Wall Street moves between gains and losses after the US central bank releases its meeting minutes, while Australian investors await some major company results and January jobs figures.
The Australian share market is eyeing gains at the start of trade, after a strong sales result from US retail giant Walmart helped lift Wall Street.
The Australian share market looks set for a fairly muted start to trade, as investors await local earnings results from mining giant BHP, supermarket Coles and vitamin maker Blackmores.
Australian woolgrowers are set to benefit from the suspension of wool exports from South Africa to China due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
The ASX December half results season has been far from a disaster, but there are signs of problems ahead.
Shrinking herds, online auctions and the centralisation of farms mean many small saleyards, such as the loss-making Millicent venue, face dwindling visitors and sales.
A surprise slump in US pre-Christmas retail sales renews fears the world's biggest economy is joining a worsening global economic slowdown and sinks Wall Street.
With six Chinese companies delisted from the Australian Securities Exchange last year — for everything from failing to lodge accounts to concerns about whether funds were spent as promised — investors are being warned to exercise caution.
Wall Street rises again on renewed hopes the US and China can resolve their trade war, with reports China's President will himself meet an American delegation tomorrow.
Some florists are noticing a decline in the number of young customers buying Valentine's Day flowers — but others in the industry say it may signify a growing preference for strange alternatives.