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All Ordinaries 6242 27 0.44 $A vs $US 0.7099 -0.0008 -0.12
S&P/ASX 200 6167 28 0.46 $A vs GBP 0.5448 -0.0001 -0.02
10-year Bond Rate 2.10 -- -- $A vs YEN 78.62 -0.06 -0.07
  $A vs EUR 0.6261 -0.0006 -0.09
  $A vs $NZ 1.0474 0.0048 0.46
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ASX Code Company Name Impact Morningstar Rating for Stocks
A2M The a2 Milk Company Limited (A2M)
AHY Asaleo Care Limited (AHY)
APA APA Group (APA)
ARB ARB Corporation Limited (ARB)
CCL Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (CCL)
COH Cochlear Limited (COH)
CWN Crown Resorts Limited (CWN)
DMP Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited (DMP)
EBO EBOS Group Limited (EBO)
FBU Fletcher Building Limited (FBU)
FLT Flight Centre Travel Group Limited (FLT)
GNC Graincorp Limited (GNC)
IFL IOOF Holdings Limited (IFL)
MOC Mortgage Choice Limited (MOC)
MSB Mesoblast Limited (MSB)
NEC Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited (NEC)
PGH Pact Group Holdings Ltd (PGH)
QAN Qantas Airways Limited (QAN)
QUB Qube Holdings Limited (QUB)
SGM Sims Metal Management Limited (SGM)
SGR The Star Entertainment Group Limited (SGR)
SHL Sonic Healthcare Limited (SHL)
SKT Sky Network Television Limited (SKT)
SPK Spark New Zealand Limited (SPK)
SVW Seven Group Holdings Limited (SVW)
SXL Southern Cross Media Group Limited (SXL)
SYD Sydney Airport (SYD)
WOW Woolworths Group Limited (WOW)
WTC Wisetech Global Limited (WTC)
SDF Steadfast Group Limited (SDF)
BHP BHP Group Limited (BHP)
FMG Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG)
MIN Mineral Resources Limited (MIN)
ORG Origin Energy Limited (ORG)
SFR Sandfire Resources NL (SFR)
STO Santos Limited (STO)
WOR WorleyParsons Limited (WOR)
CQR Charter Hall Retail REIT (CQR)
SCG Scentre Group (SCG)
SGP Stockland (SGP)

[Morningstar with AAP]: Australian shares have finished higher despite a drag from the energy sector weakened by coal exports to China.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index finished up 28.1 points, or 0.46 per cent, at 6,167.3 points at 1615 AEDT on Friday, while the broader All Ordinaries was up 27.3 points, or 0.44 per cent, at 6,241.9.

The Aussie dollar is buying 70.92 US cents from 71.62 US cents on Thursday.

The dollar climbed its way back from a sudden overnight drop following media reports that customs had halted Australian coal imports at five harbours in northern China, after Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told ABC radio there was no ban in place.

Nonetheless, shares in mining giant BHP closed down half a per cent at $37.69 at the close of market, while fellow coal miner New Hope fell 3.5 per cent to $4.08.

"That (report) did provide a bit of a shock earlier on to some of our coal names and our coal miners were among some of the weaker movers today," CommSec market analyst James Tao told AAP.

"But besides that, we had most sectors higher and a pretty solid session overall."

The ASX closed up 1.67 per cent for the week and has now climbed higher in five of the last six sessions, thanks in part to companies reporting their earnings.

"Earnings results really dictated the biggest moves on the market today," Mr Tao said.

One of the biggest movers was NetComm, which surged by 50 per cent to $1.065 after the internet company confirmed a $161 million takeover bid by US tech company Casa Systems. NetComm shareholders will receive $1.10 a share.

Also reporting on Friday was Australia's largest funeral provider, Invocare, which saw shares rise 12 per cent to $14.09 despite reporting a near 60 per cent fall in first-half profit.

"Less people dying you would normally think was a good thing," Mr Tao explained.

"But the fact that it was a bit warmer of a winter so less people died meant their profits were down."

Of Australia's four big banks, Commonwealth Bank was up 1 per cent and ANZ rose 0.65 per cent while NAB and Westpac ended flat.

ON THE ASX:

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 28.1 points, or 0.46 per cent, at 6,167.3 points at 1630 AEDT on Friday.

The All Ordinaries was down 27.3 points, or 0.44 per cent, at 6,241.9.

At 1630 AEDT, the SPI200 futures index was up 3 point, or 0.05 per cent, at 6133.

The NZX 50 added 8.40 points (0.09%) closed at 9,309.21 while, Nikkei dropped 38.72 points (-0.18%) at the time of writing closed at 21,425.51

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