The ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO)(^AXJO) is expected to open lower today, the USA’s S&P 500 Index (.INX) went up by 0.06% on Monday.

Australian Dollar ($A) (AUDUSD): 71.71US cents

Dow Jones (DJI): down 0.10%

Oil (WTI): $US63.55 per barrel

Gold: $US1,288 per ounce

ASX Sharemarket News

In ASX sharemarket news, WiseTech Global Ltd (ASX: WTC) yesterday announced after the market had closed how much it raised from its share purchase plan (SPP).

The global logistics software business ended up raising $35.9 million at $20.90 per share, which was an increase on the expected $30 million. There was no scale back of any application.

So far during 2019 WiseTech has raised $335.9 million, which includes $300 million from institutional investors.

WiseTech CEO Richard White said: “We will put these funds to good use in the continued discipline execution of our growth strategy – increasing our capacity to accelerate our long-term organic growth, through relentless innovation and the acquisition of strategically valuable assets in important new geographies and key adjacencies.”

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Auckland International Airport Limited (ASX: AIA) has released its monthly traffic for February 2019.

Total passengers grew by 2% to 1.749 million, even though international passengers for flat for the month. Domestic passengers grew by 4.2% to 802,291.

The timing of the Chinese New Year saw Chinese passengers decline 29.1% compared to last year. Australian, British, American, Japanese and Canadian passengers were all lower. However, German and South Korean passengers were higher.

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Disclaimer: Any information contained in this article is limited to general financial/investment advice only. The information has not taken into account your specific needs, goals or objectives, so please consider consulting a licenced and trusted adviser before acting on the information. Please read The Rask Group’s Financial Services Guide (FSG) for more information. This article is authorised by Owen Raszkiewicz of The Rask Group, which is a corporate authorised representative No. 1264179 of Strawman Pty Ltd (ACN: 610 908 211) (AFSL: 501 223).

At the time of publishing, Jaz does not have a financial interest in any of the companies mentioned.