By Oliver Gray
Investing.com - The S&P/ASX 200 added 26.30 points or 0.35% to 7,469.10 during the first hour of Friday’s trade, snapping two sessions of consecutive declines and tracking a positive lead on Wall Street overnight as market participants weighed comments from Federal Reserve officials following minutes from the central bank’s latest meeting.
ASX 200 Futures were pointing 0.34% lower.
Among stocks, Materials were up 1% overall as Rio Tinto Ltd (ASX: RIO ) added 0.5%, BHP Billiton Ltd (ASX: BHP ) gained 0.9%, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (ASX: FMG ) lifted 0.9%, Arizona Lithium Ltd (ASX: AZL ) added 5.7%, Core Lithium Ltd (ASX: CXO ) gained 5% and Piedmont Lithium Ltd (ASX: PLL ) added 3.4%.
In New Zealand, the NZX 50 was just 0.05% higher at 12,083.
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