ASX 200 poised for a lift amid mixed global market signals

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ASX 200 poised for a lift amid mixed global market signals

SYDNEY - The Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) 200 is expected to see an uplift at the start of the week, despite a slight downturn at last week's close. SPI futures indicate a 0.4% rise on Monday, following a minor fall of 0.1% to 7,049.4 points the previous week. This optimistic forecast aligns with the positive momentum from U.S. markets, where the S&P 500 edged up by 0.13%, the NASDAQ by 0.08%, and the Russell 2000 notably by 1.35%.

The energy sector is set to receive mixed signals as Beach Energy (OTC: BCHEY ) Ltd. (ASX:BPT) and Santos Ltd. (ASX:STO) may benefit from an earlier reported near 4% increase in WTI and Brent crude prices by Bloomberg. However, recent developments saw Brent crude prices retreating to US$79.80 per barrel, potentially impacting ASX energy shares.

Investors will also be eyeing Pro Medicus Limited (ASX:PME), which is expected to share new financial insights at its annual general meeting today. Additionally, Neuren Pharmaceuticals (ASX:NEU) maintains its buy rating and a $17.50 price target from Bell Potter, bolstered by DAYBUE's significant presence in the U.S. market.

Gold-focused companies such as Newmont Corporation (NYSE:NEM) and Northern Star Resources Ltd. (ASX:NST) might face a subdued start to the week as gold prices have experienced a slight decrease to US$1,983.5 an ounce according to CNBC.

In other corporate news, investors are tracking several developments:

  • IVZ's Scotty Macmillan reported gas recovery at Mukuyu-2 well despite drilling challenges.
  • DRE announced a lithium discovery at Mangaroon within the Gascoyne project.
  • NVA revealed high-grade gold rock chip samples from its Estelle area.
  • WBT confirmed its chip technology's resilience in high temperatures with support from SkyWater Technology.
  • XTE secured a A$2.8 million contract for body armor amid servicing global hotspots.

Looking ahead, market players are anticipating the release of minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia and an address by Bullock on Tuesday, along with Canada’s inflation numbers and U.S. Federal Reserve minutes later in the week.

Italy's economic outlook has been reassessed as stable by Moody’s after pandemic-induced instability, providing a broader context for global market trends that could influence Australian equities.

This array of economic indicators and corporate updates presents a complex picture for investors as they navigate through various sectors and international influences that shape market performance at the opening of the week.

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