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5 things to watch on the ASX 200 on Friday

James Mickleboro

On Thursday the S&P/ASX 200 index started the year on a mildly positive note. The benchmark index rose 0.1% to 6,690.6 points.

Will the local share market be able to build on this on Friday? Here are five things to watch:

ASX 200 expected to storm higher.           

The S&P/ASX 200 index is poised to follow the lead of U.S. markets and storm higher on Friday. According to the latest SPI futures, the ASX 200 is poised to open the day 0.9% or 58 points higher this morning. In late trade on Wall Street the Dow Jones is up 0.8%, the S&P 500 has climbed 0.5% higher, and the Nasdaq index has surged 1% higher.

Tech shares on watch.

It looks set to be a good day of trade for Australian tech shares such as Appen Ltd (ASX: APX) and Nearmap Ltd (ASX: NEA) after a strong night of trade for the technology-focused Nasdaq index. The local tech sector has a tendency to follow the lead of their U.S. counterparts. Overnight the Nasdaq stormed 1% higher.

Oil prices rise.

Energy shares including Beach Energy Ltd (ASX: BOT) and Oil Search Limited (ASX: OSH) could be on the move today after oil prices pushed higher. According to Bloomberg, the WTI crude oil price rose 0.2% to US$61.18 a barrel and the Brent crude oil price climbed 0.4% to US$66.26 a barrel. Oil prices were boosted by trade hopes.

Gold price pushes higher.

Resolute Mining Limited (ASX: RSG), St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM), and the rest of Australia’s leading gold miners could push higher on Friday after the spot gold price hit a three-month high. According to CNBC, the spot gold price climbed 0.4% to US$1,529.2 an ounce. This was driven by doubts over the share market rally.

Iron ore jumps.

The likes of BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) and Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) could be on the rise today after iron ore prices jumped. The price of the steel making ingredient jumped 2.1% to US$94.05 a tonne according to the AFR.

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