International News (Issue 442) – 31 March 2017


International News (Issue 442) – 31 March 2017

Though much of the press over last weekend pointed to major disappointment in Trump’s inability to broker a deal to repeal Obamacare, U.S equities seemed to pay scant attention.

The U.S economy is just too darn good.

Though a quiet week, U.S Consumer Confidence was released and showed the reading at a 15-year high.

Perhaps more encouragingly, Europe’s economy seems to be taking comfort from the strength seen in the United States, and this week we saw European and specifically German economic confidence reach its highest levels since the European sovereign debt crisis in 2011.

To cap things off, today saw the release of Chinese manufacturing data for March which is also at just shy of a 5-year high.


Friday 12pm Values

Index Change %
All Ordinaries 5922 +168 +2.9%
S&P / ASX 200 5884 +177 +3.1%
Property Trust Index 1389 +41 +3.0%
Utilities Index 8700 +158 +1.8%
Financials Index 6898 +283 +4.3%
Materials Index 9783 -7 -0.1%
Energy Index 9264 +414 +4.7%


Thursday closing Values

Index Change %
U.S. S&P 500 2368 +22 +0.9%
London’s FTSE 7370 +30 +0.4%
Japan’s Nikkei 19063 -22 -0.1%
Hang Seng 24301 -26 -0.1%
China’s Shanghai 3201 -38 -1.2%


Key Dates: Australian Companies 

Mon 3rd April Div Ex-Date: Vanguard ETF’s – VACF, VAF, VAE, VAP, VAS, VGB, VGE, VGS
Div Pay-Date: Tatts Group (TTS)
Tue 4th April Div Pay-Date: Commonweatlh Bank (CBA)
Wed 5th April Div Pay-Date: QUBE Holdings (QUB)
Thu 6th April Div Pay-Date: Cochlear (COH)
Fri 7th April Div Pay-Date: Woolworths (WOW)



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