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Chris Hutchings
AAP

Australian share looks set to open lower as the Nasdaq heads for a big fall on a tech-stock bailout

The Australian share market looks set to open lower as both the Nasdaq and the S&P head toward their biggest one-day losses in months.

At 0700 AEDT on Thursday, the share price futures index was down nine points, or 0.15 per cent, at 6,010.

In the US, investors have bailed out of high-flying tech stocks and shifted bets to banks and other pockets of the market that could benefit from improving economic conditions, lower regulations and taxes, and higher interest rates.

The Nasdaq looks set for its biggest one-day loss in more than three months while the S&P 500 is heading for its biggest one-day loss in more than five months.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.32 per cent, the S&P 500 was down 0.11 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite had dropped 1.47 per cent, by 3.21pm EST Wednesday (0723 Thursday AEDT).

Locally, in economic news on Thursday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics releases September quarter private capital expenditure and expected expenditure data, and October building approvals figures.

The Competition and Consumer Commission is expected to release the interim report from its inquiry into the dairy industry.

The HIA new homes sales report for October is also due out, as is the National Australia Bank Customer Spending Behaviours report for the third quarter.

In equities news, Aristocrat Leisure is expected to post full-year results, while Retail Food Group and Bank of Queensland hold their annual general meetings.

Meanwhile, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia's annual conference continues in Sydney, while speakers at Mumbrella Entertainment Marketing Summit includes Executive Director of Telstra Media Michele Garra and Telstra's Retail Marketing executive director, while the C2 Business Conference is on in Melbourne.

The Australian market on Wednesday rose with the share market's benchmark index breaching 6,000 points for second time in November thanks to gains by the major banks, miners and energy companies.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index rose 26.8 points, or 0.45 per cent, to 6,011.1 points.

The broader All Ordinaries index gained 29.4 points, or 0.48 per cent, to 6,096.1 points.

Meanwhile, the Australian dollar has recouped some of its overnight losses but remains markedly lower against its US counterpart.

The local currency was trading at 75.77 US cents at 0700 AEDT on Thursday, from 75.88 on Wednesday.

CURRENCY SNAPSHOT AT 0700 AEDT:

One Australian dollar buys:

* 75.77 US cents, from 75.88 on Wednesday

* 84.73 Japanese yen, from 84.66 yen

* 63.87 euro cents, from 64.03 euro cents

* 56.44 British pence, from 56.78 pence

* 109.94 NZ cents, from 110.05 cents

GOLD:

The spot price of gold in Sydney at 0700 AEDT was $US1,284.447 per fine ounce, from $US1,295.05 per fine ounce on Wednesday.

BOND SNAPSHOT AT 0700 AEDT:

* CGS 4.50 per cent April 2020, 1.7831pct, unchanged

* CGS 4.75pct April 2027, 2.4287pct, unchanged

Sydney Futures Exchange prices:

* December 2017 10-year bond futures contract at 97.480 (implying a yield of 2.520pct), from 97.515 (implying a yield of 2.485pct) on Wednesday

* December 2017 3-year bond futures contract at 98.08 (1.92pct), from 98.11 (1.89pct).

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