Australia Markets open in 3 hrs 25 mins

5 things to watch on the ASX 200 on Friday

James Mickleboro
reality tv, show, shocked, excited, watch

On Wednesday the S&P/ASX 200 Index continued its strong form and raced a further 1% higher to 6,382.1 points.

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

ASX futures pointing higher.

The Australian share market is poised to open the day marginally higher on Friday. According to the latest SPI futures, the ASX 200 is expected to open 2 points higher this morning. This follows a mixed night of trade on Wall Street which saw the Dow Jones fall 0.2%, the S&P 500 edge slightly lower, and the Nasdaq push 0.2% higher.

Oil prices sink lower.

The Beach Energy Ltd (ASX: BPT) share price and the Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) share price could come under pressure on Friday after oil prices sank lower. According to Bloomberg, the WTI crude oil price has fallen 1.2% to US$65.10 a barrel and the Brent crude oil price is down 0.35% to US$74.31 a barrel.

Gold price drops lower.

Australian gold miners including Resolute Mining Limited (ASX: RSG) and St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) will be on watch on Friday after the spot gold price weakened again. According to CNBC, the spot gold price has edged lower to US$1,279 an ounce. Earlier this week the precious metal price dropped to a four-month low.

Tech shares on watch.

Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) and Appen Ltd (ASX: APX) shares have been strong performers this week and could extend their gains on Friday after a positive performance from their U.S. tech peers overnight. The technology-focused Nasdaq index closed the day 0.2% higher after strong quarterly results from Facebook and Microsoft.

Amcor trades ex-dividend.

The Amcor Limited (ASX: AMC) share price is likely to trade lower this morning after going ex-dividend for its latest dividend. Eligible shareholders of the packaging company can look forward to receiving the 16.8 cents per share pro-rata FY 2019 final dividend on May 13.

Missed out on the Amcor dividend? The don't miss these buy-rated dividend shares.

BUY THESE 3 DIVIDEND SHARES – free report now available!

The Motley Fool Australia just hand-picked 3 top dividend shares for 2019... and for a brief time, you’re invited to access this valuable research for FREE.

To discover our favourite 3 dividend buys to potentially profit in the next 12 months, simply click here or the link below right now. You’ll receive all 3 names... codes... and every detail you need to decide to invest in these shares today.

If you’re looking for that magical combination of growth potential and fully franked dividends, then look no further. But if you wait, you could miss out! This report is available for a limited time only, so please, don’t delay. Click the link below to scoop up your access now.


More reading

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of Altium and Appen Ltd. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

The Motley Fool's purpose is to help the world invest, better. Click here now for your free subscription to Take Stock, The Motley Fool's free investing newsletter. Packed with stock ideas and investing advice, it is essential reading for anyone looking to build and grow their wealth in the years ahead. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson. 2019