World Stocks and oil extend gains, Wall Street sets records
Tax wealth properly, and Australia's ageing population will enjoy better health services, report says
There is no reason why Australia's ageing population should put health budgets under pressure, given the amount of untaxed wealth in the economy, a new paper argues.The Australia Institute think tank has released a paper questioning the quality of the analysis behind the federal government's recent Intergenerational Report (IGR).
US stocks kept up their record run on Tuesday with the Nasdaq topping 15,000 for the first time, while oil prices extended their rally.
Across the Atlantic, markets in Europe ended mixed, but Asian stocks also rebounded.
Positive earnings reports and upbeat US economic data underpinned the third straight winning session for Wall Street, and the broad-based S&P 500 and tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index each scored record closes.
Even amid the rapid spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, Adam Sarhan of 50 Park Investments said sentiment has shifted to the view that the worst is over.
Retail investors' lesson from earnings day
`Mum and dad' investors may have been caught in the crash of some favourite stocks, while Qantas and Woolworths' earnings reports provided hope on the ASX.Artificial intelligence vendor Appen fell heavily as did A2 Milk after issuing earnings reports, while investors preferred the outlook for Qantas and Woolworths.
And with all eyes on Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's scheduled speech on Friday, markets are convinced the central bank will keep stimulus in place for an extended period, even if it makes some changes to policy.
"The bulls showed up again and defeated any bearish pressure on the market," Sarhan told AFP. "It's a tug of war between the bulls and the bears, and bears won last week but now the bulls win that fight."
US government data showed solid gains in new home sales in July, which followed a similar increase in existing home sales.
The US economy could get more support from President Joe Biden, after the House of Representatives advanced a resolution after markets closed bringing his nearly $5 trillion in spending measures closer to approval.
New law stokes tension in Nigeria's blighted oil delta
New law stokes tension in Nigeria's blighted oil deltaHis Niger Delta region has long seethed with discontent as communities face a potent mix of poverty, crude pollution and state neglect despite the wealth pumped from the ground beneath them.
- Strong consumer spending -
London and Frankfurt ended the day modestly higher, with Frankfurt boosted by news of an upgrade to German economic growth.
The data showed strong consumer spending helped the Germany economy grow 1.6 percent for the second quarter, or three months to June, 0.1 percentage points from the prior estimate.
Paris shed 0.3 percent as luxury stocks slid.
Asia received a strong boost from a call by China's central bank for more economic support and a move to keep borrowing costs down.
Markets have enjoyed a strong start to the week, further helped by bargain-hunting following a recent sell-off caused by worries that the Delta variant could slow the recovery and expectations the Fed will soon begin tapering financial support.
- Oil rebound continues -
Oil markets extended the previous day's surge of more than five percent, which had marked the best daily performance in nine months as recovery hopes lifted demand expectations.
BHP and Woodside Petroleum merger to create a global oil and gas giant in $20 billion mega deal
Big miner BHP and oil and gas producer Woodside Petroleum will merge their oil and gas businesses to form one of the world's biggest energy companies.The merger will see Woodside issue new shares to BHP shareholders.
The commodity had been suffering hefty losses in August on worries about Delta, but observers forecast prices will get back on track.
"Crude oil has continued to build on yesterday's strong gains, with Brent back above $70 a barrel," said Hewson.
- Key figures around 2130 GMT -
New York - Dow: UP 0.1 percent at 35,366.26 (close)
New York - S&P 500: UP 0.2 percent at 4,486.23 (close)
New York - Nasdaq: UP 0.5 percent at 15,019.8 (close)
EURO STOXX 50: UP less than 0.1 percent at 4,178.08 (close)
London - FTSE 100: UP 0.2 percent at 7,125.78 (close)
Frankfurt - DAX 30: UP 0.3 percent at 15,905.85 (close)
Paris - CAC 40: DOWN 0.3 percent at 6,664.31 (close)
Tokyo - Nikkei 225: UP 0.9 percent at 27,732.10 (close)
Hong Kong - Hang Seng Index: UP 2.5 percent at 25,727.92 (close)
Shanghai - Composite: UP 1.1 percent at 3,514.47 (close)
Euro/dollar: UP at $1.1757 from $1.1745
Pound/dollar: UP at $1.3729 from $1.3719
Euro/pound: FLAT at 85.62 pence
Dollar/yen: DOWN at 109.66 yen from 109.70 yen
West Texas Intermediate: FLAT at $67.54 per barrel
Brent North Sea crude: UP 3.6 percent at $71.20 per barrel
Donkey milk soap soaking up fans in Jordan .
Friends and family initially mocked one Jordanian family's new venture making soap from donkey milk. But now, a year on, the company is cleaning up as customers bray for more. Atan Donkey Milk Soaps produces 100 percent natural soaps from its farm in Madaba, 35 kilometres (21 miles) southwest of Amman, where it keeps 12 donkeys, and a small manufacturing workshop in the Jordanian capital. Although other regions around the Mediterranean produce soap from donkey milk, this is the first for Jordan."At the beginning, many laughed at the idea," said Emad Attiyat, 32, co-founder of the project which takes its name from the Arabic for a jenny or female donkey, "atan".