It has been a positive start to the trading day for the Australian share market, bouncing at the open and gathering momentum in the first two hours of trade, tracking 0.63 per cent higher at noon. While it is a sea of green across most sectors today, the Utilities space is leading the charge, followed by gains in Energy and REITs. Once again Health Care is leading the losses, along with Consumer Discretionaries.
The S&P/ASX 200 index is 36 points up at 5,757. On the futures market the SPI is 33 points higher.
Checking in with how Asian markets are tracking now, Japan’s Nikkei has added 0.33 per cent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng has added 0.51 per cent and the Shanghai Composite has gained 0.22 per cent.
The Reserve Bank of Australia will hold its August board meeting this afternoon. Despite rumblings of a potential rate hike in the near future, most economists believe the central bank will once again keep interest rates on hold at a record low of 1.5 per cent.
Oroton Group Limited (ASX:ORL) has negotiated amendments to the terms of its facility agreement with Westpac, which will enable it to continue using its existing $35 million facility. The Australian accessories retailer has also provided guidance for FY17, forecasting net debt to come in at $6 million, and underlying EBITDA of between $2 and $3 million. Shares in Oroton Group are trading down 2.78 per cent at $1.05.
Catapult Group International Limited (ASX:CAT) has achieved preliminary FY17 revenue of $61.8 million based on the Group’s guidance assumptions. The company says FY17 has been a transformational year with pro-forma revenue growth in its Elite Wearables business of 52 per cent and group wide revenue growth exceeding 20 per cent. Catapult says its also confident in delivering positive underlying EBITDA for FY17.Shares in Catapult Group are trading down 5.94 per cent at $1.90.
Best and worst performers
The best performing sector is Utilities, gaining 1.44 per cent to 8,341. Shares in AGL Energy Limited (ASX:AGL) have risen 2.03 per cent and trading at $24.59. Shares in Ausnet Services (ASX:AST) and Infigen Energy (ASX:IFN) are also stronger.
The worst performing sector is Health Care, falling 0.33 per cent to 22,271. Shares in Nanosonics (ASX:NAN) have fallen 2.97 per cent, trading at $2.29. Shares in Cohclear (ASX:COH) and Regis Healthcare (ASX:REG) are also lower.
Evans & Partners Global Disruption Fund (ASX:EGD) started trading today. The investment fund floated with an issue price of $1.60, opened at $1.60 and is currently trading at $1.65.
Gold and the dollar
Gold is trading at $US1,269 an ounce.
The Australian dollar is buying $US0.8041.