(Australian Associated Press)
WORLD FINANCE UPDATE:
The Australian market looks set to open higher after Wall Street made solid gains overnight.
At 0730 AEDT on Wednesday, the share price futures index was up 15 points, or 0.25 per cent, at 5,898.
Meanwhile, the Australian dollar is lower, as the greenback surges against most of the major currencies.
The local currency was trading at 77.79 US cents at 0730 AEDT on Wednesday, from 78.11 on Tuesday.
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