ASX200: Futures Point Northwards ahead of Retail Sales Numbers
It was back into the green for the ASX200 on Thursday.
Reversing a 0.15% loss from Wednesday, the ASX200 rose by 0.11% to end the day at 7,407.29.
Bank stocks weighed on Thursday, while commodity and tech stocks delivered support, with the upside coming off the back of modest gains from the U.S on Wednesday.
Economic data was limited to private new CAPEX figures in the early part of the session.
In the 3rd quarter, private new CAPEX fell by 2.2% versus a forecasted 2.0% decline. Private new CAPEX had increased by 4.4% in the previous quarter.
According to the ABS.
- Buildings and structures slipped by 0.2%, while expenditures on equipment, plant, & machinery slid by 4.1%.
- While negative, the estimate for 2021-22 was raised by 8.7% to A$138.6bn.
The Market Movers
It was a bearish day for the banks. CBA led the way down, sliding by 1.45%, with ANZ and Westpac seeing losses of 0.87% and 0.78% respectively. NAB and Macquarie Group ended the day down by 0.46% and by 0.72% respectively.
Commodity stocks had a bullish session, delivering much-needed support. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and Rio Tinto led the way, with gains of 1.76% and 1.64% respectively. Newcrest Mining and BHP Group ended the day up by 0.46% and by 0.99% respectively.
Other Asian Markets
Elsewhere, it was another mixed session. The Nikkei and the Hang Seng Index rose by 0.67% and by 0.22% respectively, while the CSI300 slipped by 0.41%.
The Day Ahead
It’s another relatively quiet day ahead on the Aussie economic calendar. Retail sales figures for October will be in focus early in the session. Expect plenty of influence, with consumption key to the economic recovery.
With the U.S markets having been closed on Thursday, expect the futures markets to also provide direction alongside commodity prices.
A continued rise in new COVID-19 cases across Europe, however, will likely test support for riskier assets, however.
In the futures markets, at the time of writing, the ASX200 was up by 4 points.
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