In this week’s Monday Market Highlights, Investment Analyst Kate Power discusses the US PCE index, Australian retail sales which rose by 1.2% year-on-year, Australian CPI, and the NZ 2024 budget – which confirmed a weaker fiscal outlook than predicted in December. In equity news Kate covers BHP’s confirmation it is not intending to make a new firm offer for Anglo American. She also looks into Lendlease, New Zealand Aluminium Smelters’ 20-year electricity arrangements – including contracts with Meridian Energy, Contact Energy and Mercury NZ. Finally, Kate covers Salesforce’s recent quarter which included shortfalls in revenue and margins.

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