Last week was a volatile but positive one for Australian investors. The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) ended its losing streak and recorded a 25.8 points or 0.5% gain to end the week at 4842.4 points.
Will things be better next week? Here are a few things to watch:
Wall Street tumbles but futures pointing higher.
The S&P/ASX 200 is poised to open the week a fraction higher despite heavy declines on Wall Street on Friday night. The Dow Jones dropped over 900 points or 4.1%, the S&P 500 fell 3.4%, and the technology-focused Nasdaq index tumbled 3.8% lower. Despite this, current SPI futures are pointing to the S&P/ASX 200 Index opening the week 6 points higher on Monday.
Shares going ex-dividend.
A number of ASX 200 shares are due to go ex-dividend next week and could trade lower. These include 4×4 auto parts manufacturer ARB Corporation Limited (ASX: ARB), real estate investment trust and property group Cromwell Group (ASX: CMW), and retail giant Harvey Norman Holdings Limited (ASX: HVN).
Dividends being paid.
The good news for retirees and income investors is that a number of blue chip ASX 200 shares are due to pay their dividends next week. This includes banks Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd (ASX: BEN) and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA), mining giant South32 Ltd (ASX: S32), insurance giant Suncorp Group Ltd (ASX: SUN), and conglomerate Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES).
Flight Centre and Webjet scheduled to return.
The shares of embattled travel agents Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX: FLT) and Webjet Limited (ASX: WEB) are scheduled to return from their suspensions next week. Both companies are currently working on capital raisings in order to provide sufficient liquidity to see them through these incredibly difficult trading conditions. Though, there is speculation that both companies are finding it harder than they would like to get the required funding.
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