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6 shares you need to watch on Friday

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) is poised to open relatively flat this morning following a 0.4% rise on Thursday. As it stands, the main bourse sits at 5,794 points.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • FTSE 100 (UK): up 0.3%
  • DAX (Germany): up 0.09%
  • CAC 40 (France): down 0.03%
  • Dow Jones (USA): down 0.14%
  • NASDAQ (USA): down 0.18%

The IPH Ltd (ASX: IPH) share price could remain in focus today after the shares surged 8.5% higher on Thursday, making it the top-performing share from the ASX 200 cohort. The shares have risen more than 15% over the past three sessions.

The Bapcor Ltd (ASX: BAP) share price rose strongly on Thursday as well, which could attract more attention today, along with gold miner Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST).

The gold price rose 0.2% overnight to US$1,294 an ounce, which could boost Northern Star’s shares even further.

At the other end of the spectrum, shares of Retail Food Group Limited (ASX: RFG) and Bega Cheese Ltd (ASX: BGA) struggled on Thursday. Investors will be hoping for a better performance today.

Finally, SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited-Ord (ASX: SKC) announced this morning that it has acquired NPT Limited’s interest in the AA Centre for $47 million. Skycity said the acquisition is consistent with its intention to consolidate control over its Auckland precinct as part of the Auckland master planning being undertaken.

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Motley Fool contributor Ryan Newman owns shares of Bapcor. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of Bapcor, IPH Ltd, and Retail Food Group Limited. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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