ASX down 0.29% near noon: Investors await elections in UK and France

Market Reports

by Peter Milios

The Australian sharemarket opened lower due to anticipation surrounding elections in the UK and France, amidst ongoing global uncertainty. At 11:35am, the S&P/ASX 200 is 0.29 per cent lower at 7,745, with technology stocks, notably WiseTech, declining by 1.9% and 4% respectively. Investors are also monitoring upcoming French elections, while domestic focus shifts to upcoming economic data releases and Reserve Bank policy minutes tomorrow.

The SPI futures are pointing to a fall of 48 points.

Best and worst performers

The best-performing sector is A-REIT, up 0.91 per cent. The worst-performing sector is Info Tech, down 1.84 per cent.

The best-performing large cap is Whitehaven Coal (ASX:WHC), trading 5.75 per cent higher at $8.09. It is followed by shares in Lynas Rare Earths (ASX:LYC) and Yancoal Australia (ASX:YAL).

The worst-performing large cap is WiseTech Global (ASX:WTC), trading 4.19 per cent lower at $96.10. It is followed by shares in Pro Medicus (ASX:PME) and Telix Pharmaceuticals (ASX:TLX).

Commodities and the dollar

Gold is trading at US$2338.00 an ounce.

Iron ore is 0.9 per cent higher at US$106.70 a tonne.

One Australian dollar is buying 66.69 US cents.

Peter Milios

Peter Milios is a recent graduate from the University of Technology - majoring in Finance and Accounting. Peter is currently working under equity research analyst Di Brookman for Corporate Connect Research.

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