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04 February 2020 06:50 AM
Overseas Market ReportCurrent
PreviousChangeDaily %
Monthly %
Dow Jones Industrial Average28,40028,256144.000.51-0.82
S&P 5003,2493,22623.000.730.43
FTSE 100 Index7,3267,28640.000.55-3.88
DAX 3013,04512,98263.000.49-1.32
CAC 40 Index5,8335,80626.000.45-3.50
Nikkei 225 (Japan)22,97223,205-233.00-1.01-2.89
SSE Composite Index2,7472,977-230.00-7.72-10.93
S&P/TSX Composite Index17,38017,31861.000.351.84
NZ 5011,54511,550-6.00-0.05-0.42
US Volatility (Vix)18
Overseas Market Report

US sharemarkets rebounded on Monday. Technology stocks led the gains. Shares in Alphabet (Google) rose by 3.6% with Microsoft up 2.4%. Shares in Tesla rose 19.9% after Japan's Panasonic posted its first quarterly profit in its US battery business with the electric-car maker. A surprise lift in the ISM manufacturing index boosted investor confidence. At the close of trade, the Dow Jones index was up by 144 points or 0.5% after earlier being up 374 points. The S&P500 index rose by 0.7% and the Nasdaq gained 122 points or 1.3%. 

Global oil prices fell by up to 3.8% on Monday to 12-month lows. Investors remain worried that the coronavirus outbreak would dampen global economic activity and demand for oil. But OPEC sources have told Reuters that the OPEC+ group (OPEC and Russia and other allies) could cut production by 500,000 barrels per day. Brent crude fell by US$2.17 or 3.8% to US$54.45 a barrel. The US Nymex price fell by US$1.45 or 2.8% to US$50.11 a barrel. 

Base metal prices were lower by up to 3.2% on the London Metal Exchange on Monday with lead down the most. But copper only lost 0.9% with nickel down 1% 

The gold futures price fell by US$5.70 an ounce to US$1,577.20 an ounce. Spot gold was trading near US$1,576 an ounce in late US trade. Iron ore fell by US$2.75 or 3.3% to US$79.80 a tonne.

PreviousChangeDaily %
Monthly %
Oil Brent54.2356.62-2.39-4.22-20.95
Oil - West Texas crude50.1151.56-1.45-2.81-20.52
Gold Spot $/OZ1,577.001,577.
Silver Spot $/OZ17.7017.700.00-0.03-2.12
Iron Ore89.3089.300.000.005.59
Thermal Coal Newcastle66.3066.300.000.00-1.78
APAC Hard Coking Coal FOB149.00149.70-0.65-0.432.76
Aluminium ($US/t)1,6601,706-45.00-2.64-7.36
Copper ($US/lb)2.512.52-1.00-0.40-10.05
Lead ($US/t)1,8371,898-61.00-3.21-3.46
Nickel ($US/t)12,64012,772-132.00-1.03-7.62
Zinc ($US/t)2,1552,212-57.00-2.58-7.14
Tin ($US/t)16,21616,425-209.00-1.27-3.48
Uranium ($US/lb)25.0025.000.000.00-0.60
Australian Market ReportCurrent
PreviousChangeDaily %
Monthly %
ASX All Ords7,0207,121-101.00-1.422.40
S&P/ASX 2006,9237,017-94.00-1.342.82
ASX 24 Futures6,856
Australian Market Report

Monday 3 February 2020 - close. The local share market has nosedived amid fear that the deadly coronavirus epidemic will cause a prolonged shutdown of Australia's biggest trading partner. The Australian benchmark S&P/ASX200 index finished Monday down 93.9 points, or 1.34 per cent, at 6,923.3, while the broader All Ordinaries index fell 101.3 points, or 1.42 per cent, to 7,019.9.

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Cobre Ltd: (CBE.ASX, 25cps, m.cap A$24.2m with 96.8m SOI, Cash $10m, Base Metals Explorer)

  • Cobre Limited performed strongly on its first day as a listed company on the ASX last Friday following its $10m IPO comprising 50m shares at $0.20/share 
  • Strong IPO interest was generated from both existing and new investors including Bill Beament, Mark Clarke, Evy Hambro and Brian Flannery
  • Exploration approvals are in place for a diamond core, reverse circulation, and aircore drilling programme across Cobre's tenements within the Perrinvale Project in Western Australia
  • The initial drilling program will target an extension of the high-grade VMS mineralisation identified at Perrinvale in June 2019 returning 5m @ 9.75 per cent copper, 3.2 g/t Au and 34 g/t Ag. This initial program will include ~1,000m of diamond drilling at the Schwabe, Zinco Lago and Monti Prospects.
  • Exploration personnel are on-site making preparations, with the drilling program commenced with 10 potential VMS prospects already identified
  • Please contact your adviser or the desk +61 8 6319 7807 should you wish to discuss further

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