The Aussie market is poised for a slightly weaker open later this morning, following a mixed performance on Wall Street overnight.
The December SPI contract is down 14 points, at 5155.
In local economic news today, Reserve Bank of Australia Assistant Governor (Financial Markets) Guy Debelle is slated to speak at the Australian Financial Markets Report Launch in Sydney.
The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association’s performance of construction index (PCI) for September and the HIA’s new home sales data for August are due out.
And, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is due to attend the launch of direct bidding app providing access to IPOs and placements. In equities news, Australian Foundation Investment Company has its annual general meeting in Melbourne.
SPI futures down 14pts at 5155
AUD at 71.58 US cents, 86.06 Japanese yen, 63.49 Euro cents and 51.93 British pence
On Wall St,S&P 500 -0.3%, Dow +0.2%, Nasdaq -0.6%
In Europe, Stoxx 50 +0.9%, FTSE +0.4%, CAC +1%, DAX +0.9%
Spot gold up $US10.90 or 1% to $US1146.65/ounce
Brent crude up $US2.68 or 5.4% to $US51.93/barrel
Iron ore untraded at $US53.14 per tonne
What’s on today:
Australia HIA new home sales; US consumer credit; Bank of Japan policy meeting concludes
Stocks in focus:
Deutsche Bank has a “hold” on Crown Resorts and a target price of $13.85. “Macau gross gaming revenue in September declined by 33 per cent to MOP17.13 billion, which was in-line with market expectations. YTD revenue is down 36.2 per cent on pcp. Sequentially, revenue is down 8 per cent vs August.”
Citi moved OceanaGold to “buy” from “neutral” after the now-likely acquisition of the Haile Gold Project in South Carolina via Romarco Minerals (R.TX), and a pullback in the OGC share price, but put a lower target of $2.46 a share on the miner, from $$2.73 previously.
Trading ex dividend today:
ARB Corp, Ausmani, ICSGlobal, Japara Healthcare, Premier Investments.