The Australian sharemarket has defied Wall Street’s optimism from Friday and dipped at the open. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX:CBA)
and major iron ore players have weighed on the market, as Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG)
and BHP (ASX:BHP)
are both sustaining losses. CBA has also forecasted the unemployment rate to decline at a rapid pace this year, based on forward-looking indicators.
At noon, the ASX200 is tracking 0.4 per cent or 25 points down at 6,971. Its futures are pointing to a fall of 28 points.Company news
’s 50 per cent-owned Brazilian mining corporation Samarco has requested judicial reorganisation (JR) with Brazilian authorities.
Casino operator Crown Resorts (ASX:CWN)
has found a new director in the form of former SkyCity (ASX:SKC)
deputy chair Bruce Carter, pending probity clearance.
Centuria Industrial REIT (ASX:CIP)
has added a distribution centre in the strategic infill market of Arndell Park to its $784 million pipeline of industrial asset acquisitions in FY21.
Perenti Global-owned African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) has been awarded a 2-year contract extension for its business with AngloGold Ashanti (ASX:AGG)
. The deal worth $235 million will allow AUMS to continue and expand operations at the Geita Mine in Tanzania.
The board of Synlait Milk (ASX:SM1)
has accepted the resignation of CEO Leon Clement.Best and worst performers
The best-performing sector is Information Technology, adding 0.2 per cent, while the worst-performing sector is REITs, shedding 1.3 per cent.
The best-performing stock in the S&P/ASX 200 is Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS)
, rising 4.1 per cent to $1.21. It's followed by shares in Appen (ASX:APX)
and Xero (ASX:XRO)
The worst-performing stock in the S&P/ASX 200 is Kogan.com (ASX:KGN)
, dropping almost 5 per cent to $12.64. It's followed by shares in Platinum Asset Management (ASX:PTM)
and Nickel Mines (ASX:NIC)
.Commodities and the dollar
Gold is trading at US$1,741 an ounce.
The iron ore price has risen 0.3 per cent to US$173.54 a ton.
Iron ore futures are pointing to a fall of 0.5 per cent.
One Australian dollar is buying 76.06 US cents.