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What you need to know on Monday morning, June 30.

- NZX50 up 14.092 points (0.27 per cent) to 5144.246

- NZ dollar at US87.75 cents, A93.17c, 80.1yen, 51.5p, 64.3€c

- Brent crude oil at US$113.18 a barrel (down US3c)

- Spot gold at US$1315.40 an ounce

What's on today

- Statistics New Zealand's building consents data for May will show if the trend for new building consents remains at a seven-year high.

- The ANZ Business outlook for June will show if interest rate rises are hurting business confidence.

- The Reserve Bank's credit aggregates show how much New Zealanders are borrowing and give a picture of how healthy our banking system is.

Stocks to watch

- Fletcher Building: New Zealand's biggest listed company should get a boost from the ASB "Cantometer" hitting a record high in June on the back of a 31 per cent increase in residential construction activity in the Canterbury region. Non-residential construction was also up 16 per cent, a good sign for a company that has a big role in the rebuild. Today's Statistics New Zealand building consent data could offer further comfort for Fletcher Building investors.

Top international news

- Wall Street may kick off the second half of the year with an uptick in volatility, thanks to the June jobs report and plenty of other market-moving data in a short trading week.

- US financial markets will close on Friday for Independence Day, so Thursday will bring a blitz of numbers: the non-farm payroll figures for June, the May trade deficit and the June index on the services sector from the Institute for Supply Management.

- On Wednesday, US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is due to speak on financial stability at an International Monetary Fund conference in Washington.

- The elevated volatility would shake some traders out of a stupor. They have been limited in their betting by this market, which has been resilient but boring: The S&P 500.SPX has not had a weekly swing of more than 2 per cent since mid April.

Something else for your morning

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