Australian Market Significantly Higher

(RTTNews) - The Australian stock market is currently trading significantly higher on Monday, snapping the seven-session losing streak, with the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 moving above the 7,600.00 level, following the mixed cues from global markets on Friday, with gains in mining, technology and financial stocks were partially offset by weakness in energy stocks. Easing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East lifted market sentiment.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index is gaining 79.40 points or 1.05 percent to 7,646.70, after touching a high of 7,678.60 earlier. The broader All Ordinaries Index is up 79.90 points or 1.02 percent to 7,897.30. Australian stocks closed significantly lower on Friday.

Among the major miners, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals are gaining almost 1 percent each, while BHP Group is advancing almost 2 percent and Mineral Resources is adding more than 2 percent.

Oil stocks are mostly lower. Beach energy and Woodside Energy are declining almost 1 percent each, while Santos is edging down 0.5 percent. Origin Energy is gaining more than 1 percent.

Among tech stocks, Xero and WiseTech Global are gaining almost 1 percent each, while Appen is adding almost 2 percent, Afterpay owner Block is up more than 1 percent and Zip is advancing more than 3 percent.

Gold miners are mixed. Gold Road Resources is gaining almost 2 percent and Newmont is adding almost 1 percent, while Northern Star Resources and Evolution Mining are edging down 0.3 percent each. Resolute Mining is losing almost 2 percent.

Among the big four banks, Commonwealth Bank and Westpac are adding more than 1 percent each, while ANZ Banking is up almost 1 percent and National Australia Bank is gaining almost 2 percent.

In other news, shares in defence tech developer Droneshield have fallen 18 percent following strong demand for an equity raise over the weekend and news of a share purchase plan.

In the currency market, the Aussie dollar is trading at $0.644 on Monday.

On Wall Street, the Nasdaq showed a substantial move to the downside during trading on Friday, extending its recent losing streak, with technology stocks under pressure. The S&P 500 also saw further downside, while the narrower Dow bucked the downtrend.

The Nasdaq plunged 319.49 points or 2.1 percent to 15,282.01, closing lower for the sixth straight session and the S&P 500 also closed lower for the sixth straight day, slumping 43.89 points or 0.9 percent, while the Dow added to the slim gain posted in the previous session, climbing 211.02 points or 0.6 percent to 37,986.40.

The major European markets also finished the day mixed. While the U.K.'s FTSE 100 Index crept up by 0.2 percent, the French CAC 40 Index closed just below the unchanged and the German DAX Index fell by 0.6 percent.

Crude oil prices moved higher on Friday as geopolitical tensions rose following Israel's retaliatory attack on Iran. West Texas Intermediate Crude oil futures for May ended higher by $0.41 at $83.14 a barrel, although WTI crude futures shed about 3 percent in the week.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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