Australian shares have ended the week higher, closing within a whisker of 6000 points, as a strong lineup of company results lifted the broader market.
The Australian dollar is little changed against its US counterpart which has turned from a gain before the FOMC minutes to a slight fall post their release.
The share market posted a modest gain as falls for BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals were offset by gains by the likes of Coles owner Wesfarmers and a2 Milk.
The Australian dollar has fallen back firmly below 79 US cents as the greenback extends its recovery, and looks vulnerable to a further declines during the day.
After Wall Street was closed overnight Australian investors limited their activity on Tuesday amid a solid but unsurprising string of profit results.
The Australian share market looks set to open sharply in the red amid only negative leads from Europe and Britain with Wall Street closed for a public holiday.
Nearly all sectors closed higher with strong gains by health care, banks and industrial stocks gaining ground in a day of strong company profit reports.
Australian shares look set to open lower after Wall Street lost its earlier gains to close little changed, while the Aussie dollar slips against the greenback
Australian shares edged lower at the close as gains among healthcare companies could not offset broader weakness in the miners, energy producers and bankers.
The US dollar has continued to weaken, dropping 0.4 per cent against a basket of currencies, and that's helped the Australian dollar which is down fractionally.
Australian shares look set to open firmly in the green after Wall Street lifted for a fifth straight session as investors appear to shrug off inflation fears.
Australian shares look set to open sharply higher after Wall Street's key indexes lift more than one per cent following stronger-than-expected US CPI data.
US CPI figures are higher than expected, pushing up bond yields but doing little to lift the US dollar, leaving the Australian to jump above 79 US cents.