The ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO)(^AXJO) is expected to open higher today, the USA’s S&P 500 Index (.INX) went up by 0.88% on Tuesday.

Australian Dollar ($A) (AUDUSD): 70.98US cents

Dow Jones (DJI): up 0.55%

Oil (WTI): $US66.14 per barrel

Gold: $US1,272 per ounce

ASX Sharemarket News

In ASX sharemarket news, Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG) is in the headlines because it apparently wants to launch a mobile service, according to the Australian Financial Review.

It will be called Nu Mobile and it will have a niche offering of used mobile phones in a package deal with the data. The company will operate using the Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) network.

The AFR believes that the new service will launch within the next few months.

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National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) is also in the news, the major ASX bank has implemented additional lending checks to make sure its borrowers are in a healthy positions.

A debt to income ratio is supposedly going to be used, according to the Australian Financial Review. A maximum ratio of 9 will be allowed and the debt will include credit cards, family loans, lines of credit and other loans. What’s particularly interesting is that it will consider unused credit as being totally utilised.

It will be interesting to see if the other banks follow suit with this new debt to income limit.

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Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) has unveiled its March 2019 quarterly activities report.

The gold miner has maintained its FY19 production guidance at between 850,000oz to 900,000oz and the all-in sustaining costs (AISC) guidance has increased from a range of between $1,125/oz and $1,225/oz to $1,225/oz to $1,275/oz.

Gold sold in the March quarter was 185,296oz at an AISC of $1,369/oz.

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