The ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO)(^AXJO) is expected to open higher today, the USA’s S&P 500 Index (.INX) went down 0.09% on Thursday.

Australian Dollar ($A) (AUDUSD): 70.64US cents

Dow Jones (DJI): up 0.03%

Oil (WTI): $US58.54 per barrel

Gold: $US1,296 per ounce

ASX Sharemarket News

In ASX sharemarket news, leading private hospital operator Ramsay Health Care Limited (ASX: RHC) has provided a presentation to the ASX showing how Ramsay Generale De Sante is now the leader in several European countries and second largest in Europe.

Ramsay promoted the idea that procurement is a major area of integration work.

The Capio takeover, which cost $1.28 billion, is not expected to add to earnings in FY19 due to acquisition and integration costs.

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Freelancer.com Ltd (ASX: FLN) and Arrow Electronics have announced they are launching the world’s largest electronics and electrical engineering services marketplace.

Arrow Electronics is a Fortune 500 company. The new platform they are launching allows Fortune 500 companies and others to design and build hardware products through access to more than 500,000 electronic and electrical engineers.

Freelancer and Arrows Electronics said that this will create a step change in research & development, cutting times from years to months.

Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie said: “We have seen increasing demand to solve difficult and complex technology problems from larger organisations. For example, NASA and the United States Department of Energy are using Freelancer.com to crowdsource technology solutions.”

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UK-based shares could be under scrutiny today with the UK Parliament voting to try to extend the Brexit exit deadline. One business that could react is UK challenger bank CYBG Plc (ASX: CYB).

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