Trade balance data disappoints: ASX 0.7% at noon

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The Australian share market opened higher following positive leads from Wall Street and is now tracking 0.7 per cent higher at noon. Shares in Wisetech Global (ASX:WTC) have risen over 4 per cent today after they released their investor conference and briefing materials today showing their position in an industry worth $14 trillion in annual revenues. Meanwhile shares in AfterPay Touch (ASX:APT) are down despite reporting their underlying sales are up 143 per cent on the prior comparable period. The Real Estate Investment Trust sector is leading the way and the Materials sector trailing behind. The S&P/ASX 200 index is 41 points up at 6,400. On the futures market the SPI is 39 points higher. Local economic news: The latest trade balance data has disappointed market expectations. Australia's April balance on goods and services showed a $4,871 million surplus, a decrease of $16 million on the surplus in March 2019. Company news: The Afterpay Touch Group (ASX:APT) has reported today that their underlying sales were approximately $4.7 billion in the 11 months to 31 May 2019 (unaudited), up 143 per cent on the prior comparable period. At the end of May there were over 4.3 million active customers transacting with Afterpay, growing at an average of almost 8,000 new customers per day since 31 December 2018.They also show that growth continues to remain strong in the US where they have been operating for one year. Afterpay has acquired over 1.5 million active customers. Shares in the Afterpay Touch Group (ASX:APT) are trading 3.6 per cent lower at noon at $23.03. AF Legal Group (ASX:AFL) will re-commence trading on the Australian Securities Exchange after a successful capital raising of $5.9 million led by Bell Potter Securities. The capital raising was strongly supported by a range of existing and new investors. The company lists on the ASX with a market capitalisation of approximately $12 million. Shares in AF Legal Group (ASX:AFL) last traded at 16 cents as Navigator ...
ASX closes in red for 2nd day but holds 11.5yr highs: Aus shares close 0.02% lower

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The Australian share market opened higher before closing marginally lower for the second day, albeit the local bourse is still holding firm on the fresh new 11.5-year highs we hit on Tuesday. From the outset we had negative leads though as Wall Street closed in the red with US equites closing lower for the second day. Only a handful of sectors saw selling with the Tech sector losing 3 per cent, Consumer Discretionary shedding 2.5 and Energy falling closely behind, all holding us back. It comes as Afterpay Touch Group (ASX:APT) parried back from recent gains on AML fear selling, while Harvey Norman (ASX:HVN) share fell sharply, losing about 4 weeks of gains. At the closing bell the S&P/ASX 200 index closed 1 point lower to finish at 6,542. Futures market: Dow futures are suggesting a fall of 33 points. S&P 500 futures are eyeing a dip of 4 points. The Nasdaq futures are eyeing a fall of 15 points. And the ASX200 futures are eyeing a 4-point fall. Economic news: Australia's trend participation rate hit an all-time high, 66 per cent in May 2019, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The result was also better than expected. It comes as the rate rose 0.4 per cent. Meantime, the headline seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 per cent last month, while the consensus was, the rate would drop to 5.1 per cent. The data also tells us the number of employed people rose by 42,000 and this was better than expected (17,500). Company news : Wesfarmers (ASX:WES) advised Target's total sales in the second half fell by 3.6 per cent while comparable sales slipped 2.3 per cent. Meantime, after several years of strong volume growth Kmart's trading remained in line with the first half, rising by 1.8 per cent, with comparable sales increasing by 0.2 per cent over the 22 weeks from January to May 2019. It comes just a day after the conglomerate announced deal to snap up Australian online retailer Catch Group Holdings $230 million cash. Catch is the opera...
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AGL & Vocus takeover talks kick off: Aus shares close at new 11.5 yr high, 1.6% up

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The Australian share market opened higher, continuing to push higher throughout the session before closing at a new 11.5 year high, taking the XJO’s winning streak to five days and we closed 1.6 per cent higher. Most of the sectors on the ASX made a gain, with almost all of the sectors gaining one per cent or more, with Healthcare up 3.5 per cent, Industrials gaining 2.5 per cent and Consumer Discretionary following. The likes of imagery company, Nearmap (ASX:NEA) gaining 9.3 per cent, taking the stock back to where it last traded at the end of May, after announcing new 3D and artificial intelligence products. Bravura (ASX:BVS) a similar story, it rose 5.5 per cent clawing back from recent selling. But we had positive news from the outset with the Dow on Wall Street closing higher for the sixth straight session after President Donald Trump revealed proposed tariffs on Mexican imports would be suspended indefinitely. At the closing bell the S&P/ASX 200 index closed 102 points higher to finish at 6,546. Futures market: Dow futures are suggesting a rise of 65 points. S&P 500 futures are eyeing a rise of 7 points. The Nasdaq futures are eyeing a lift of 29 points. And the ASX200 futures are eyeing a 71 point rise. Economic news: Business conditions weakened further in the month of May, and now well below average according to NAB’s business survey. Confidence saw a post-election spike in May but conditions have further declined with the private sector continuing to lose momentum. Business conditions fell 2 points to 1 index point in May. It was on the back of a decline in profitability and trading (sub-components). Company news : Coca-Cola Amatil (ASX:CCL) presented at Deutsche Bank’s global consumer conference in Paris highlighting that one of its priorities for FY19 is to focus on ‘key selling weeks’ like ‘summer, Easter, football finals, Christmas’ with marketing. For example it recently did a campaign for the Cowboys and the Broncos. It also is focusing on its Mou...
 - Trade balance data disappoints: ASX 0.7% at noon
Trade balance data disappoints: ASX 0.7% at noon
 - ASX closes in red for 2nd day but holds 11.5yr highs: Aus shares close 0.02% lower
ASX closes in red for 2nd day but holds 11.5yr highs: Aus shares close 0.02% lower
The Farm Fixer - Mike Frazer - Dexter Beef
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