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ASX flatlines as 18-year-old is next to head to space

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Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and the ASX board.
An 18-year-old is set to head to space with Jeff Bezos on Blue Origin (Source: Getty)

Flatline: Aussie stocks are tipped for a flat start after Wall Street ended mixed after investors started selling off tech stocks and following the US Federal Reserve commentary on the US economy.

Wall St: The US markets suffered after a sell off in tech stocks subdued positive US data releases.

The Nasdaq ended lower, pulled down by Apple, Amazon and other big tech companies as a fall in weekly jobless claims data fed investor concerns about a recent inflation spike.

Amazon, Apple Tesla and Facebook all fell and Nvidia tumbled about 4 per cent. The S&P 500 technology sector index ended a four-day winning streak.

Meanwhile, fresh data showed the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to a 16-month low.

F45 lists: Also in the US session Mark Wahlberg’s F45 launched its IPO to fairly subdued results. The company, which opened at US$17, closed up 1.3 per cent from the offer price to US$16.20, giving F45 a market value of US$1.46 billion.

Golden ticket: An 18-year-old is about to become the youngest person in space, rocketing away with an aviation pioneer who will become the oldest at age 82.

Blue Origin announced on Thursday that instead of an auction winner launching with founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday, Oliver Daemen will be on board.

The company said he will be the first paying customer but did not disclose the cost of his ticket.

The teenager's father Joes Daemen heads investment management firm Somerset Capital Partners.

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The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has joined the social networking site to launch the "Why I Spy" recruitment campaign.

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