The local sharemarket is expected to open the day higher following strong leads from Europe overnight.
In Europe, a weaker currency and expectations of further central bank stimulus saw Paris’ CAC 40 rise 1.08%, and London’s FTSE 100 climb 0.88%.
Unfortunately, FTSE-listed shares of BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) closed another 2.4% lower overnight, as fears of falling copper prices weighed on the already high expectations of a cut to its dividend.
US shares were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Closer to home, the Sydney Futures Exchange is pointing to a 16-point rise in the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) following a solid gains yesterday.
Once again shares of the embattled legal business, Slater & Gordon Limited (ASX: SGH), are expected to come under pressure with analysts at major investment banks dramatically reducing their price target forecasts this morning. Yesterday, Slater & Gordon’s share price fell over 50% as investors reacted to proposed changes in the small claims courts of the UK.
Share prices of oil companies such as Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL), Oil Search Limited (ASX: OSH) and Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) may also be volatile today after oil prices declined 1.5%, to $US45.46 per barrel, overnight.
Following the successful institutional component of the recent Transurban Group (ASX: TCL) capital raising this morning, shares of the toll road owner are expected to resume trading on the ASX. Transurban went into a trading halt earlier this week to conduct a $1 billion capital raising to fund its latest acquisition, Brisbane’s AirportlinkM7.
National Australia Bank Ltd. (ASX: NAB) confirmed its decision to demerge its Clydesdale bank assets in the UK. It’ll release the Scheme booklet in the week beginning 7 December 2015.
Finally, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corp Ltd (ASX: FPH) announced its half-year report this morning, showing a 27% jump in profit year over year. Operating revenue was a record NZ$381 million, up 20%.
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