It has been a positive start to the trading session for the Australian share market, opening in the black and continuing to gain momentum throughout the session, tracking 0.71 per cent higher at noon. The consumer discretionaries space is the best performer this session with the likes of APN Outdoor (ASX:APO) gaining over 8 per cent and OohMedia (ASX:OML) adding over 10 per cent. Materials are once again faring the worse with losses in BHP and across the gold stocks.
The S&P/ASX 200 index is 39 higher to 5,584. On the futures market the SPI is 37 points higher.
Tatts Group Limited(ASX:TTS) has announced it has received an unsolicited, confidential proposal from four financial investors to acquire 100 per cent of Tatts for a combination of cash and scrip. Tatts says it is yet to form a view on how the indicative proposal compares to the proposed TabCorp merger. The company says it will provide a full update to shareholders as soon as possible. Shares in Tatts Group are trading up 9.54 per cent at $4.53.
Lithium Australia (ASX:LIT) says it will file a reply and a defence to a counterclaim from Lepidico Limited (ASX:LPD) in the Supreme Court of Western Australia. The lithium explorer announced that it was suing Lepidico in relation to the Sileach lithium recovery process. Lithium Australia directors say they are confident of a favourable outcome on the matter. Shares in Lithium Australia are trading flat at $0.14.
Best and worst performers
The best performing sector is Discretionaries, gaining 1.85 per cent higher to 2,094. Shares in Tatts Group (ASX:TAH) have risen 9.54 per cent and trading at $4.53. Shares in APN Outdoor (ASX:APO) and Corporate Travel Management (ASX:CTD) are also stronger.
The sector with the least gains is Materials, adding 0.06 per cent to 9,774. Shares in Independence Group (ASX:IGO) have fallen 2.04 per cent, trading at $4.08. Shares in Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR) and Saracen Minerals (ASX:SAR) are also lower.
Gold and the dollar
Gold is trading at $US1,159 an ounce.
The Australian dollar is buying $US0.7491.