Here are the stories from the S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO)(^AXJO) and Australian finance circles today. The ASX 200 is expected to open higher, according to futures trading in Sydney.

First, here are the data points:

Australian Dollar ($A) (AUDUSD): 72.67 US cents

Dow Jones (DJI): closed

Oil (WTI): $US52.93 per barrel

Gold: $US1,242 per ounce

Finance News

US markets were closed overnight however European shares closed modestly lower following yesterday’s broad market sell-off.

In sharemarket news today, one of the world’s largest dairy organisations, Fonterra Shareholders’ Fund (ASX: FSF) revised lower its farmgate milk price from between $6.25 and $6.50 per milk solid to between $6.00 and $6.30.

The reason milk prices are expected to fall, according to Fonterra Chairman John Monaghan, is due to supply exceeding demand.

“Since our October milk price update, production from Europe has flattened off the back of dry weather and rising feed costs,” Monaghan said. “US milk volumes are still forecast to be up one per cent for the year.”

Uranium company Paladin Energy Ltd (ASX: PDN) announced it will commence a concept study at its Langar Heinrich operation ahead of a decision to restart production. Early in 2018, following sustained low uranium prices, Paladin made a decision to place the operation on care and maintenance.

“The Company will consider multiple processing options for the mine,” Paladin CEO Scott Sullivan said. “…which would give priority to initiatives to strengthen Paladin’s plan for a rapid, reliable restart of Langer Heinrich once the uranium price has improved.”

Finally, Raiz Invest Ltd (ASX: RZI), formerly known for its ‘Acorns’ investing app (now called Raiz), reported a 0.8% decline in active customers for November 2018. However, total funds under management rose 1.8% to $257.37 million.

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