☕️ Inflation Magic
US inflation cools but the fed shouldn't cut rates just yet
US inflation rates in October have cooled to 3.2% and may end the Federal Reserve’s historic interest rate hikes, which then spurned stock and bond market rallies.
But the Citadel founder says the fed should stay on message in saying the inflation genie can go back in the bottle and that it shouldn’t cut interest rates too soon.
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Shares in Brisbane-based lab tester ALS Limited rose 8.5% yesterday despite posting a net profit after tax decrease of 9.4% and announcing its CFO’s resignation.
But in the face of challenging trading conditions the market seemed soothed by ALS’ positive outlooks in its key markets of life sciences and commodities testing.
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The quick sync
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The US and China are likely to agree to formalise a channel for diplomatic talks on AI intelligence. (Semafor)
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Macquarie Group is in the final stages of $500m-plus contest for Cura Group. (The Australian)
RBA's interest rate hike takes toll on consumer confidence, survey shows. (Capital Brief)
AustralianSuper increases Origin Energy holding to 16.5% with $8.65 share acquisition. (AFR)
Pilbara Minerals speculation amid Azure Minerals $1.9bn competition. (The Australian)
Telix Pharmaceuticals to acquire QSAM Biosciences in a deal worth up to $193.3m. (Capital Brief)
Nuvei is set to acquire struggling fintech Till Payments for $47m. (AFR)
Antony Catalano undeterred by Kerry Stokes' move, continues pursuit of Southern Cross Austereo. (SMH)
Public Hospitality Group, led by Jon Adgemis, mulls portfolio split amid refinancing challenges. (AFR)
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Macquarie Capital Principal Finance acquires a 15% stake in The Envest Group. (The Australian)
AustralianSuper's increased stake dims confidence in Origin Energy's $20bn takeover deal. (AFR)
Brookfield's Sydney tower reaches full occupancy with PVH Brands deal. (SMH)
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Craig Hutchison's Sports Entertainment Group is at risk without cash injection or new investors. (SMH)
Tic:Toc, not TikTok, handles 3% of Australia's mortgage market. (Capital Brief)
GenesisCare divests assets in its US portfolio amid Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. (The Australian)
Gresham Partners expands in Queensland with new hire for property investment business. (AFR)