ASX 200 today: What’s driving Australian shares after slow start?

Be the First to Comment Read

ASX 200 today: What’s driving Australian shares after slow start?

 ASX 200 today: What’s driving Australian shares after slow start?

Summary

  • The Australian benchmark equity index ASX 200 was trading up 19.50 points or 0.28 per cent to 6,904.70 at noon after jobless rate fell to 6.4 per cent in January.
  • Most commodity prices including gold (spot), WTI and Brent oil, and coal were trading higher. AUD/USD was trading 0.03 per cent up at 0.776.
  • Sector leading gains in the ASX 200 were Consumer Discretionary, Financials, Technology and Healthcare. The sectors with losses were Industrials, Energy and Utility. 

The Australian benchmark equity index ASX 200 was trading up 19.50 points or 0.28 per cent to 6,904.70 at noon after jobless rate fell to 6.4 per cent in January. The economy added 29,100 jobs in January, the latest Australian Bureau of Research (ABS) data showed. The sentiment may grow further as the latest labour force report, to be released later in the day, is expected to show improvement.

Most commodity prices including gold (spot), WTI and Brent oil, and coal were trading higher. AUD/USD was trading 0.03 per cent up at 0.776.

Image Source: © Djbobus | Megapixl.com

Sectoral Gains

Sector leading gains in the ASX 200 were Consumer Discretionary, Financials, Technology and Healthcare. But sectors with losses were Industrials, Energy and Utility. 

The top performing stocks on the ASX 200 were Treasury Wine Estates Ltd and IPH Ltd, up 12.62 per cent and 8.33 per cent, respectively.The laggards were NRW Holdings Ltd (down 16.79 per cent) and Perpetual Ltd  (down 8.90 per  cent).

Market News

Fortescue Metals Group confirmed a cost blowout of $US400 million at its Iron Bridge magnetite project amid exit of three top executives.

IPH’s first-half net profit after tax went down by 1 per cent to A$26.8 million. The NPAT surged 3 per cent to A$37.6 million.

Image Source: © Cmmeraydave | Megapixl.com

South32  announced that weaker commodity prices and a high Australian dollar counterbalanced a boost in sales volumes in its first half ended December 31.

NRW Holdings Ltd increased its interim dividend despite the coronavirus pandemic negatively impacting the profit during the first half of the year till 31 December 2021. While the profit fell 13 per cent to A$29 million, the revenue surged 45.2 per cent to A$1.14 billion.

READ MORE: Will infill Aircore drilling at Nhacutse give MRG Metals (ASX:MRQ) its second MRE?

Navigator Global Investments announced an interim dividend of US3.5 cents per share, down from the 8.5 cents per share paid in the year-ago period. The EBITDA fell 23 per cent to $US15.5 million, while the net profit dropped 35 per cent to US$8.8 million.

Rural Funds Group posted first-half net profit of A$58.4 million, up 112 per cent compared to the year ago period. The revenue surged 5 per cent to A$33.9 million.


READ MORE: You Can’t Miss These 5 Star Performers of Earnings Season

Disclaimer

Speak your Mind

Featured Articles

Ad
kalkine logo

GET A FREE STOCK REPORT

Top Penny Picks under 20 Cents to Fit Your Pocket! Get Exclusive Report on Penny Stocks For FREE Now.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. OK