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5 things to watch on the ASX 200 on Wednesday

On Tuesday the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) gave back its strong morning gains to finish the day lower. The benchmark index fell a disappointing 2% to 5,076.8 points.

Will the local share market be able to bounce back from this on Wednesday? Here are five things to watch:

ASX 200 expected to rebound.      

The ASX 200 looks set to rebound this morning despite a poor night of trade on Wall Street. According to the latest SPI futures, the benchmark index is expected to jump 1.4% or 73 points higher at the open. In late trade on Wall Street the Dow Jones is down 1.6%, the S&P 500 is 1.5% lower, and the Nasdaq index has fallen 1.1%. This means the Dow is on course for its worst ever first quarter.

Oil prices mixed.

Energy producers including Oil Search Limited (ASX: OSH) and Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) will be on watch today after a mixed night for oil prices. According to Bloomberg, the WTI crude oil price is up 1.6% to US$20.41 a barrel and the Brent crude oil price has dropped 0.2% to US$22.71 a barrel. Oil prices have had their worst month and quarter on record.

Gold price tumbles.

Gold miners such as Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) and Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) could come under pressure today after the gold price dropped lower. According to CNBC, the spot gold price is down 2.8% to US$1,597.20 an ounce. Despite this sizeable decline, the gold price is set to record its sixth consecutive quarterly gain.

Premier Investments rated as neutral.

The Premier Investments Limited (ASX: PMV) share price will be on watch on Wednesday after Goldman Sachs rated its shares as neutral. It has downgraded its FY 2020 revenue and profit forecasts by 12.2% and 23.1%, respectively, to account for store closures. The broker has a $13.50 price target on the retailer’s shares.

Iron ore price rises.

It could be a positive day of trade for iron ore producers BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) and Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG). On Tuesday iron ore prices pushed higher in both London and China. The benchmark 62% fines rose 0.4% to US$83.32 a tonne on the London Metals Exchange.

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