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7 shares you need to watch on Thursday

The futures market is pointing to another jump today following a reasonable night for shares on Wall Street.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): up 0.4%
  • DAX (Germany): down 0.13%
  • CAC 40 (France): down 0.13%
  • Dow Jones (USA): up 0.36%
  • NASDAQ (USA): up 0.4%

Protection solutions business Ansell Limited (ASX: ANN) has agreed to sell its Sexual Wellness business for a grand sum of US$600 million, while also announcing a share buy-back program for up to 10% of the company’s issued capital.

Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) is one of a number of companies that have reported financial results today. It reported a 21.6% increase in revenue during the first-half to $1.23 billion, while its profit surged nearly 57% to around $250 million.

Mesoblast limited (ASX: MSB) also released its third-quarter results this morning. The company reported further cash outflow improvements with a reduction of $16.4 million for the nine months, compared to the prior corresponding period.

Likewise, the Gentrack Group Ltd (ASX: GTK) share price will be in focus after it reported a 24% increase in revenue for the first half of 2017, in addition to 46% growth in net profit. It noted that its employee headcount had risen 24% over the same period last year.

Investors will also be hopeful for some stability in the resources sector following yesterday’s sell-down. The Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) share price was among those hit, down almost 5%, while gold miners St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) and Regis Resources Limited (ASX: RRL) also fell sharply.

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