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What to watch on the ASX this week

It is looking like a quiet but potentially volatile week for the ASX as financial markets come to grips with the trade tariffs President Trump announced last week.

A few things of note worth watching out for this week are listed below.


The Australian share market is set to follow the lead of U.S. markets and slide lower today. At the time of writing futures trading is pointing to the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) opening almost 1% lower. The gold miners could push higher today after the gold price lifted amid the increased volatility. The shares of Cedar Woods Properties Limited (ASX: CWP) and SEEK Limited (ASX: SEK) go ex-dividend this morning.


Overnight on Monday New York Fed President William Dudley will speak about the future of financial regulation. Markets may be watching out to see if Mr Dudley offers an opinion on the outlook for U.S. rate rises in 2018. Back home, G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) shares will be on watch when childcare workers walk off the job in the hope of negotiating a pay rise. Elsewhere, Japara Healthcare Ltd (ASX: JHC) and Webjet Limited (ASX: WEB) are two of a number of shares going ex-dividend on Tuesday. While eligible BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) shareholders can look forward to receiving the mining giant’s interim dividend in their nominated accounts.


Wednesday looks set to be a quiet day with no significant data due to be released at home or abroad. The Virtus Health Ltd (ASX: VRT) and Rural Funds Group (ASX: RFF) shares are going ex-dividend on Wednesday morning. Eligible Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) shareholders will receive the banking giant’s interim dividend.


Thursday is set to be equally quiet as markets prepare for the Easter break. Adelaide Brighton Ltd. (ASX: ABC) shares go ex-dividend on Thursday morning, while eligible Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) and ASX Ltd (ASX: ASX) shareholders are due to be paid their latest dividends just in time for Easter egg shopping.


The Australian share market is closed for Good Friday.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro owns shares of SEEK Limited. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended RURALFUNDS STAPLED. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of Altium and ASX Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended G8 Education Limited, SEEK Limited, Virtus Health Limited, and Webjet Ltd. 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 Scott Phillips.

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