Welcome to Wednesday. Here are the five things I'm looking at today on the Australian sharemarket.
TheÂ S&P/ ASX 200 IndexÂ (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has opened higher, up 0.2% at 5,669.9, despite moderate falls on Wall Street overnight and a host of stocks going ex-dividend. BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) and AMP Limited (ASX: AMP) are just two of the large caps going ex-dividend today. The S&P 500 lost 0.1%, while the Dow Jones fell 0.2%.
AsÂ Joe Bell, senior equity analyst at Schaeffer's Investment Research in the US told Bloomberg,