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What's happening in markets? Tuesday 26 February

Patrick Poke

Livewire Markets

More houses for sale than any time in the last 7 year despite lower levels of new listings – buyers absent; possible alliance between Newcrest Mining and Barrick Gold to purchase Newmont Mining; and Buffett talks to CNBC following his latest letter to investors. Here’s what’s happening in markets today.

It’s a buyer’s market out there

Tim Lawless from CoreLogic told ABC yesterday that despite new listings falling 22% and 15% in Sydney and Melbourne, the total number of listings has increased by 16% and 27% respectively. Properties are staying on the market for longer and demanding bigger discounts before selling.

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Newcrest Mining and Barrick Gold consider possible team-up

Barrick Gold is considering a purchase of US$19B Newmont Mining, but it may team up with Australia’s Newcrest Mining (NCM) in order to do so. Reportedly, Newcrest would gain control of Newmont’s Australian mines.

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Two hours with Warren Buffett

Following the release of the latest Berkshire Hathaway letter, Becky Quick from CNBC sat down with Warren for an in-depth, 2-hour long interview.  

Watch interview

Afterpay results

If you're keen to see the APT results, they were just released. At 10am the cross price was $19.10 (down from $20.50 yesterday). 

See results

Stocks to watch

The following companies have reported results so far this morning:

  • Afterpay Touch Group (APT)
  • Vista Group (VGL)
  • Mercury NZ (MCY)
  • Caltex (CTX) – also announced a $260m off-market buyback
  • BSA (BSA)
  • Boart Longyear (BLY)
  • Saferoads Holdings (SRH)
  • Bingo Industries (BIN)
  • Experience Co (EXP)
  • Autosports Group (ASG)
  • Velocity Property Group (VP7)
  • Probiotec (PBP)
  • Onvue Holdings (OVH)
  • Elixinol Global (EXL)
  • A2B Australia (A2B)
  • Amaysim (AYS)
  • Novita Healthcare (NHL)
  • CVC (CVC)
  • Raiz Invest (RZI)
  • Speedcast (SDA)
  • Hub24 (HUB)
  • Frontier Digital Ventures (FDV)
  • Aurora Labs (A3D)
  • Arq Group (ARQ)
  • Livehire (LVH)
  • Big River Industries (BRI)
  • Spark Infrastructure (SKI)
  • MOQ (MOQ)
  • Ovato (OVT)
  • Hills (HIL)
  • Slater & Gordon Lawyers (SGH)
  • Estia Health (EHE)
  • MNF Group (MNF)
  • SRG Global (SRG)
  • Wagners Holding Company
  • Cedar Woods (CWP)
  • Aeris Resources (AIS)
  • Swick Mining Services (SWK)
  • Yancoal (YAL)
  • Zenith Energy (ZEN)
  • Mitchell Services (MSV)

Key market data

  • ASX Futures: 6,131.0 (-0.28%)
  • AUD/USD: 0.7170 (+0.17%)
  • ASX200: 6,186.30 (+0.31%)
  • S&P 500: 2,796.11 (+0.12%)
  • China A50: 12,735.12 (+6.04%)
  • Australia 2-yr bond: 1.747 (+0.75%)
  • Australia 10-yr bond: 2.093 (+0.24%)
  • US 2-yr bond: 2.510 (+0.25%)
  • US 10-yr bond: 2.664 (-0.07%)
  • Gold (USD/oz): 1,329.70 (-0.03%)
  • Copper (USD/lb): 2.950 (-0.00%)
  • Brent Oil (USD/bbl): 64.94 (-3.25%)
  • 62% Iron Ore (USD/t): 84.5 (-2.65%)


Upcoming releases and events

  • ABS Construction Work Done for Q4 is releaqsed on Wednesday at 11:30am AEST
  • Private Sector Credit, Private CapEx, and HIA New Home Sales for Q1 are all released on Thursday at 11:30am AEST
  • US GDP for Q4 is released on Friday at 12:30am AEST
  • European Unemployment for January is released at 9pm Friday AEST. 

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Patrick Poke
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Livewire Markets

Patrick was one of Livewire’s first employees, joining in 2015 after nearly a decade working in insurance, superannuation, and retail banking. He is passionate about investing, with a particular interest in Australian small-caps.


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