Global equities mixed, commodities lower, AUDUSD looking weaker, ASX futures down 34 points

Crude oil was the biggest mover on Friday night, as short-term buying on the back of supply concerns relating to fighting in Yemen subsided. (For those not up to speed on Yemen, it is alleged that Iran is backing Shi'ite Houthi rebels, who successfully managed to force Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to resign earlier this year and just last week flee to Saudi Arabia as the Saudis began air strikes against the Houthis. Hadi is a Sunni Muslim and the Saudis are rallying Sunni leaders from the Middle East to pitch in and fight, which many observers are reporting as a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, being fought on Yemeni ground.) After rallying for seven straight sessions, you can see on today's chart that WTI crude (OILUS for Rivkin Trader clients) reversed a chunk of its gains on Friday. As discussed in Friday's morning market wrap, there are plenty of reasons to remain bearish crude oil, especially in the United States. Plenty of sellers used the top of this recent range to exit positions and short-sellers will likely now attempt to chase WTI crude back down to US$45.

Today's second chart shows the AUDUSD currency pair, which is looking a little vulnerable in the short term, given it's now chipping away at the lower level of its buying support level of US$0.7740. The first two columns of red in today's Global Markets matrix at the bottom of today's wrap will give an insight into why the Aussie has been under pressure over the last 24 trading hours; commodity markets were broadly weaker on Friday night and this pointed the AUDUSD, NZDUSD and CADUSD all in the same direction - downward.

Irrespective of what side of the political fence you sit on, or your love or dislike for certain leaders, NSW Premier Mike Baird's win wasn't just a win for himself and his state Liberal Party, it was also a big win for Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his leadership - this will be a stabilising factor within Australia's Federal government and will probably be seen as pro-business given the privatisation mandate that was won with regard to long-term NSW electricity infrastructure and operation leases. Infrastructure assets are hot property in a low-interest rate environment like ours, and if at least some of these assets are sold to foreign investors (which is likely), it should have the effect of allowing Abbott to get back on the "open for business" message without fear of the political risk that would have come from seeing Baird get punished for this privatisation move.

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This article was written by Scott Schuberg, CEO of Rivkin Securities Pty Ltd. Enquiries can be made via or by phoning +612 8302 3600.

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