The ASX200 cruised into the close with a gain of 0.36% on Friday, as markets remained relatively sanguine ahead of US employment figures later tonight.

Gains at the big end of town were led by the IT sector which rose more than 2%.

More steady gains in financials and energy stocks offset another round of falls in the big resources companies, as the ASX200 Materials index finished the week almost 2% lower.

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Large cap gains were again led by Afterpay (ASX:APT), which rose by another 5% to close at $132 — now well above the indicative offer price of ~$126 per share in the marquee Square Inc transaction announced earlier this week.

Pointsbet Holdings (ASX:PBH) also climbed, rebounding off recent lows to close at $10 after falling from highs above $16 in February this year.

And Contact Energy (ASX:CEN) closed 3.9% higher after announcing a new board appointment, with infrastructure expert Sandra Dodds joining as a non-executive director.

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Falls were led by online marketplace REA Group (ASX:REA), which dipped by 4.7% as investors responded to the company’s full-year results presentation released this morning.