The ASX 200 (INDEXASX: XJO)(^AXJO) is expected to open higher today, the USA’s S&P 500 Index (.INX) rose by 0.30% on Wednesday.

Australian Dollar ($A) (AUDUSD): 68.85US cents

Dow Jones (DJI): up 0.15%

Oil (WTI): $US54.22 per barrel

Gold: $US1,360 per ounce

ASX Sharemarket News

In ASX sharemarket news, Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) has provided updated iron ore guidance to the market.

The resources business said it is experiencing mine operational challenges, particularly in the Greater Brockman hub in Pilbara, resulting in a higher proportion of certain lower grade products. Around 1.5 million tonnes of these products were sold in the first quarter.

Therefore, Pilbara shipment guidance has been reduced to between 320 million tonnes and 330 million tonnes, down from 333 million tonnes to 343 million tonnes. Give the change on volume guidance, unit costs will be updated at the second quarter update.


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Sydney Airport Holdings Pty Ltd (ASX: SYD) has revealed its passenger numbers for May 2019.

There was a strong turnaround for the previous few months. Domestic passengers showed growth of 0.3% compared to a year ago, whilst international passengers increased by an impressive 6.3%.

Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said: “We continue to have a diverse nationality mix coming through Sydney Airport. In May we saw double digit growth from Malaysia, the USA, Greater China and Japan.”

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Bank of Queensland Limited (ASX: BOQ) has announced the resignation of its chief financial officer (CFO) following the release of its FY19 result in October 2019. He will be pursuing other leadership opportunities.

BOQ CFO Matt Baxby said: “My time at BOQ has been incredibly rewarding and the highlights including overseeing the successful acquisition of Virgin Money, diversification by geography and channels of the Retail Bank, and more recently assuming the role of CFO to broaden my experience across the Group.”


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