The benchmark S&P 500 stock index has clinched its longest bull-market run, closing above its previous January high, as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell affirmed the US central bank's current pace of rate hikes.
Australian shares have opened higher, helped by strength in healthcare and resources stocks, but gains could be capped following a weaker finish on Wall Street overnight and domestic political turmoil.
Oil prices have jumped three per cent, with Brent crude futures hitting a three-week high, after US government data showed a larger-than-expected draw in crude inventories and as Washington's sanctions on Iran signalled tightening supplies.
The benchmark S&P 500 has touched a record high and equalled its longest ever bull-market run, as US stocks rose on earnings reports in the consumer sector and relative calm in the trade dispute between the United States and China.
The state government has selected Department of Health executive Rebecca Brown as the new director general of its industry and tourism mega department – making her the third woman picked this year to head a major government agency.
Wall Street's major indexes have risen on optimism over trade talks between the United States and China, though they fell from session highs after President Donald Trump criticised the Federal Reserve for raising interest rates.
Oil futures rose after weeks of declines, as investors grew more concerned about an expected fall in supply from Iran due to US sanctions and worried less that a trade war between the United States and China would hurt economic growth.