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S&P/ASX 200 gives back some gains but still finishes up 0.6%

S&P/ASX 200 closed 0.6% higher supported by the Healthcare, Industrials and Utilities sectors.

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ALU, BXB, CQR, DHG, HLO, IVC, NHF, SEK reported results today

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) (ASX:XJO) has given back some of its gains but has still finished strongly closing up 0.6% or 37 points higher to 5,941.

4.10pm: ASX200 closes up 0.6%

The ASX200 closed slightly down from its high for the day of 5,949.6.

Healthcare, Industrials and Utilities were the top performing sectors today while Energy was the only sector that performed negatively.

Notably, BHP Billiton Limited (ASX:BHP) will be reporting after market tomorrow.

There will be no trading in the US tonight as it is a long weekend.

3.06pm: ASX200 up 0.8%

The ASX200 continues to track higher this afternoon, currently trading at its highs for the day.

A notable change has been the well-received earnings reports today.

The majority of the companies that reported earnings today are trading positively suggesting investors are supportive of their reported performance during the December half.

12.23pm: ASX200 up 0.5%

The ASX200 put on 45 points this morning reaching the day's high just before midday.

Biggest gainers include BlueScope Steel Limited (ASX:BPT) up 8.3% and Primary Health Care Limited (ASX:PRY) up 4.6%.

Biggest decliners include InvoCare Limited (ASX:IVC) down 7.4% and Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX:WPL) down 7.5%.

10.41am: ASX200 up 0.1%

The market is being supported by the utilities sector, up 1.6%.

Conversely, the energy sector is down 1.3% largely due to Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX:WPL) being down 7%.

Investors have supported results from DHG, HLO, NHF and SEK all up over 1%.

IVC is the biggest underperformer today, down 8% after releasing its result.

Pre-market wrap: S&P/ASX 200 set to open lower coming off a strong week

The ASX200 was set to open lower as ASX200 futures traded down 0.55% to 5,848.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:DJI) finished flat on Friday, up 0.08% to 25,219 but ended what was a very strong week of gains.

The AUDUSD is off 0.49% to 0.7905.

Gold has given back some of its recent gains, down to US$1,349.70 and WTI Crude Oil is trading at US$61.55 per barrel.

ALU, BXB, CQR, DHG, HLO, IVC, NHF, SEK report today

The third week of February reporting season kicks off today.

Companies of note reporting results today include:

Altium Limited (ASX:ALU);
Brambles Limited (ASX:BXB);
Charter Hall Retail REIT (ASX:CQR);
• Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (ASX:DHG);
• Helloworld Travel Ltd (ASX:HLO);
InvoCare Limited (ASX:IVC);
NIB Holdings Limited (ASX:NHF); and
• SEEK Limited (ASX:SEK).

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