ASX 200 to open higher; AGL, Cochlear results ahead

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ASX 200 to open higher; AGL, Cochlear results ahead

 ASX 200 to open higher; AGL, Cochlear results ahead
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Highlights

  • Australian shares are expected to rise on the last day of trading week.

  • The ASX 200 is set to open 10 points or 0.15% higher on Friday.

  • In the US, the Dow Jones rose 0.055%, the S&P 500 gained 0.23%, and the NASDAQ ended 0.21% higher.

Australian shares are expected to rise on the last day of trading week following modest gains on Wall Street amid ongoing focus on corporate results. But muted iron ore prices are likely to weigh on domestic miners.

The ASX 200 is set to open 10 points or 0.15% higher on Friday, according to the latest SPI Futures. On Thursday, the benchmark index closed 0.2% lower at 7,112.8 points.

Meanwhile, AGL, Cleanaway, Cochlear, Inghams, Lattitude, Newcrest, Stockland, and TPG Telecom are a few ASX-listed firms which are scheduled to announce their financial results today.

In the US, the Dow Jones rose 0.055%, the S&P 500 gained 0.23%, and the NASDAQ ended 0.21% higher.

In Europe, the Stoxx 50 advanced 0.6%, the FTSE rose 0.4%, the CAC gained 0.5%, and the DAX ended 0.5% higher.

MSCI's benchmark for global equity markets declined 1.82% to 642.57. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 1.1%

Bond yields

US Treasury yields rose on Thursday after data revealed that inflation rose last month. The yields on 10-year US Treasury note surged 2.88%.

Oil prices rise

Oil prices rose as positive US economic data and strong US fuel consumption countered fears that slowing economic growth in other countries could hit demand.

  • Brent crude soared 3.1%, to settle at US$96.59 a barrel.

Gold prices surge

Gold prices surged on Thursday supported by a dip in Treasury yields.

  • Spot gold prices rose 0.16% to US$1,843.31 an ounce.
  • US gold futures finished 0.5% higher at US$1,850.30 an ounce.

Iron ore slips

Iron ore's most-traded January 2023 contract on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange declined as much as 4.3% to 676.50 yuan (US$99.60) a tonne.

Meanwhile, Bitcoin rose nearly 14% after Tesla chief Elon Musk tagged the cryptocurrency in his Twitter biography.

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