OPENING CALL: The Australian share market is expected to open lower. The SPI200 futures contract expected to open down 14 points.
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Resources shares helped Australia’s benchmark index notch its third straight advance, as markets continued to unwind last week’s heavy selling on renewed worries about global trade.
The S&P/ASX 200 closed 0.3% higher at 6730.0, about 2% shy of the all-time high logged at the end of last month.
The energy subindex gained 1.6% during the session and the materials sector rose 1.1%, while health-care and consumer shares lagged behind with modest declines. A2 Milk also weakened, sliding 3.9% with the departure of its CEO, and Viva Energy lost 6.6% after flagging a drop in 2019 earnings.
U.S. stocks slipped intraday after fresh economic data showed a sharp decline in Chinese exports to the U.S., highlighting the impact of the trade war between the world’s two largest economies.
The S&P 500 fell 0.2%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.3% and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.2%.
Gold futures settled at a slight loss, finding little reason to move in either direction ahead of a mid-week policy update from the Federal Reserve and a U.K. general election that could roil markets.
February gold on Comex lost 20 cents, or 0.01%, to settle at $1,464.90 an ounce, after declining 0.5% last week. March silver , meanwhile, added 4.6 cents, or 0.3%, at $16.642 an ounce, following a weekly decline of 3%, according to FactSet data.
Oil futures fell, but settled above the session’s worst levels, as traders weighed expectations for energy demand, with some economic weakness in China raising concerns over a slowdown, but news of tentative U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal offering support.
West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery fell 18 cents, or 0.3%, to settle at $59.02 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after trading as low as $58.23 during the session
The WSJ Dollar Index, which measures the U.S. currency against a basket of 16 others, rose 0.01% to 90.63. That follows a 0.64 point decline in the index last week to 90.62 Friday.
The Stoxx Europe 600 ticked down 0.2%. ? Tullow Oil was the biggest loser on Monday. The stock dropped more than 60% after the energy company cut production forecasts and its chief executive resigned, effective immediately.
The Shanghai Composite Index ended the day up less than 0.1%. China’s exports unexpectedly dropped 1.1% in November from a year earlier, while shipments to the U.S. fell 23%, data from the General Administration of Customs showed Sunday.
The Nikkei 225 index rose 0.3% after data showed the Japanese economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter. Gross domestic product expanded by an annualized 1.8% in the three months ended Sept. 30, surpassing a preliminary official estimate of 0.2%.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index ended mostly flat at 26494.73, as gains in property and energy stocks were offset by drug makers’ declines
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