Expect the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) to bounce when the market opens again this morning, bolstered by a solid night for equity markets and rising commodity prices.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): up 1.12 %
  • DAX (Germany): up 2.28%
  • CAC 40 (France): up 2.27%
  • Dow Jones (USA): up 0.54%
  • NASDAQ (USA): up 0.84%

Iron ore and oil both recorded gains overnight. Companies such as BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP), Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) and Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (ASX: LNG) rose strongly on Thursday and could get another boost today.

Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) soared 5.5% as well to $5.16, so investors will look for further gains.

The spot gold price also continued to rise after the Federal Reserve kept interest rates on hold on Wednesday night (local time). Independence Group NL (ASX: IGO), EVOLUTION FPO (ASX: EVN) and Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) all soared during yesterday’s session, and could rise further.

Shares across the telecommunications sector managed to regain some of their losses on Thursday. Some investors might see that as an opportunity to load up on shares of TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX: TPM) and Vocus Communications Limited (ASX: VOC), but they could remain volatile for some time.

Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) was the best share from the ASX 200 cohort on Thursday, soaring 9.6%. Monadelphous Group Limited (ASX: MND) also rose 7.2%, with both shares likely to come across the market’s radar.

At the other end of the bourse were JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) and OFX Group Ltd (ASX: OFX) – formerly OzForex Group. The pair dropped 2.7% and 8.1% respectively, and could also receive some attention today.

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