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Tech & Science Wall Street sinks amid vote on Brexit bill and Facebook probe, ASX to slip

08:16  27 november  2019
08:16  27 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Australian shares fall amid ongoing Brexit uncertainty, mixed earnings reports on Wall Street and Facebook being investigated by 47 attorneys-general in the United States.

The bill passed the House of Lords on 30 October and received Royal Assent on 31 October. What happens next on Brexit would depend on the outcome of that election. The aim would be to get the bill completed in time for Brexit on 31 January. This is the Conservatives' plan. Another referendum.

  Wall Street sinks amid vote on Brexit bill and Facebook probe, ASX to slip © REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Australian shares are expected to fall in early trade amid ongoing Brexit uncertainty and a mixed set of US corporate results.

By 7:05am (AEST), ASX futures were down 10 points or 0.2 percent.

Meanwhile, the Australian dollar has slipped to 68.58 US cents.

The British pound fell from its five-month high after UK Parliament voted to allow Prime Minister Boris Johnson's withdrawal agreement bill to proceed to the next stage, which could lead to more amendments.

However, Mr Johnson lost a subsequent vote to approve a rapid timetable to push his bill through in three days.

London's FTSE index lifted by 0.7 percent and Germany's DAX rose by 0.1 percent.

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However, the vote did not go ahead. MPs chose to postpone a vote on the deal until legislation needed to turn the withdrawal agreement into UK law was completed. Many Brexit supporters say it is hard to accurately predict what will happen, or believe any economic disruption will be short-term and minor.

Brexit is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU). Following a June 2016 referendum, in which 51.9% voted to leave

Wall Street ended its session in negative territory.

The Dow Jones index fell 0.2 percent to 26,788.

The broader S&P 500 lost 0.4 percent, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 0.7 percent.

Facebook was a major drag on the main US indices after its share price tumbled by 3.9 percent.

This was after news broke that 47 attorneys-general across the US states would jointly investigate whether Facebook engaged in anti-competitive conduct in relation to its dominance on social media.

Spot gold has risen 0.2 per cent to $US1,487.43 an ounce.

Brent crude has jumped 1.2 per cent to $US59.67 per barrel.

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