6 shares you need to watch on Thursday

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) will look to recover yesterday’s losses with the futures market pointing to a 21-point rise at the opening bell.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): up 0.14%
  • DAX (Germany): up 0.13%
  • CAC 40 (France): up 0.1%
  • Dow Jones (USA): down 0.01%
  • NASDAQ (USA): up 0.67%

The Vocus Group Ltd (ASX: VOC) share price could receive some more attention today after the company opened its books to private equity firm KKR yesterday. More bids are not out of the question from other private equity firms, as well.

The Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX: FLT) share price could be a hot topic again today, as well. The travel agency business provided an upbeat profit guidance yesterday that saw its shares zoom higher to just over $44 per share, up from less than $40.

Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd (ASX: CCL) was also in the headlines this morning, with The Australian Financial Review reporting that Woolworths Limited (ASX: WOW), one of the primary sellers of Coca-Cola products in Australia, is refusing to stock Coca-Cola No Sugar. The product was launched last month as a way to attract more health-conscious consumers back to its products.

The BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) share price could also be in focus. The AFR reported the views of London-based analyst Paul Gait, who believes the miner could look to spin off its petroleum assets.

Other energy businesses such as Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) could also receive some attention after oil prices slipped almost 4% overnight.

Before getting started on your day, be sure to check out these two articles:

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Motley Fool contributor Ryan Newman owns shares of Vocus Communications Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of Flight Centre Travel Group Limited and Vocus Communications Limited. 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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