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All Ordinaries 6322 -11 -0.17 $A vs $US 0.7405 0.0028 0.38
S&P/ASX 200 6225 -7 -0.11 $A vs GBP 0.5568 0.0002 0.03
10-year Bond Rate 2.66 -0.02 -0.74 $A vs YEN 81.53 0.43 0.53
  $A vs EUR 0.6349 -0.0005 -0.09
  $A vs $NZ 1.0723 -0.0003 -0.03
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ASX Code Company Name Impact Morningstar Rating for Stocks
AMC Amcor Limited (AMC)
APO APN Outdoor Group Limited (APO)
ORA Orora Limited (ORA)
PGH Pact Group Holdings Ltd (PGH)
RHC Ramsay Health Care Limited (RHC)
RIO Rio Tinto Limited (RIO)
URW Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW)

[Morningstar with AAP]: The Australian share market is still hovering around a decade-high despite a slight retreat on Friday after a week of strong gains.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed down 6.9 points, or 0.11 per cent, at 6,225.2 points on Friday, bringing its weekly gain to more than two per cent, while the broader All Ordinaries slipped 10.8 points, or 0.17 per cent, to 6,322.1 points.

Every sector closed in the red, apart from the financials after ANZ's announcement it would increase its share buyback program by a further $1.5 billion to $3 billion.

The news sent ANZ shares up 2.9 per cent to $28.65, and the positivity spread to the other major banks, with the National Australia Bank rising 1.2 per cent to $27.64, Westpac advancing 1.1 per cent to $29.38 and the Commonwealth Bank gaining 1.3 per cent to $73.86.

Telstra continued to fall as investors ponder the telco's restructure plans - announced on Wednesday - that include 8000 jobs being cut.

Telstra shares fell four cents, or 1.5 per cent, to close at $2.68 cents, nearing the all-time low of $2.55 posted in 2010.

InvestSMART chief market strategist Evan Lucas said given a lot of analysts predict Telstra will slash its dividend from 22 cents to as low as 15 to 19 cents, this may have steered some income-orientated investors out of the telco and into the banks.

Energy stocks were also pummelled as investors bailed amid uncertainty over whether OPEC will manage to agree a production increase at a meeting in Vienna this weekend.

Santos slumped 3.4 per cent to $5.94, Oil Search dropped 1.8 per cent to $8.35, Origin Energy fell 1.8 per cent to $9.72 and Woodside Petroleum was down 1.5 per cent to $34.37.

In companies news, APN Outdoor retreated 2.4 per cent to $6.40 after revealing it has increased its bid for rival Here, There & Everywhere's Adshel advertising unit to $540 million.

Meanwhile, the Australian dollar lifted on Friday but was significantly down for the week against the backdrop of an interest rate differential between Australia and the US and a risk-off scenario given the US-China teetering on the brink of a trade war.

"The Aussie dollar is a proxy for China and we've seen Chinese markets this week get absolutely towelled up as they should be considering that the risk is there," Mr Lucas said.

"Unfortunately (with) the Aussie dollar being a risk currency exposed to emerging markets, particularly Asia, we feel the same thing."

The local currency was trading at 73.99 US cents at 1632 AEST on Friday, from 73.49 US cents on Thursday.

ON THE ASX:

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 was down 6.9 points, or 0.11 per cent, at 6,225.2 points

The broader All Ordinaries index was down 10.8 points, or 0.17 per cent, to 6,322.1 points.

The SPI200 futures contract was down 14 points, or 0.23 per cent, at 6,167 points

National turnover was 2.9 billion securities traded worth $6.6 billion

The NZX 50 added 0.59 points (0.01%) to 8,999.37 while the Nikkei dropped 176.20 points (-0.78%) at the time of writing, to be closed at 22,516.83

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