Australia’s shares closed little changed but did better than most Asian markets, which were dragged down by a poor lead from the US on coronavirus infections.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed lower by 13.0 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 6405.2 on Friday.

The All Ordinaries closed down 10.1 points, or 0.15 per cent, to 6609.3.

The ASX performance comes after Wall Street markets ended sharply lower as new infections in the US surged above 100,000 for an eighth consecutive day.

The week on the Aussie market was a good one for investors. The ASX200 rose 3.47 per cent, helped by Pfizer’s claims it is developing a coronavirus vaccine which is 90 per cent effective.

The Aussie dollar was buying 72.30 US cents at 1621 AEDT, down from 72.73 US cents at Thursday’s close.