The Market Movers || ASX Inches Up; Healthcare And IT Are Real Stars

• Australian shares edged higher on Thursday, helped by firmer technology and healthcare stocks, with the focus turning to U.S. inflation data due this week that could impact monetary policies globally. 

• Australia-based fintech company IRESS Ltd. (ASX:IRE) is the top percentage gainer on the ASX. Some of other top gainers are ResMed Inc (ASX:RMD), Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (ASX:URW), Whitehaven Coal (ASX:WHC) and EML Payments (ASX:EML). 

• On the other hand, Monadelphous Group (ASX:MND), Worley (ASX:WOR), Corporate Travel Management (ASX:CTD), and Reece Limited (ASX:REH) are among top laggards.

• Technology Index heavyweight Afterpay (ASX:APT), accounting software maker Xero (ASX:XRO), WAAX player WiseTech (ASX:WTC), and multinational software corporation Altium (ASX:ALU) are trading higher. 

• Then, Market-leading financial software provider Iress Ltd (ASX:IRE) eyed its best session since August 2018. Iress responded to a media article, saying it has not got any direct approach for a buyout. 

• Moreover, Payment solutions firm EML Payments (ASX:EML) and Nuix Ltd (ASX:NXL) also jumped up on the board. 

• Australian Energy players such as Woodside Petroleum (ASX:WPL), AGL Energy (ASX:AGL) Beach Resources (ASX:BPT), and Origin Energy (ASX:ORG) are trading in red amid broader oil price dynamics. Crude oil prices closed almost unchanged on Wednesday after US inventory data revealed a surge in gasoline inventories due to weak fuel demand. 

• Shares of online bookmaker PointsBet (ASX:PBH) climbed on deal for online sports wagering in Maryland. 

• plants and flowers retailer Lynch Group Holdings (ASX:LGL) hit record high on increasing its guidance for financial year 2021.

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