Key overseas finance markers
Market watch top headlines
February 01 2013, 09:15AM
The stock market in New York has closed mainly LOWER, with final figures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DOWN 49.84 points to 13,860.58 and Standard & Poor's 500 index DOWN 3.85 points to 1,498.11.
The NASDAQ Composite index FELL 0.18 points to 3,142.13.
The Australian dollar is trading at 104.27 US cents, UP from 104.06 at Thursday's close.
The local currency is worth 95.53 Japanese yen, 76.79 euro cents, 65.79 British pence and 1.2422 New Zealand dollars.
Benchmark crude oil is DOWN 45 US cents at $US97.49 per barrel.
The Australia market is set to open HIGHER, with the SPI futures index UP five points at 4850.
The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index on Thursday SHED 17.9 points, or 0.37 per cent, to 4,878.8 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index LOST 18.1 points, or 0.37 per cent, at 4,901.0 points.
The spot price of gold is $US1,663.50, DOWN from Thursday's close of $US1,680.25.