How was your Monday?
Some M&A action on the boards today and a green start to the week.
The mood is certainly brighter in Melbourne (even if the weather isn’t!) as we look forward to restrictions being eased later this week.
We can’t wait to enjoy a pot and a parma at the pub this weekend.
Also, if you haven’t checked out our ETF webinar with our partner VanEck, you can do so here.
The S&P/ASX 200 closed at a three-week high of 7,381 after rising 0.3% in Monday’s session, underpinned by gains in the materials and financials sectors
Wall Street closed higher on Friday with the S&P 500 up 0.8%, the Dow Jones up 1.1%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq up 0.5%. Futures for Monday’s are lower with the Dow Jones mini down 0.1%, Nasdaq mini down 0.2%, and S&P500 mini down 0.1%
Oil prices continue to rise during Asian trade with West Texas Intermediate oil up a further 1.5% to a seven-year high of $US83.50 a barrel. Brent crude is up 0.9% to $US82.28 a barrel, just shy of the 2018 highs
Aristocrat Leisure stunned with a $3.9 billion takeover of gambling software company Playtech to be funded from its own coffers, a direct loan, and an entitlement offer.