Morning Briefing: Markets await Trump tax plans

Morning Briefing: Markets await Trump tax plans

Morning Briefing: Markets await Trump tax plans Markets await Trump tax plans

President Trump is expected to set out his plans for reforming America’s tax regime Wednesday and markets are betting on it being good news for business.

The big one is whether than 15 per cent rate for corporates that was proposed during his election campaign will feature – and how the lost revenue will be found.

Asian markets closed higher on the wave of optimism from Wall Street which saw a strong performance in the previous session. Earnings were also in focus along with Australian consumer price data which was up from the previous reading but lower than expected.

European indexes are generally lower so far though, as regional earnings take centre stage. Geopolitics are less of a concern currently for the markets but are likely to re-emerge in the region as the second round of French elections draw nearer.
Wall Street and Toronto are expected to open flat. US oil data is due.
 

 

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North America (previous session)

US Dow Jones

20,996.12 (+1.12 per cent)

+1.94 per cent

+16.71 per cent

TSX Composite

15,745.19 (+0.21 per cent)

+1.96 per cent

+14.02 per cent

 

Europe (at 5.00am ET)

UK FTSE

7,277.52 (+0.03 per cent)

-0.81 per cent

+15.80 per cent

German DAX

12,464.36 (-0.02 per cent)

+3.32 per cent

+21.49 per cent

 

Asia (at close)

China CSI 300

3,445.78 (+0.13 per cent)

-1.26 per cent

+8.39 per cent

Japan Nikkei

19,289.43 (+1.10 per cent)

+0.14 per cent

+11.16 per cent

 

Other Data (at 5.00am ET)

Oil (Brent)

Oil (WTI)

Gold

Can. Dollar

52.00

(-0.19 per cent)

49.46

(-0.20 per cent)

1267.30

(+0.01 per cent)

U$0.7368

 

Aus. Dollar

U$0.7503



South Africa’s nuclear energy plan scuppered

South Africa was intending to roll out a nuclear energy program and had signed deals with Russia and the US among others to make it a reality.

That plan in now shelved following a Cape Town court’s ruling that the government had not complied with the rules by failing to hold public consultations and parliamentary debates.

Two civil-society groups brought the legal action claiming that the government’s handling of the program was unconstitutional.