S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) (ASX:XJO) opened around flat but proceeded to give up 32 points to be down -0.5% in the first hour at around 6,990 points.
Pre-market: S&P/ASX 200 futures suggesting flat start after US markets fell Friday
ASX 200 futures are pointing to a flat start today after a weak Friday in the US markets neutralised short-term confidence.
The coronavirus continues to impact Asian markets with mixed messages as to its severity adding to the lack of conviction in the indices.
Reporting season continues today with stocks to report including AZJ, GPT, JBH and PPS.
Last Friday, the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) closed down 18.07 or -0.54% to 3,327.71 and the Nasdaq Composite (INDEXNASDAQ: .IXIC) closed down 51.61 or -0.54% to 9,520.51.
Gold remains relatively strong at US$1,574 per ounce and Crude Oil WTI continues to be weak at US$50.35 per barrel, down over US$10 per barrel in 2020 already.
Morning Report 10 Feb 20: US markets ease despite strong jobs growth pic.twitter.com/PaJGqUSqqY— CommSec (@CommSec) February 9, 2020
AUD continues to slide
The coronavirus has added more pressure to the AUD which continues to move lower against the USD.
Year to date, AUDUSD has fallen over 5% from 70.2 cents to 66.6 cents.
After rising most of last week to over 70 cents, AUDUSD has fallen to 0.6940, which will provide some support for the ASX today.
The macroeconomic data points to be released today feature China’s year-on-yeah CPI and PPI rates.
CPI, which measures inflation is forecast to be 4.9%, while the PPI, a leading indicator of inflation, is forecast to be 0.1%.