5 things to watch on the ASX 200 on Friday

The ASX 200 looks set to end the week on a positive note…

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On Thursday, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) had another tough day and dropped deep into the red. The benchmark index fell 0.75% to 7,175.5 points.

Will the market be able to bounce back from this on Friday and end the week on a high? Here are five things to watch:

ASX 200 expected to rise

The Australian share market looks set to end the week on a positive note after a decent session on Wall Street. According to the latest SPI futures, the ASX 200 is expected to open 19 points or 0.25% higher this morning. In late trade in the United States, the Dow Jones is up 0.35%, the S&P 500 has risen 0.6%, and the Nasdaq is up 0.95%.

Oil prices down

Energy shares Beach Energy Ltd (ASX: BPT) and Woodside Energy Group Ltd (ASX: WDS) could have a subdued finish to the week after oil prices dropped again. According to Bloomberg, the WTI crude oil price is down 0.35% to US$71.74 a barrel and the Brent crude oil price is down 0.85% to US$76.56 a barrel. Demand concerns continue to weigh on prices.

BHP shares downgraded

The BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) share price could be fully valued now according to analysts at Morgans. This morning the broker has downgraded the mining giant's shares to a hold rating with a $44.80 price target. It commented: "While hopeful of a China growth recovery, which would be positive for steel/iron ore demand, we are less comfortable with the equity market already moving to price in the recovery before it unfolds." Rio Tinto Ltd (ASX: RIO) shares were also downgraded for the same reason.

Gold price rises

Gold miners including Newcrest Mining Ltd (ASX: NCM) and St Barbara Ltd (ASX: SBM) could have a positive finish to the week after the gold price rose overnight. According to CNBC, the spot gold price is up 0.2% to US$1,800.8 an ounce. Traders were buying gold after the US dollar weakened.

Technology One rated neutral

The TechnologyOne Ltd (ASX: TNE) share price could also be fully valued according to Goldman Sachs. This morning the broker reiterated its neutral rating with an improved price target of $14.45. It said: "We are attracted to TNE's potential earnings upside in coming years (price increases, cross-sell execution, UK growth, margin expansion) and defensive public sector end markets, but see valuation as relatively full at current levels."

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Technology One. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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