Fresh highs beckon for ASX following record close on Wall St

Fresh highs beckon for ASX following record close on Wall St

4. ASX to open higher, Retail Sales in focus: SPI futures are pointing to a more settled start to the day’s trading for the ASX200 this morning, suggesting the index ought to add 5 points at the open. The day’s trade locally will be heavily focused on the release of Retail Sales data for the month of November at 11.30AM (AEDT), for a read on how the ailing Australian consumer is faring. The data is expected to reveal sales expanded by 0.4 per cent on a MoM basis.

5. China data boosts hopes for stimulus: Chinese economic data provided a small uplift to risk appetite on Thursday. CPI and PPI numbers were printed, and revealed the former expanded by 4.5% YoY last month, while the latter contracted by 0.5%, YoY. The PPI numbers proved somewhat disappointing. But the CPI figures came as a pleasant surprise to traders. It showed a small drop in consumer inflation, and supported the notion that Chinese policymakers may have more wriggle room to ply stimulus to China’s economy, if it were required.

6. Pound drops as BOE cuts flagged: The Pound dipped into the 1.30 handle last night, as further doubts were cast over the strength of the UK economy. Several UK retailers, including Tesco and Marks and Spencer flagged that consumer activity in the economy over the holiday period was sluggish. The pain for the Pound was compounded last night by a speech delivered by Bank of England head Mark Carney, who acknowledged currently weak economic fundamentals, and the potential need for monetary policy stimulus to support future growth.

7. US jobs numbers to cap-off the week: The week’s trade will culminate in the release of US Non-Farm Payrolls data tonight. The US jobs numbers are estimated to show that the US economy added 162k new jobs last month, and managed to maintain the unemployment rate, at 3.5%, at a 50-year low. Market participants will be looking for another “goldilocks” print from the jobs data, with a robust jobs change number, but a steady wage growth figure that show’s inflation remains at bay in the US economy.

8. Market wrap 

ASX futures up 16 points or 0.2% to 6831 near 6.45am AEDT

AUD -0.2% to 68.51 US centsOn Wall St about 2.30pm: Dow +0.7% S&P 500 +0.6% Nasdaq +0.7%In New York: BHP -0.9% Rio -0.8% Atlassian +3% Apple 2%In Europe: Stoxx 50 +0.6% FTSE +0.3% CAC +0.2% DAX +1.3%Nikkei 225 futures flatSpot gold -0.3% to $US1552.15/oz at 1.09pm New YorkBrent crude flat at $US65.45 a barrelUS oil -0.3% to $US59.44 a barrelIron ore -1.9% to $US94.37 a tonneDalian iron ore -1.1% to 660 yuanLME aluminium +0.2% to $US1803.50 a tonneLME copper flat at $US6180 a tonne2-year yield: US 1.59% Australia 0.80%5-year yield: US 1.66% Australia 085%10-year yield: US 1.86% Australia 1.23% Germany -0.18%10-year US/Australia yield gap near 5.15am AEDT: 63 basis points

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