Need to know: Friday, May 30

Last updated 07:35 30/05/2014

Relevant offers


Weight Watchers campaign joins list of PR blunders Skills shortage results in firms looking internally to fill roles, recruitment firm says Pumpkin Patch in trading halt - too much debt, not enough capital British American Tobacco offers to buy Reynolds in US$47 billion deal Ikea NZ Facebook page set up: Is it finally coming to NZ? Auckland Council and contractors ordered to pay $120,000 to the family of killed rubbish truck worker 71yo asked to stand on hot water cylinder to plug in phone after bizarre UFB install Tuanz welcomes Vodafone offer to keep internet users connected Travel companies adapting to 'luxury' demands of young travellers The video that exposed Samsung's problems in China

What you need to know on Friday morning, May 30

- NZX50 up 1.699 points (0.03 per cent) to 5183.161

- NZ dollar at US84.63 cents, A91.13c, 86.05yen, 50.65p, €62.22c

- Brent crude oil at US$110.06 a barrel (up US25c)

- Spot gold at US$1255.20 an ounce

What's on today

- Statistics New Zealand's building consents data will show how many consents, and for what types of buildings, were issued in April.

- The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's credit aggregates for April will give an updated picture on the money supply of the New Zealand economy.

Stocks to watch

- Fletcher Building: Building consent data can be volatile but the underlying trends are what potential investors in the listed construction giant will be looking for. While it has a presence nationwide, there will be particular interest in the Auckland and Christchurch markets where there is greatest demand and potential for the construction sector to expand. Fletcher is also under investigation by WorkSafe New Zealand over its handling of asbestos during the Christchurch rebuild.

Top international news

- The United States economy contracted for the first time in three years in the first quarter as it buckled under a severe winter, but there are signs it has rebounded and economists say it could grow as much as 4 per cent this quarter. The Commerce Department on Thursday slashed its estimate of gross domestic product to show the economy shrank at a 1 per cent annual rate.

The worst performance since the first quarter of 2011 reflected a far slower pace of inventory accumulation and a bigger than estimated trade deficit.

The weather-related temporary factors should fade and inventories, in particular, are expected to swing higher, boosting output in the April-June quarter.

Something else for your morning

- The high number of builders getting called back to re-do work on newly finished houses isn't unusual and isn't a problem, a prominent builder says. A new survey found almost three quarters of new-home owners had to call their builder back after they moved in.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content