A worker lines up the motherboard as he assembles a 32-inch TV at Element Electronics in Winnsboro, South Carolina May 29, 2014. When Walmart pledged last year to buy an extra $250 billion in U.S.-made goods over the next decade, it appeared to be just what was needed to help move America's putative manufacturing renaissance from rhetoric to reality. The company says consumers can now buy everything from U.S.-made flat-screen TVs, light bulbs and towels and curtains in its stores and on its website. The flat-screen TVs, made in Winnsboro, South Carolina by Element Electronics, may be the campaign�s biggest surprise to date. Today, Element�s 315,000-square-foot plant in South Carolina has six assembly lines making 32- and 40-inch TVs that are now available in all of Walmart's more than 4,000 U.S. Stores. The switch has led to significant savings in ocean freight charges and customs duties on finished goods - though like so many companies involved in the initiative Element has had difficulty finding domestic suppliers. To match Feature WALMART-RESHORING/ Picture taken May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

* In US economic data, the Kansas City Federal Reserve manufacturing index was steady at +9 in December with the composite index up from +7 to +8.

* European shares were mixed on Friday as investors positioned after the steep gains recorded by markets on Thursday. The FTSEurofirst 300 index was up by 0.4% but the euro zone blue-chip EuroSTOXX 50 lost 0.4% and the German Dax lost 0.3%. In London trade, the FTSE rose by 1.2% with shares in BHP Billiton up by 3.6% while Rio Tinto lifted 2.1%.

* US sharemarkets rose on Friday although gains were trimmed decisively in the final hour of trade. Influencing trade was quadruple witching - the expiration of stock options, index options, index futures and single-stock futures. After being up 96 points, the Dow Jones finished higher by almost 27 points or 0.2%. The S&P 500 index rose by 0.5% while the Nasdaq lifted by 17 points or 0.4%. For the week, the Dow rose by 3.0%, the S&P rose by 3.4% and the Nasdaq gained 2.4%.

* US long-term treasuries rose on Friday (yields lower) in response to end-week bargain-hunting. US 2 year yields rose by 1 point to 0.642% while US 10 year yields fell by 5 points to 2.16%. Over the week US 2 year yields rose by 6 points while US 10 year yields rose by 4 points.

* Major currencies fell against the greenback in European and US trade on Friday with the US dollar index at the highest levels since April 2006. The Euro eased from highs near US$1.2300 to around US$1.2220 and was at US$1.2225 in late US trade. The Aussie dollar fell from highs near US81.90c to around US81.20c and was around US81.40c in late US trade. And the Japanese yen weakened from 118.85 yen per US dollar to JPY119.62 and was near JPY119.49 in late US trade. The Aussie was at US81.6c this morning with Japanese yen at JPY119.38.

* World oil prices posted their biggest daily gains in two years on Friday with analysts attributing the gains to traders taking profits on short positions. There is debate by analysts that producers have put a short-term floor price for oil at US$60 a barrel. Brent crude rose by US$2.11 or 3.6% to US$61.38 a barrel. US Nymex crude rose by US$2.41 or 4.5% to US$56.52 a barrel. Over the week Brent crude fell by US47c or 0.8% while Nymex eased by US$1.29 or 2.1%.

* Base metal prices rose by up to 2.7% on the London Metal Exchange on Friday with zinc leading the gains But nickel lost 0.3% and aluminium lost 0.1%. Over the week prices slumped as much as 6.5% with nickel leading the declines although zinc lost only 0.3%. Gold rose modestly on Friday with Comex gold futures up by

US$1.20 an ounce or 0.1% to US$1,196.00 per ounce. Over the week gold lost US$26.50 or 2.2%. Iron ore rose by US$1.50 to US$69.50 a tonne on Friday and was up US80c over the week.

Ahead: In Australia no major economic data is scheduled. In the US, data on existing home sales is released with the National Activity index.

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