Friday.
The heavily-weighted four biggest banks were down between 1.0% and 2.1%, while major miners BHP and Rio Tinto shed 2.5% and 2.1%, respectively.  

U.S. stocks advanced intraday on fresh optimism over U.S. and China trade talks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 191 points, or 0.7%, a day after suffering its biggest single-day pullback since early October. The S&P 500 rose 0.7%. The Nasdaq Composite added 0.6%.  

Markets welcomed reports that Washington and Beijing could still hash out an agreement before the scheduled new round of tariffs on Dec. 15.  

Fresh economic data showed a sharp slowdown in employment figures. The U.S. private sector added 67,000 jobs in November, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

Gold futures finished lower, pulling back from a near one-month settlement high a day earlier, after a report that trade talks between Beijing and Washington are progressing dulled some haven demand for the metal.  
Gold for February delivery on Comex lost $4.20, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,480.20 an ounce, after jumping 1% Tuesday to the highest settlement for a most-active contract since Nov. 6, according to FactSet data. March silver , meanwhile, dropped 33.2 cents, or 1.9%, to end at $16.916 an ounce, following a 1.7% surge in the previous session.  
U.S. oil ended 4.2% higher at $58.43/bbl as several bullish factors including a likely extension of OPEC output cuts spark a crude-buying frenzy.  

The pound rose to a seven-month high against the dollar as polls suggested that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party would win a majority in next week’s general election-a victory that could end the political uncertainty over Brexit.  

 European stocks were firmly higher on fresh hopes of a trade deal between the U.S. and China.  

The Stoxx Europe 600 gained 1.2%, the DAX was up 1.2% and the CAC-40 advanced 1.3%, though the FTSE 100’s gains were more modest, up 0.4% as sterling rose.  

Hong Kong stocks ended the session lower in a day that saw Asian markets retreating after President Trump said the trade war with China could drag on, heightening uncertainty over an initial trade deal ahead of a Dec. 15 planned increase in tariffs on Chinese goods.
The Hang Seng Index fell 1.3% to 26062.56, with most constituents in the red. Tech suppliers, arguably more susceptible to U.S. tariffs, led the declines. AAC Technologies lost 3.7%, while Sunny Optical and Techtronic Industries shed 3.5% and 2.9%, respectively. Blue-chips stocks including Chinese banks and oil majors also ended the session lower.  

The Nikkei Stock Average fell 1.1% to 23135.23 despite Japan’s Parliament approving a trade deal with the U.S. that would cut tariffs between the countries.

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