US stocks have opened the week's final trading day little changed after a gain in industrials balanced a slide from the big banks.
Australian shares have had a volatile day, gaining and then losing ground before finishing the week's final trading session flat.
Australian shares have jumped about, gaining and then losing value before finishing the week's final trading session flat.
Oil refiner and marketer Viva Energy has debuted on the ASX, raising about $2.6 billion in Australia's biggest IPO in nearly four years.
The union for the BHP-owned Escondida copper mine in Chile has rejected a contract offer by the company and has threatened to strike.
Optimism about the looming earnings season has helped to balance fears of a trade war as tech stocks helped Wall Street to open higher.
Dow e-minis were up 186 points, or 0.75 per cent early, S&P 500 e-minis 14.75 points, or 0.53 per cent and Nasdaq 100 e-minis 37 points, or 0.51 per cent.
Australian shares have closed higher as strong gains from financial stocks more than offset weakness from falling commodity prices.
Confidence in Australia's housing market has fallen to a two-year low, according to NAB's residential property survey, as the bank slashes its price forecasts.
Confidence in Australia's housing market has tumbled to a two-year low, according to the NAB residential property survey for the June quarter.
AMP is the latest lender to impose out-of-cycle mortgage rate hikes in a move that could put further pressure on the housing market.
Australian shares are higher as strong gains from financial and consumer staple stocks more than offset weakness from falling commodity prices.
The A2 Milk Company shares are down in early trade after announcing full-year revenue grew about 68 per cent to around NZ$922 million ($A845.5 million).
Australian shares have opened higher as strong gains from financial and consumer staple stocks more than offset weakness from falling commodity prices.