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ASX 200 to drift on Wednesday: 7 shares you need to watch today

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) is expected to open slightly higher this morning, with the futures market pointing to a mere 3-point gain at the opening bell.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): up 0.2%
  • DAX (Germany): up 0.34%
  • CAC 40 (France): down 0.49%
  • Dow Jones (USA): up 0.19%
  • NASDAQ (USA): up 0.19%

Commodity prices drifted lower again overnight, with iron ore and oil prices both falling nearly 2%. Gold remains around the US$1,230 per ounce mark while the Australian dollar is fetching US76.24 cents.

Carsales.Com Ltd (ASX: CAR) has delivered its half-year earnings report, reporting a 7% lift in revenue but an 8% decline in net profit.

REIT BWP Trust (ASX: BWP) also reported its results. Revenue rose 1% for the six months to December 2016 while its profits before gains on investment properties was 4% higher for the period.

Cimic Group Ltd (ASX: CIM), whose share price rose 3.3% on Tuesday, also reported a net profit of $580.3 million for the full-year, which represented an 11.5% gain that was at the top end of guidance provided by management.

Mining giant Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) is also expected to report its results after the market closes this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Ardent Leisure Group (ASX: AAD) showed how the Dreamworld tragedy had impacted attendance at its theme parks. In a note to investors, the entertainment business said that the Theme Parks division recorded revenue of just under $7 million during January, down more than 50% on the prior corresponding period.

Other shares that will likely be in focus today include Transurban Group (ASX: TCL) and Mobile Embrace Ltd (ASX: MBE). Shares of Transurban soared on Tuesday following an encouraging earnings update while Mobile Embrace lost almost half their value following its own business update.

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