ASX poised to open lower as Wall Street pulled back from session highs

Stock Markets

Australian shares are set to open marginally lower today after Wall Street’s major indexes pulled back from session highs as investors wait for new catalysts such as an actual deal between the US and China. US stocks rallied on renewed trade optimism induced by comments from US President Trump which Implied that the two powerhouse economies are “very, very close” to striking a deal to end their trade dispute.

Wall Street’s main indices edged higher overnight and closed below session highs. The Dow Jones, S&P 500, and NASDAQ 100 all closed in positive territory, with the indices gaining 60.14 (+0.23%), 3.44 (+0.12%), and 26.92 (+0.36%) points respectively.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed higher on Monday, finishing up 19.0 (0.31%) points with the technology sector (+0.31%) leading the market.

ASX 200 futures are currently down 10.0 points. 

Commodities and Currencies

Overnight, Brent and WTI crude tumbled to US$64.76 (-3.4%) and US$55.43 (-3.2%) respectively after US President Donald Trump publicly tweeted about OPEC urging it to lower the cost of crude, thus putting pressure on OPEC to soften its price-boosting output cuts.

Iron ore prices are down 2.2% to US$82.56 per tonne.

The spot price of gold is marginally down 0.01% and is currently hovering around US$1328.16.

The AUD is currently up 0.55% at US71.68¢.

This article was written by Mithun Fernando – Investment Analyst, Rivkin Securities Pty Ltd. Enquiries can be made via mithun.fernando@rivkin.com.au or by phoning +612 8302 3633.