The Australian share market is tipped to open lower when trading resumes on Tuesday after the Easter long weekend.
The share price futures index is pointing to a softer open before the Reserve Bank of Australia makes its call on the official interest rate at its April board meeting.
Economists predict the RBA will leave the cash rate at its record low of 1.5 per cent, given Australia’s sluggish wages growth.
Local data investors will be looking out for this week includes Australian Bureau of Statistics figures on retail trade and building approvals in February, both due to be released on Wednesday.
The ABS will also release February data on international trade in goods and services on Thursday.
Australian shares closed lower on Thursday, the last day of trading before the Easter break, with weakness among mining and energy stocks and a dip in ANZ outweighing modest gains elsewhere.
The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index ended the week down 30.1 points, or 0.52 per cent at 5,759.4 points.