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ASX 200 to lift: 7 shares you need to watch today

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) is set to rise again this morning with the Sydney Futures Exchange pointing to a 23-point lift at the open. That follows another positive session for international equity markets on Friday.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): up 0.33%
  • DAX (Germany): up 0.22%
  • CAC 40 (France): up 0.60%
  • Dow Jones (USA): up 0.72%
  • NASDAQ (USA): up 0.50%

Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN) could receive some attention today, after it announced it will add non-stop flights from Perth to London in March 2018.

Aged care operator Estia Health Ltd (ASX: EHE) has also entered a trading halt pending a capital raising.

And travel insurance provider Cover-More Group Ltd (ASX: CVO) said it has received a takeover offer from Zurich Insurance Company. The offer is for $1.95 cash per share, 34% above Friday’s closing price.

EVOLUTION FPO (ASX: EVN), Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST), St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) and other gold miners could come under some pressure today after the gold price slipped another 0.9%.

Sirtex Medical Limited (ASX: SRX) could also receive some more attention today after its shares were crushed on Friday. The shares fell as much as 52% at one stage after a disappointing trading update, although they ended the session ‘just’ 37.2% lower.

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Motley Fool contributor Ryan Newman has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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