S&P/ASX 200 to open lower: 6 shares to watch

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AJXO) (ASX: XJO) is expected to trade slightly lower today following mixed leads from international markets overnight.

Here’s a recap:

  • Dow Jones (USA): up 0.5%
  • NASDAQ (USA): up 0.1%
  • FTSE 100 (UK): up 1.1%
  • DAX (Germany): down 0.4%
  • EURO STOXX 50 (Europe): up 0.3%

In the US, expectations that the Federal Reserve will not increase interest rates in 2016 drove the US dollar lower and boosted commodity prices. In after-hours trading, LinkedIn Corp shares were down 26.4%, after the professional social network released its fourth quarter results to the market.

In Europe, markets headed higher following a jump in mining shares. FTSE-listed shares of BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) rose 5.5% and 7.2%, respectively.

Closer to home, the Sydney Futures Exchange is tipping a 14 point, or 0.2%, fall in the S&P/ASX 200.

Of particular focus will be shares of News Corp (ASX: NWS). The global media giant released its second quarter results to the market this morning showing a 4.4% fall in revenue and a 44% drop in earnings per share.

REA Group Limited (ASX: REA), the owner of and more, revealed its half-year report to the market showing an 8% increase in revenue and a 9% drop in net profit.

Codan Limited (ASX: CDA), a resources technology business, reported an 8% lift in net profit after tax for its half-year. Meanwhile, Myob Group Ltd (ASX: MYO) said it has reached 170,000 online users of its online accounting software.

Finally, in broker news, analysts at Macquarie lowered their price target on BT Investment Management Ltd (ASX: BTT) shares 4.6% to $11.05, while Credit Suisse analysts cut their price target on Downer EDI Limited (ASX: DOW) 21% to $3.35, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

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Motley Fool writer/analyst Owen Raszkiewicz does not have a financial interest in any company mentioned. Owen welcomes -- and encourages -- your feedback on Google+, LinkedIn or you can follow him on Twitter @ASXinvest.

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