The ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO)(^AXJO) is expected to open higher today, the USA’s S&P 500 Index (.INX) rose by 0.41% on Thursday.
Australian Dollar ($A) (AUDUSD): 69.16US cents
Dow Jones (DJI): up 0.39%
Oil (WTI): $US52.13 per barrel
Gold: $US1,342 per ounce
ASX Sharemarket News
In ASX sharemarket news, Auckland International Airport Limited (ASX: AIA) has released its monthly traffic numbers for April 2019.
The Kiwi airport business said that for Auckland Airport total passengers grew by 1.8% to 1.77 million people. International passengers grew by 2.3% to 873,000 and domestic passengers grew by 2.4% to 826,500.
In terms of passengers from individual countries it was a fairly odd month. Chinese, Korean and Indian passengers all declined by double digit numbers whilst passengers from Australia, the UK, Japan and Canada all increased by double digit numbers.
The total amount of cargo in terms of tonnes increased by 5.1% and in New Zealand dollar value terms increased by 12%.
Queenstown Airport reported that total passengers increased by 6.2% and the number of aircraft movements increased by 8%.
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AMP Limited (ASX: AMP) has responded to the announcement by APRA regarding the imposing of directions and additional conditions on the ‘Registrable Superannuation Entity (RSE)’ licences on its superannuation trustees of AMP Superannuation Limited and NM Superannuation Proprietary Limited.
The under-pressure wealth business said it will fully implement the directions and additional conditions. AMP said it has been working constructively with APRA on this matter and has already taken action on several of the issues that were raised.
AMP also said it has a new trustee operating model and has expanded the superannuation trustee board to broaden the range of skills and experience. AMP has also “significantly” reduced the fees on its MySuper products and also reduced the fees on MyNorth.
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