The S&P/ASX 200 closed up 0.6% at 7565.20 and the Australian dollar is stronger against the US dollar, trading at US73.79c.
Asia markets are mixed as US futures head higher. The NZX 50 closed down 0.5%. Oil and gold are consolidating in thin liquidity and investors await further earnings reports from US stocks in the coming session.
Gold US$1975.40 an ounce
Brent crude oil US$114.35 a barrel
WTI crude oil US$108.19 a barrel