- The ASX 200 is expected to open 0.1 per cent or 6 points higher in today’s session.
- The benchmark 10-year yield rose 3.2 per cent to 1.666 per cent.
- Crude oil prices fell on rising supply amid a mixed picture on demand recovery from the COVID-19 slump.
On Friday, ASX 200 finished the day on a slightly negative note, with a cut of 0.05 per cent, However, the last week ended on a positive note, with a 2.44 per cent increase to 6995.2. Today, the Australian market is looking to start the week with a mildly higher opening. According to the ASX 200 futures, the benchmark index is expected to open 0.1 per cent or 6 points higher in today’s session.
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The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones posted record highs on the charts on Friday after robust U.S. inflation data and an uptick in Treasury yields indicated an increased momentum in the economic recovery from the pandemic-related recession.
All three major U.S. indices ended the week in green as upbeat economic data boosted risk appetite of investors ahead of first-quarter earnings season.
A report from Labor Department showed producer prices increased last month at double the speed of February's growth, reviving expectations of inflation.
U.S. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell offered assurances on Thursday that the central bank is far more concerned about the recent uptick in COVID-19 infections than inflationary pressures.
U.S. Treasury yields increased in the wake of the PPI report, which provided further evidence that the US economy was on a path to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The benchmark 10-year yield rose 3.2 per cent to 1.666 per cent, compared to the Thursday’s closing of 1.614 per cent.
The US dollar also posted an uptick as inflation data lifted bond yields, but it had the worst week of the year so far due to better-than-expected economic data and the dovish Fed. The dollar index rose 0.11 per cent, with the Australian dollar falling by 0.44 per cent to 0.7614.
On Saturday, Bitcoin tried to take out its all-time high level by surpassing US$61,000 mark but faced selling pressure from the upper levels and retraced back to the current market price of US$59,501.
Crude oil traded lower
Crude oil prices traded lower on Friday on the back of the rising supply amid a mixed picture on demand recovery from the COVID-19 slump.
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The WTI crude fell 0.47 per cent to close at US$59.32 a barrel, while Brent crude ended the Friday’s session at US$62.95 per barrel, losing 0.4per cent.
Gold price softened
Gold prices retraced from Thursday's one-month high, pressured by a rebounding dollar and rising Treasury yields. Despite that, the yellow metal posted its first weekly gain in the last three weeks.
The spot gold dropped 0.8 per cent to US$1,742.64 an ounce.
Stock specific action
Brickworks Limited (ASX:BKW) is going ex-dividend today after the company announced an interim dividend of 21 cents last month which would be paid on 28 April.