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20 December 2019 08:37 AM
Overseas Market ReportCurrent
PreviousChangeDaily %
Monthly %
Dow Jones Industrial Average28,37728,239138.000.492.00
S&P 5003,2053,19114.000.453.12
FTSE 100 Index7,5747,54133.000.444.29
DAX 3013,21213,222-10.00-0.080.41
CAC 40 Index5,9725,96013.000.211.33
Nikkei 225 (Japan)23,87523,86510.000.043.14
SSE Composite Index3,0173,0170.000.003.64
S&P/TSX Composite Index17,06417,03232.000.190.34
NZ 5011,47811,481-2.00-0.024.58
US Volatility (Vix)12
Overseas Market Report

US sharemarkets rose to all-time highs on Thursday. The market shrugged-off US President Donald Trump's impeachment, as the Republican-controlled Senate is widely expected not to convict him and remove him from office. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said an initial US-China trade deal would be signed in early January. Cisco Systems (+2.7%) was the top performer on the Dow Jones. Conagra Brands (+15.9%) shares rose after the Slim Jim maker beat quarterly sales and profit estimates. At the close of trade, the Dow Jones index rose by 137 points or 0.5%. The S&P500 index lifted by 0.5% and the Nasdaq index was up by 59 points or 0.7%. 

Global oil prices rose to fresh 3-month highs on Thursday, supported by low US inventories and a more positive demand outlook. The most active Brent crude contract rose by US37 cents or 0.6% to US$66.54 a barrel. And the US Nymex price lifted by US29 cents or 0.5% to US$61.22 a barrel. 

Base metal prices were mostly higher on the London Metal Exchange on Thursday. Zinc (+1.2%) inventories fell for a 12th straight day to 53,525 tonnes. Nickel (+2.2%), aluminium (+1.1%) and copper (+0.7%) all lifted, but lead fell by 0.2%. 

The gold futures price rose by US$5.60 or 0.4% to US$1,478.20 an ounce. Spot gold was trading near US$1,478 an ounce in late US trade. Iron ore rose by US90 cents or 1.0% to US$93.20 a tonne, despite oversupply concerns for 2020.

PreviousChangeDaily %
Monthly %
Oil Brent66.5466.170.370.569.24
Oil - West Texas crude61.1161.18-0.07-0.117.00
Gold Spot $/OZ1,479.001,479.000.300.020.51
Silver Spot $/OZ17.1017.100.000.05-0.46
Iron Ore85.1085.60-0.50-0.554.35
Thermal Coal Newcastle66.5066.200.300.38-1.41
APAC Hard Coking Coal FOB145.50139.006.504.680.69
Aluminium ($US/t)1,7741,75520.001.132.35
Copper Mar-18 ($US/lb)2.832.821.400.516.59
Lead ($US/t)1,8971,901-4.00-0.22-4.46
Nickel ($US/t)14,11413,804310.002.24-3.56
Zinc ($US/t)2,3282,30127.001.16-1.55
Tin ($US/t)17,38517,30580.000.468.89
Uranium ($US/lb)25.0025.000.000.00-1.93
Australian Market ReportCurrent
PreviousChangeDaily %
Monthly %
ASX All Ords6,9306,943-12.00-0.181.49
S&P/ASX 2006,8216,833-12.00-0.181.46
ASX 24 Futures6,756
Australian Market Report

Thursday 19 December 2019 - close. The Australian share market has closed lower after positive November jobs data pared the chances of a February interest rate cut and took the gloss off local equities. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index finished Thursday 18.3 points, or 0.27 per cent, lower at 6,833.1 points, while the broader All Ordinaries slipped 14.4 points, or 0.21 per cent, to 6,942.6 points.

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Cassini Resources Ltd (CZI.ASX, 8.5cps, m.cap A$36.8m with 427.8m SOI, Cash cA$7.3m, Base Metals Explorer)

  • CZI has announced the results from recent drilling at the One Tree Hill Prospect and Succoth Deposit within the West Musgrave Project (“WMP” or the “Project”) in Western Australia.
  • One Tree Hill
    • Significantly improved geological and structural interpretation following high resolution aeromagnetics and step out drilling
    • Priority target zone defined in interpreted fold-hinge 
  • Succoth 
    • Infill drilling supports new geological interpretation more favourable for open-pit mining 
    • Evaluation of potential mineralisation extensions continuing
  • A link to the full announcement can be found here.
  • PLease contact your adviser or the desk on +61 8 6319 7807 should you wish to discuss further

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