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February 15 2013, 06:46AM

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is DOWN 9.03 points at 13,973.90 in afternoon trading in New York, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index is UP 1.56 points at 1,521.89.

The NASDAQ Composite index is UP 1.06 points at 3,197.93.

The Australian dollar is trading at 103.50 US cents, UNCHANGED from Thursday's close.

The local currency is worth 96.30 Japanese yen, 77.57 euro cents, 66.84 British pence and 1.2202 New Zealand dollars.

Benchmark crude oil is UP 34 US cents at $US97.35 per barrel.

The Australia market is set to open LOWER, with the SPI futures index DOWN 10 points at 4984.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index on Thursday GAINED 33.2 points, or 0.66 per cent, to 5,036.9 points, and the broader All Ordinaries index ROSE 32.7 points, or 0.65 per cent, at 5,057.2 points.

The spot price of gold is $US1,634.27, DOWN from Thursday's close of $US1,646.40.