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Aust shares look set to open lower

 

The Australian share market looks set to open lower, with no real lead to offer direction with US markets closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

At 0700 AEDT on Friday, the share price futures index was down 14 points, or 0.23 per cent, at 5,978.

Europe's key indexes closed flat, while Asia was mainly sharply negative with the CSI 300 dropping 2.96 per cent, Shanghai down 2.29 per cent, and the Hang Seng one per cent lower.

Locally, no major economic news is expected on Friday.

In equities news, Myer, Village Roadshow, Automotive Holdings, Kathmandu, AWE and Select Harvests have their annual general meetings scheduled for Friday.

The Australian market on Thursday closed flat as gains in the resources sector were offset by falls by the banks and consumer related stocks.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index fell 0.2 points at 5,986.2 points.

The broader All Ordinaries index was down 0.1 points at 6,067.5 points.

Meanwhile, the Australian dollar has lifted slightly against the greenback which has extended its losses from Wednesday.

The local currency was trading at 76.25 US cents at 0700 AEDT on Friday, from 76.19 on Thursday.

CURRENCY SNAPSHOT AT 0700 AEDT:

One Australian dollar buys:

* 76.25 US cents, from 76.19 on Thursday

* 84.81 Japanese yen, unchanged

* 64.33 euro cents, from 64.41 euro cents

* 57.31 British pence, from 57.18 pence

* 110.68 NZ cents, from 110.71 cents

GOLD:

The spot price of gold in Sydney at 0700 AEDT was $US1,290.68 per fine ounce, from $US1,289.01 per fine ounce onThursday.

BOND SNAPSHOT AT 0700 AEDT:

* CGS 4.50 per cent April 2020, 1.8245pct, unchanged

* CGS 4.75pct April 2027, 2.4679pct, unchanged

Sydney Futures Exchange prices:

* December 2017 10-year bond futures contract at 97.48 (implying a yield of 2.52pct), from 97.475 (implying a yield of 2.525pct) on Thursday

* December 2017 3-year bond futures contract at 98.07 (1.93pct), unchanged.

(*Bond market closes taken at 1630 AEDT previous local session; currency closes taken from 1700 AEDT previous local session)