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

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

Here’s a recap:

  • Dow Jones (USA): up 0.07%
  • NASDAQ (USA): down 0.15%
  • FTSE 100 (UK): up 0.38%
  • DAX (Germany): down 0.34%
  • CAC 40 (France): down 0.28%

In London, the FTSE 100 rebounded as the US Federal Reserve’s two-day monetary policy meeting got underway. FTSE-listed shares of BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) closed 0.4% and 1.9% lower, respectively.

US markets moved timidly higher as the energy and materials sectors led gains. Technology and healthcare shares were hardest hit, shares of Alphabet Inc (formerly Google Inc) continued their recent decline losing 2.27%.

Closer to home, the Sydney Futures Exchange is tipping a 20-point, or 0.4%, rise in the S&P/ASX 200.

Shares in focus will include Orion Health Group Ltd (ASX: OHE). This morning, the New Zealand health technology business announced a major contract signing in Canada.

Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) released its quarterly report revealing production of 43,059 ounces of gold and said recent results set the foundations for a strong finish to the financial year.

Junior oil and gas producer Senex Energy Ltd (ASX: SXY) announced its quarterly results showing a 4% fall in production and 8% decline in sales. Despite being in a strong cash position, the company revised down its capital expenditure and production guidance for its 2016 financial year.

Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) said Ms Catherine Livingstone AO has resigned as Chairman, and Mr John Mullen will take over the lead role of the telecommunications giant.

Finally, in broker news, Goldman Sachs analysts raised their price target on shares of Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) 30% to $1.50 and upped their Rio Tinto Limited price target 5.3% to $40, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

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