Australian share market expected to open lower Wednesday

The Australian share market and ASX 200 (ASX: XJO) index is likely to start trading lower today, according to futures in Sydney. Here’s what investors need to know about the Australian share market and global markets today…

The grind of volatile markets continued on Tuesday, as the ASX succumbed to aggressive rhetoric from the Chinese government on trade issues and a spike in infections in Asia hit improving confidence.

The FTSE, +0.9%, bucked the trend as Vodafone delivered strong numbers and maintained its dividend. However US markets continued to weaken, with both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq down over 2% overnight — all 11 sectors fell. This came as inflation data indicated the 0.8% fall in April was the worst in over a decade. This will lead to a weak opening in Australia.

On a somewhat more positive tone, Morningstar released a report that some 70% of the funds they followed who have an ESG or Environmental, Social and Governance policy, had outperformed their peers amid the volatility — talk about active management!

The divergence between corporate profits is on the rise, with consumer staples like Woolworths and technology companies like Logitech charging ahead on weaker days. The former released a new bond issue for 5 years at just 1.6% over the bank bill rate in a gamble that investors will remain desperate for income.

Surveys of the banking sector, including the Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank, indicated that there has been a 35% reduction in branch visits in April, which does not bode well for property owners or similar businesses, including Flight Centre, who have large store networks at a time when consumers are moving online.

Uber launched an aggressive takeover bid for its competitor Grub Hub (GRUB), sending the share price of the latter up 30%. After strong progress on its treatment for COVID-19 patients, Mesoblast is once again seeking to tap shareholders for more capital, many are wary of a company that has raised over $500 million in recent years but delivered nothing but losses (some $700 million).

India’s largest airline, Indigo, is considering a bid for Virgin and Australian retailers like Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi are expected to benefit from NZ’s more aggressive reopening strategy. It doesn’t look great for Premier Investments, with global sales down 99% for the quarter, yet online sales increased by the same amount and management noted some 70% of stores are now coming up for lease, which could be devastating for shopping centre and retail landlords.

Kogan (KGN) was another beneficiary of the move to online spending, reporting 139,000 new active customers, taking their total to 1.948 million and reporting a 100% increase in profit. Finally, Unibail Rodamco Westfield cut its interim distribution as did building products supplier CSR Limited despite reporting just a 6% fall in revenue.

This report was written by Drew Meredith, Financial Adviser and Director of Wattle Partners.

From 200+ ETFs in Australia, our top investment analyst has just identified his #1 ETF for 2021 and beyond.

Low fees? Check.

Long-term growth potential? Check.

Regular cash returns? Check!

This ETF makes investing in ETFs "Super-Easy".

Simply click here or enter your email address below to access the full ETF report, ticker code, and step-by-step investment guide. Our expert's #1 ETF report is completely free.

No gimmicks, no payment, no credit card info. Just enter your email address below and we'll send you the report right away.

From 200+ ETFs in Australia, our top investment analyst has just identified his #1 ETF for 2021 and beyond.

Low fees? Check.

Long-term growth potential? Check.

Regular cash returns? Check!

This ETF makes investing in ETFs "Super-Easy".

Simply click here to access the full ETF report, ticker code, and step-by-step investment guide. Our expert's #1 ETF report is completely free.

No gimmicks, no payment, no credit card info. Just click the link below and enter your email address. We'll send you the report right away.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE REPORT

Unsubscribe anytime. Read our TermsFinancial Services GuidePrivacy Policy. We’ll never sell your email address. Our company is Australian owned.

Information warning: The information on this website is published by The Rask Group Pty Ltd (ABN: 36 622 810 995) is limited to factual information or (at most) general financial advice only. That means, the information and advice does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. It is not specific to you, your needs, goals or objectives. Because of that, you should consider if the advice is appropriate to you and your needs, before acting on the information. If you don’t know what your needs are, you should consult a trusted and licensed financial adviser who can provide you with personal financial product advice. In addition, you should obtain and read the product disclosure statement (PDS) before making a decision to acquire a financial product. Please read our Terms and Conditions and Financial Services Guide before using this website. The Rask Group Pty Ltd is a Corporate Authorised Representative (#1280930) of AFSL #383169.

Keep reading:

General Financial Advice warning
The information on this website is general financial advice only. That means, the advice does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of that, you should consider if the advice is appropriate to you and your needs, before acting on the information. In addition, you should obtain and read the product disclosure statement (PDS) before making a decision to acquire a financial product. If you don’t know what your needs are, you should consult a trusted and licensed financial adviser who can provide you with personal financial product advice. Please read our Terms & Conditions and Financial Services Guide before using this website.

© Rask Australia 2020

Join 20,000+ smart investors

Join the Rask Australia mailing and we’ll send you free investment reports, podcasts, expert insights, investing courses, ASX news and lots, lots more. All free. 

Unsubscribe anytime. Read our TermsFinancial Services GuidePrivacy Policy. We’ll never sell your email address. Our company is Australian-owned.

feedback-icon

What can we do better? Please give us us some feedback :)

We care about your experience, please let us know if you have any suggestions to improve our site.