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Investors await Australian central bank rate decision


SINGAPORE — Shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed in Friday morning trade as investors await the Reserve Bank of Australia’s latest interest rate decision.

The Nikkei 225Japan’s early trade was close to its flatline, but the Topix index edged 0.3% up.

In South Korea, there are KospiThe decline was 0.74% Australia’s S&P/ASX 200The decline was fractional.

MSCI’s Asia-Pacific stock index outside Japan was 0.37% less.

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On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia will announce their latest interest rate decision.

Overnight on Wall Street, the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 4,121.43. Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 16.08 points to 32.915.78, just 0.1% less. Tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose 0.4%, to 12,061.37.


The U.S. dollar indexThe indices that track the greenback against its peers were at 102.486 following a bounce below 102.

The Japanese yenThe greenback was still at an all-time low of 132.18 dollars, but it traded higher than the levels above 128 last week. The Australian dollarChanged hands at $0.7185, a significant drop from levels of $0.72 yesterday.

The morning Asia trading hour saw oil prices rise, in line with the international benchmark. Brent crude futuresBarrel price: 0.15% up to $119.69 U.S. crude futuresThe average barrel price rose 0.2% to $118.73