Market Update: RBA Announces Rate Cut: How Markets Performed?

On October 1, 2019, the Reserve Bank of Australia (or RBA) has made an announcement that the cash rate cut has been reduced by 25 bps and stood at 0.75%.In the recent release by RBA, it was mentioned that the US and China trade and technology disputes are affecting the international trade flows as well as investments, with businesses scaling back their spending plans due to increased uncertainty. Additionally, it was stated that the interest rates are very low around the world and further monetary easing could be anticipated.

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We would now have a look at how the Australian markets performed on October 1, 2019. The S&P/ASX200 ended the session in green, as the index witnessed a rise of 54.5 points or 0.8% to end the session at 6742.8. On the same day, All Ordinaries rose by 52.4 points or 0.8% on an intraday basis to close the session at 6853. Let us now have a look at the performance of banking stocks. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) and Westpac Banking Corporation (ASX: WBC) ended the session in green, as the stock prices of these banks rose by 0.557% and 0.202%, respectively, on an intraday basis. However, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ASX: ANZ) ended the session in red, as the stock price fell by 0.105% to end at A$28.490 per share.

The stock price of Resolute Mining Limited (ASX: RSG) and Gold Road Resources Limited (ASX: GOR) closed the day by falling 1.056% and 2.008%, respectively, on an intraday basis.

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A Recent Update on AMA Group Limited

AMA Group Limited (ASX: AMA) announced to have entered into a binding agreement with Suncorp Insurance Ventures Pty Ltd to acquire 90% of Capital Smart Repairs Australia Pty Ltd, based on the implied enterprise value (100% basis) of $420 million. AMA would also be acquiring 100% of ACM Parts Pty Ltd from Suncorp for $20 million, concurrent with acquisition.

EOS Plans to Acquire EM Solutions Pty Limited

Electro Optic Systems (ASX: EOS), via a release dated October 1, 2019, unveiled that it has agreed to acquire EM Solutions Pty Limited, which is a leading Australian technology player in the field of microwave satellite communications. It was also reported that EMS would become part of EOS Communication Systems.

NUF Daily Technical Chart (Source: Thomson Reuters)


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