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On Friday, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) finished the week with another solid gain. The benchmark index rose 0.8% to 6,945.2 points.
Will the market be able to build on this on Monday? Here are five things to watch:
ASX 200 expected to rise again
The Australian share market looks set to start the week in a positive fashion after another strong night on Wall Street on Friday. According to the latest SPI futures, the ASX 200 is expected to open the day 46 points or 0.7% higher this morning. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones was up 1%, the S&P 500 climbed 1.4%, and the NASDAQ stormed 1.9%.
Oil prices rise again
energy producers Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) and Woodside Energy Group Ltd (ASX: WDS) could have a positive start to the week after oil prices pushed higher on Friday. According to Bloomberg, the WTI crude oil price rose 2.3% to US$98.62 a barrel and the Brent crude oil price climbed 2.1% to US$103.97 a barrel. This was driven by speculation that OPEC won’t boost its supply as some hoped.
Westpac shares upgraded
the Westpac Banking Corp. (ASX: WBC) share price could be heading a lot higher from current levels according to analysts at Goldman Sachs. This morning the broker upgraded the banking giant’s shares to a buy rating and put them on its coveted conviction list. Goldman has a $26.12 price target on Westpac’s shares. Its analysts highlight “WBC’s NIM leverage to higher rates.”
Gold price pushes higher
gold miners Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) and Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) could have a good start to the week after the gold price pushed higher on Friday night. According to CNBC, the spot gold price was up 0.8% to US$1,772.50 an ounce. This was partly driven by the softening of the US dollar and meant a second successive week of gains for the precious metal.
Ramsay takeover progressing?
the Ramsay Health Care Limited (ASX: RHC) share price will be on watch amid reports that KKR’s takeover approach is progressing. In April, the private hospital operator received a non-binding $88 per share offer from the private equity giant. According to the AFR, Ramsay is believed to have received a new request for due diligence on his French business, Ramsay Sante. This is thought to be the only thing holding up a binding offer being tabled.