ASX set for soft start; Wall Street mixed; Iron ore creeps higher



  • ASX futures are down 7 points, or 0.1%, and hint at a weak open for the local sharemarket on Friday
  • The S&P 500 stumbled late to fall short of a third record high in a row. The Dow and Nasdaq rose amid vaccine optimism and better-than-expected economic data
  • Iron ore prices have crept higher again, rising 0.6% to a new seven-year high of $US137.08 a tonne. BHP and Rio soared in offshore trade
  • The Aussie dollar is trading at 74.44 US cents, and earlier hit a more than two year high of 74.49 US cents

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A soft start is tipped for the local bourse after the S&P500 stumbled late in overnight trade.

Iron ore prices have crept higher again to $US137.08 a tonne.

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