Australian shares have reached fresh all-time highs for a fourth consecutive day following the signing of a trade deal between the US and China earlier this week.
The benchmark &P/ASX200 index was up 35.1 points, or 0.5 per cent, at 7076.9 at 1200 AEDT after briefly touching a record 7088.1.
The broader All Ordinaries gained 34.3 points, or 0.48 per cent, to 7,192.9, down from a record 7205.5 reached in morning trade.
The market followed new highs set on Wall Street overnight following the end of the 18-month tariff war between China and the US that hampered global growth and financial markets.
CMC Markets chief strategist Michael McCarthy said the market was also boosted by the US Senate passing legislation enabling a new North American trade deal overnight.
"This further clearing of the trade clouds fogging the global economy saw investors push US indices to new heights, and lifted the US dollar," he said.
All local sectors except energy and health care were in the green at noon.
CSL and a raft of other stocks hit new records but Nufarm was the worst performer.
The agricultural and chemical company's shares were down 59 cents, or 9.69 per cent, at $5.50 at noon after signalling its first half earnings would be half that of the prior comparative period.
Rio Tinto was higher after posting its fourth quarter production report and adding
Medical marijuana maker Creso Pharma lifted 23.33 per cent to 18.5 cents after a strong quarterly report thanks to strong product sales.
Saxo Markets strategist Eleanor Creagh said momentum was strong.
There was a growing consensus the raft of rate cuts throughout the last year and ongoing expansion of central bank balance sheets will reignite global economic growth, she said.
The Australian dollar was buying 68.96 US cents at noon AEDT on Friday, down from 69.05 US cents at Thursday's close.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/asx200-australian-stock-market-highest-record-of-all-time/6f8b3aef-05c2-4ca6-b63c-58813d6c566e