WORLD FINANCE UPDATE:
The Australian share market looks set to open more than half a per cent higher, following strong gains on US markets and fresh record highs elsewhere.
At 0700 AEDT on Friday, the share price futures index was up 35 points, or 0.58 per cent, at 6,059.
Meanwhile, the Australian dollar has soared against the US dollar, amid higher commodity prices.
The local currency was trading at 78.65 US cents at 0700 AEDT on Friday, from 78.39 on Thursday.
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