6 things Australian traders will be talking about this morning

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Good morning.

To the scoreboard:

  • Dow: 24,583.42 -608.01 (-2.41%)
  • S&P500: 2,656.10 -84.59 (-3.09%)
  • AUD/USD: 0.7062 -0.0030 (-0.42)
  • ASX SPI futures (December contracts): 5,700 (-94)

1. Global markets were gripped by another round of fear overnight, as US stocks got sold off sharply into the close. The S&P500 fell for the sixth straight session and has now wiped out its 2018 gains. ASX futures are down almost 100 points ahead of this morning’s open.

2. The tech-focused NASDAQ index lost almost 5% to fall into a technical correction. A day after Caterpillar downgraded its outlook on trade fears, concerns shifted from US industrial activity to the chip-making sector as the Philadelphia SE semiconductor index slumped more than 6% to a one-year low.

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3. The euro fell to a 2-month low as weak PMI data raised concerns about economic activity in the Eurozone. With markets in risk-off mode, the US dollar rose against most of the major pairs except for the safe-haven Japanese yen. “AUD/USD held up well considering the global mood,” Westpac’s Sean Callow said.

4. The flight for safety drove demand for bonds, as benchmark US 10-year bond yields fell by almost six basis points to 3.11%. In an interview with the WSJ, President Trump fired another warning shot at the Fed over rising interest rates.

5. Crude oil edged lower to fall below $US76 a barrel, after prices slumped by more than 4% the previous day. Gold and copper prices were little changed while iron ore shook off the volatility in global markets as prices rallied to fresh multi-month highs.

6. The Bank of Canada raised interest rates by 25 basis points to 1.75%, as expected. The Canadian dollar strengthened as the Bank of Canada upgraded its projections for business investment and exports, following the completion of a new US trade agreement earlier this month.

BONUS ITEM: Tesla shares surged by 10% in after-hours trade after the company reported a surprise Q3 profit.

Here’s a look at today’s economic calendar:

  • New Zealand trade data.
  • US durable goods orders and jobless claims.
  • European Central Bank monetary policy meeting.

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