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5 shares you need to watch on Wednesday

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) appears set to slip further this morning following yesterday’s 13-point decline.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): down 0.16%
  • DAX (Germany): down 0.08%
  • CAC 40 (France): down 0.26%
  • Dow Jones (USA): down 0.46%
  • NASDAQ (USA): down 0.19%

The BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) share price could come under pressure today after the copper price was hammered overnight.

According to The Australian Financial Review, copper prices were slammed more than 4% – it’s biggest drop in two years – as inventories rose and the US dollar firmed. Rio Tinto Limited’s (ASX: RIO) internationally-listed shares fell overnight, as well.

The retail space could receive more attention today. Shares like JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) and Harvey Norman Holdings Limited (ASX: HVN), which have both fallen so far in 2017, each rose more than 6% after Australians were left ‘underwhelmed’ by Amazon.com’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) local opening.

On the other hand, shares such as Altium Ltd (ASX: ALU) were hit hard and could thus receive more attention today.

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John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Ryan Newman owns shares of Amazon. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of Amazon. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of Altium. 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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