The Australian share market is shuffling lower despite gains in the major banks - ANZ (ASX:ANZ) are up as is the Commonwealth bank (ASX: CBA). Meanwhile milk is sliding with Bellamy’s (ASX:BAL) dropping and A2 milk (ASX:A2M) also seeing a slide.
US major stocks suffered late falls yesterday dragged down by Amazon and other tech stocks.
Oil and Gold are clawing their way back up .
The S&P/ASX 200 index is down 0.2 per cent that’s 11 points at 5778. On the futures market the SPI is eyeing a gain of 9 points.
Local economic news
Private Sector Credit in Australia increased to 0.40 percent in February from 0.30 percent in January 2018.
Magnis Resources (ASX:MNS) has made a strategic investment to acquire a 10 per cent interest in leading US based lithium-ion battery technology group Charge CCCV.
They are an intellectual property company based in New York with expertise and patented discoveries in Lithium-Ion batteries.
Their battery material provides for a robust crystal stability allowing higher voltage operations, and increasing battery life.
Magnis will have an exclusive agreement for five years over selected C4V patents.
Shares in Magnis Resources 3.45 per cent higher to $0.45
Best and worst performers
The best performing sector is financials excluding REIT adding 0.4 per cent to 6808 points while the worst performing sector is materials shedding 1 per cent to 1104 points.
The best performing stock in the S&P/ASX 200 is Iron Mountain Incorporated (ASX:INM), rising almost 4 per cent to $42.73, followed by shares in Super Retail Group (ASX:SUL) and Alumina (ASX:AWC).
The worst performing stock in the S&P/ASX 200 is Oro-cobre (ASX:ORE), dropping 5 per cent to $5.40, followed by shares in Bellamy’s (ASX:BAL) and Retail Food Group (ASX:RFG).
Gold and the dollar
Gold is trading at $US1,327 an ounce.
One Australian dollar is buying 76.58 US cents.
Bitcoin has gained 1 per cent to US$7970, Ethereum fell about 0.3 per cent to US$448 and EOS gained 6 per cent to $6.30