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Tech & Science Australian shares make cautious start

06:05  19 february  2020
06:05  19 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks looked poised for a cautious start to the week as investors mulled China’s latest plans to help its economy counter the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. equity futures ticked higher.Futures edged lower in Japan and Hong Kong, while Australian shares opened flat after.

Australian shares are likely to have a subdued start on Monday as falling commodity prices and disappointing U.S. jobs data weighed on already fragile Local share price index futures were down 0.2 percent to 5,639, a 60.2-point discount to the close of the underlying S&P/ASX200 index on Friday.

The Australian stock exchange has opened flat after US markets and oil slid on a warning about the coronavirus outbreak.© AAP Images The Australian stock exchange has opened flat after US markets and oil slid on a warning about the coronavirus outbreak.

Australian shares have opened flat amid mixed local news and after US markets and oil slid overnight on another coronavirus scare.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was down 5.3 points, or 0.07 per cent, to 7,108.4 at 1030 AEDT on Wednesday, dragged down by falls in info-tech stocks.

The broader All Ordinaries index fell 3.6 points , or 0.05 per cent, to 7,204.7

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Australian shares are set to have a cautious start on Friday as falling commodity prices and jitters about China after its stock market retreated could dampen The benchmark touched a one-week peak on Thursday to end the session with a second straight day of solid gains. Atlas Iron, Australia 's

Australian stocks edged up 0.1%, South Korea's KOSPI rose 0.8% and Japan's Nikkei was up 0.5%. Asian stocks eked out modest gains on Monday, amid a cautious market mood as investors pinned expectations on MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.1%.

Global equity markets fell on Tuesday after Apple said it was unlikely to meet its sales guidance because of the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Australian info-tech stocks followed suit after the local market opened on the renewed concerns about the economic fallout of the epidemic.

The info-tech index had dropped more than 2.0 per cent after 30 minutes of trading as Altium, Over the Wire, Wisetech Global, EML payments, Nearmap and Citadel Group fell.

Crown, Vicinity Centres and Webjet also mentioned impacts from the coronavirus as they released their results on Wednesday.

Crown and Webjet gained after their financial reports to the market but Vicinity Centres was down 10.5 cents, or 4.2 per cent, at $239.5.

Big miners Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton were slightly down but Fortescue Metals rose 11.5 cents to $11.175 after reporting a huge first-half profit.

The price of safe haven gold rose overnight and so did Australian gold producers on Wednesday morning.

Newcrest grew $1.08, or 3.94 per cent, to $28.47 while Northern Star added 2.82 per cent to $14.22 and Evolution Mining gained 3.73 per cent to $4.45.

The Australian dollar was buying 66.91 US cents at 1030 AEDT down from 66.91 US cents at the market closed on Tuesday.

Australia shares poised to open lower, NZ up .
Australia shares poised to open lower, NZ upThe local share price index futures fell about 0.4%, a 78.1-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index <.AXJO> close.

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