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$350k to solve this woman's death: Yahoo Finance Monday morning wrap

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: A police presence is seen outside 118 Clarence St on August 13, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Good morning.

Here’s what you need to know in finance and beyond this Monday morning to kick off your week:

ASX: Australian shares are expected to dip when trading resumes this week, with investors feeling cautious as the market teeters near record highs.

The SPI200 futures contract was down 17 points, or 0.24 per cent, at 7049 at 0700 AEDT on Monday.

The Australian share market closed higher for a fourth day on Friday, and US shares ended the week mixed.

AUD: The Australian dollar was trading at 67.24 US cents at 0700 AEDT on Monday, up fro 67.18 US on Friday as the market closed.

Backpackers are being asked to help with bushfire recovery, with the government making changes to visa rules to help Australia rebuild. Find out about the changes here.

Buying a home this year? There are some areas you should side-step, because it’s being hit by both oversupply as well as construction risk. Here’s where they are.

$350,000 is on offer to anyone who solves this suspicious death. This day five years ago, Sydney great-grandmother Jean Harrison was found seriously injured on a road. She was taken to hospital, but died the following morning. NSW Police are offering this reward for information that might lead to the conviction of those responsible.

New cases of coronavirus are slowing down. Within China, authorities reported 2009 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, down from more than 2600 new cases the previous day.

The new cases brought the total infections to 68,500 in mainland China, with 1665 deaths, including 143 reported on Sunday. Read more here.

ICYMI

Coles’ latest Stickeez campaign will be impacted by coronavirus. Coronavirus will also affect Australians’ shopping habits at a time when supermarkets are already struggling, AMP Capital senior economist Diana Mousina told financial comparison site Canstar.

“Coronavirus will definitely have an impact on food spending over the next few months,” Mousina said. Lucy Dean reports.

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