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Australian market set to open lower

Australian market set to open lower

The Australian market looks set to open lower after US and European markets closed little changed but commodity prices fell.

At 0700 AEST on Thursday, the share price futures index was down eight points, or 0.14 per cent, at 5,732.

In the US, financials dropped with key banks blaming lower volatility for revenue falls.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1 per cent, the S&P 500 lost 0.05 per cent while the Nasdaq dropped 0.08 per cent.

It was a similar story in Europe where London's FTSE 100 lost 0.09 per cent but Germany's DAX gained 0.13 per cent although fresh political uncertainty and a lack of catalysts following a surprisingly strong earnings season say investors lock in gains.

Locally, in economic news on Tuesday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics releases April's retail trade figures and private capital expenditure and expected expenditure data for the March quarter.

May's manufacturing data is also expected.

In equities news, BHP Billiton Chief Commercial Officer Arnoud Balhuizen, who took over the role in March, is slate to speak at the Melbourne Mining Club.

The Australian market on Wednesday closed little changed as gains by banks and property developers were almost outweighed by falls by miners and energy companies.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index rose 6.7 points, or 0.12 per cent, to 5,724.6 points.

The broader All Ordinaries index added 5.3 points, or 0.09 per cent, to 5,761.3 points..

Meanwhile, the Australian dollar is lower

The local currency was trading at 74.30 US cents at 0700 AEST on Thursday, from 74.50 on Wednesday.

CURRENCY SNAPSHOT AT 0700 AEST:

One Australian dollar buys:

* 74.30 US cents, from 74.50 on Wednesday

* 82.30 Japanese yen, from 82.69 yen

* 66.08 euro cents, from 66.59 cents

* 57.65 British pence, from 58.15 pence

* 104.88 New Zealand cents, from 104.96 NZ cents

BOND SNAPSHOT AT 0700 AEST:

* CGS 4.50 per cent April 2020, 1.6351pct, from 1.6350pct

* CGS 4.75pct April 2027, 2..3865pct, from 2.387pct

Sydney Futures Exchange prices:

* June 2017 10-year bond futures contract at 97.575 (implying a yield of 2.425pct), from 97.585 (2.415pct on Wednesday

* June 2017 3-year bond futures contract at 98.31 (1.69pct), from 98.33 (1.67pct).

(*Currency closes taken at 1700 AEST previous local session, bond market closes taken at 1630 AEST previous local session)