On Friday the S&P/ASX 200 index finished a disappointing week on a positive note. The benchmark index climbed 0.25% to 6,584.4 points.
Will the Australian share market be able to build on this on Monday and start the week on a high? Here are five things to watch:
ASX 200 expected to tumble.
The S&P/ASX 200 index looks set to tumble lower on Monday after trade war concerns once again caused American investors to hit the sell button. According to the latest SPI futures, the ASX 200 index is poised to open the day 22 points or 0.35% lower this morning. On Wall Street the Dow Jones dropped 0.35%, the S&P 500 index fell 0.7%, and the Nasdaq sank 1%.
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank results.
The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd (ASX: BEN) share price will be on watch this morning when the regional bank releases its full year results. According to CommSec, the market is expecting the bank to report a net profit after tax of $421.75 million and declare a final dividend of 35 cents per share. A number of brokers have tipped the bank to release a very weak result due to falling rates and strong competition for mortgages.
Oil prices surges higher.
Energy producers including Beach Energy Ltd (ASX: BPT) and Oil Search Limited (ASX: OSH) could charge higher today after oil prices continued to rebound. According to Bloomberg, the WTI crude oil price climbed 3.7% to US$54.50 a barrel and the Brent crude oil price rose 2% to US$58.53 a barrel.
JB Hi-Fi result.
The JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) share price has been on fire this year. This has been driven by improving investor sentiment due to tax cuts and a potential uptick in the housing market. It also means expectations are high for the retailer with these results. According to CommSec, the analyst consensus is for a net profit after tax of $243.3 million.
Gold price edges lower.
The shares of Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) and Resolute Mining Limited (ASX: RSG) could drop lower today after the gold price edged slightly lower on Friday. According to CNBC, the spot gold price dropped 0.1% to US$1,508 an ounce.
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