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5 things to watch on the ASX 200 on Wednesday

On Tuesday the S&P/ASX 200 index fought back from a weak start to finish the day 0.4% higher at 6,500.1 points.

Will the market be able to build on this on Wednesday? Here are five things to watch:

ASX futures pointing higher.

The Australian share market looks set to continue its strong run on Wednesday. According to the latest SPI futures, the ASX 200 is expected to open the day 0.15% or 10 points higher this morning. This follows a very positive night of trade on Wall Street which saw the Dow Jones rise 0.8%, the S&P 500 climb 0.85%, and the Nasdaq index push 1.1% higher. Easing trade war concerns were the catalyst for these gains.

Fortescue shares trade ex-dividend.

The Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) share price is likely to trade sharply lower on Wednesday after going ex-dividend for its latest 60 cents per share fully franked dividend. The iron ore producer’s dividend will now be paid to eligible shareholders on June 14. Based on the last close price, this dividend alone provides investors with a fully franked 6.7% yield.

Oil prices mixed.

Australian energy producers including Oil Search Limited (ASX: OSH) and Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) will be on watch again on Wednesday after another mixed night of trade for oil prices. According to Bloomberg, the WTI crude oil price dropped 0.1% to US$63.02 a barrel and the Brent crude oil price rose 0.1% to US$72.03 a barrel.

Gold price lower.

Gold miners including Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX: EVN) and Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) may trade lower again after the gold price dropped to a two-week low. According to CNBC, the spot gold price fell 0.2% to US$1,274.60 an ounce after stocks rallied higher and the U.S. dollar strengthened.

Bank of Queensland dividend.

Eligible shareholders of Bank of Queensland Limited (ASX: BOQ) will be paid the regional bank’s interim dividend later today. The bank is paying shareholders a fully franked 34 cents per share dividend. This was down 4 cents on the prior corresponding period.

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