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Market Wrap

A look at the key market indices and analysis of what is driving the market.


ASX at 5983 – Friday 24 November – Ashes even Stephens

Early selling was negated as early losses became slight gains later but the index still fell and ended at 5983 At the close, the S&P/ASX 200 was 4 points or 0.06 per cent down but for the week the index was up 25 points. The value of trades was $5.4 billion on a volume of … Continue reading “ASX at 5983 – Friday 24 November – Ashes even Stephens”


ASX Market Wrap 23rd November

The index  closed 0.2 points lower at 5,986. The value of trades was $5.1 billion on a volume of 629 million shares. The worst performing sector was Discretionary down 0.75 per cent at 2,276. points. The best performing sector was Energy up 0.7 per cent to at 10,260. At 4pm ASET , Gold was trading … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap 23rd November”


23rd November – ASX closes up at 5986

The Australian share was down at midday but the market was buoyed due to construction data from the ABS and closed up at 5,986. The Energy sector was up 1.2 % to close at 10,188 after news which saw a rise in US cruse rose and shares in Origin Energy up nearly 1.6 per cent. The … Continue reading “23rd November – ASX closes up at 5986”


Tuesday 21st November ASX closes 0.3% higher at 5964

The market performed well in the afternoon to finish up for the day up by 18 points up, or 0.3 per cent at 5,964.  The Utilities and Industrial sectors were the most robust with Utilities closing up 0.8 per cent to close at 8,468 although gains were also seen again in the Energy and Financials … Continue reading “Tuesday 21st November ASX closes 0.3% higher at 5964”


Monday 20th November – The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 14 points down or 0.24 per cent lower at 5,943.

Over half the index was down today, maybe due to a poor lead from the US The energy sector was the only area to provide investor solace, higher by 0.7 points at 10,117 and the Utility sector was the highest fall, down 2.2 % at 8,380. At 4pm AEST, Gold was trading at $US1,293 an … Continue reading “Monday 20th November – The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 14 points down or 0.24 per cent lower at 5,943.”


Today the ASX closed up by 14 points up, or 0.2 per cent higher finishing at 5,957. BTW – Barmy Army are here!

Short term visitor arrivals increased by 0.4 per cent in September, compared to August, continuing and upward trend for the year. Maybe it was the barmy army. The Ashes are due to start next week. The ABS reported sales of new motor vehicles for the month of October was down by 0.4 per cent. Elsewhere … Continue reading “Today the ASX closed up by 14 points up, or 0.2 per cent higher finishing at 5,957. BTW – Barmy Army are here!”


16/11/17 ASX closes up by 0.16 per cent to close at 5944.

The Australian share market was up in afternoon trading after a flat morning to close at 5944. Australia’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 per cent, and the rate is forecast to stay at 5.5 per cent with the creation of 17,500 new jobs this year. The biggest company mover saw Santos up by more than 12 … Continue reading “16/11/17 ASX closes up by 0.16 per cent to close at 5944.”


15th November – ASX closes lower by 0.15 per cent, 35 points, at 5934, back below 6000

The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 35 points down, or 0.58% lower, to close at 5,934. In Sector news, Health Care, Info Tech and Discretionaries headed the market   up 0.2% at 2274 while all other sectors fell. Mining and energy stocks fell over 2% following a fall in the price of iron ore. Fortescue, BHP, Rio … Continue reading “15th November – ASX closes lower by 0.15 per cent, 35 points, at 5934, back below 6000”


ASX Market Wrap – 14th November

The S&P/ASX closed 56 points down, or 0.9 per cent, at 5969 – their worst day in approaching two months. The wider All Ordinaries index lost 49 points to close at 6049. The value of trades was $9.09 billion on volume of 835 million shares at the close of trade. The best performing sector was … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap – 14th November”


ASX Market Wrap – 13th November

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index fell  8 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index dropped 7 points to 6097. The value of trades was $4.8 billion on volume of 555 million shares at the close of trade. The best performing sector was Materials adding 0.6 per cent to close at 11,099.  The worst performing sector … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap – 13th November”


Friday 10 November – ASX closes at 6029 down 0.30 per cent

Falling iron ore prices dominated news and saw the market react poorly in particular the mining sector suffered as a result. The effect was also compounded by a lack lustre Wall Street failing to provide any positive lead. Rio Tinto fell 2.2 per cent and BHP  was almost 2 per cent down as well.  Only two sectors … Continue reading “Friday 10 November – ASX closes at 6029 down 0.30 per cent”


ASX Market Wrap – Market Closes Higher

The S&P/ASX 200 index rose another 33 points, or 0.6 per cent, to trade at 6049. The All Ordinaries index rose 33 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 6122. The best performing sector was Reits adding 1.4 per cent to close at 1,399. The worst performing sector was Energy, shedding 0.2 per cent to close … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap – Market Closes Higher”


ASX Market Wrap – 8th November

The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 2 points up, or 0.03 per cent higher to finish at 6,016. The value of trades was $5.3 billion on volume of 654 million shares at the close of trade. Virgin shares surged 13 per cent after the airline revealed that it has privitasation talks as it flagged higher earnings and … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap – 8th November”


7/11 Melbourne Cup day saw the ASX above 6000

The ASX smashed through the 6000 points marker for the first time since the GFC and remained unaffected by the Reserve Bank’s expected decision to keep interest rates unchanged. The Energy sector was up 2.7 per cent to 10,446 as was Materials. Bluescope, Fortescue and BHP all contributed to the leading Materials sector. The poorest sector performance saw … Continue reading “7/11 Melbourne Cup day saw the ASX above 6000”


3rd November – Best for a year – ASX closes at 5960 – Snapshot

A positive surge for the week saw the ASX 200 hitting one-year highs. In the early session all sectors apart from telcos were up. At the close the S&P/ASX 200 index closed up 28 points or 0.47 per cent higher to finish at 5,960. During the week the index was up 57 points which produced … Continue reading “3rd November – Best for a year – ASX closes at 5960 – Snapshot”


ASX Market Wrap – 2nd November 2017

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index slipped 6 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 5931, the second loss in four sessions. The best performing sector was materials adding 1.4 per cent to close at 10,944. The worst performing sector was telcos, shedding 1.4 per cent to close at 1,252. points. Banks and miners diverged on Thursday, with … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap – 2nd November 2017”


ASX closes at 5939 – Wednesday November 1st

The market opened with early upward momentum that continued throughout the day and saw the index close almost half a per cent higher nearly at 5,940. The Energy sector performed well, with Beach Energy up nearly 7.7 per cent and the sector added 1.1 per cent to close at 9,960. Materials performed solidly on the … Continue reading “ASX closes at 5939 – Wednesday November 1st”


Tuesday 31 October – ASX closes down 0.2% at 5909

At the close the S&P/ASX 200 index was 10 points down, 0.17% per cent lower to finish at 5,909. The value of trades was at $5.1 billion on a volume of 742 million shares. The top three stocks traded by value were Westpac Banking Corp, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and BHP Billiton Limited respectively. The Japan Nikkei … Continue reading “Tuesday 31 October – ASX closes down 0.2% at 5909”


ASX Market Wrap – 30th October 2017

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 gained 0.3 per cent to close at 5919.2 points and the broader All Ordinaries Index is up 0.2 per cent to 5983.7 points. ANZ finished the day up 0.7 per cent, National Australia Bank was up 0.7 per cent and Westpac also closed 0.7 per cent higher. Commonwealth Bank was the only bank … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap – 30th October 2017”


27th October – ASX closes down 0.22% at 5903 points

The 6,000 millstone still evades the market with the bourse at 5903. After encouraging news in general from the US there seemed a chance but the financial and industrial sectors put downward pressure on the index. At the close the S&P/ASX 200 index was 13 points lower, or 0.22 per cent lower to finish at … Continue reading “27th October – ASX closes down 0.22% at 5903 points”


Market Wrap – 26th October 2017

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index gained 10 points, or 0.2 per cent, to end the day at 5916, while the broader All Ordinaries Index rose 9 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5982. It’s the 13th session of gains in 15 for the ASX, with the index having decidedly broken out of a turgid trading … Continue reading “Market Wrap – 26th October 2017”


ASX Market Wrap – 25th October 2017

The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 8 points up, or 0.14 per cent higher to finish at 5,906. The value of trades was $5.1 billion on volume of 728 million shares at the close of trade. The best performing sector was Energy adding 1.2 per cent to close at 9,577.  The worst performing sector was Consumer … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap – 25th October 2017”


ASX Market Wrap – 24th October 2017

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index ended the session 3 points higher at 5897, while the All Ordinaries closed the day 5 points up at 5962. ANZ lost 0.3 per cent ahead of its full-year profit result on Thursday, CBA and NAB dropped 0.1 per cent, while Westpac shares ended even. In the mining sector, Alumina rose … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap – 24th October 2017”


ASX Market Wrap – 23rd October 2017

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 fell 12 points or 0.2 per cent to 5894, while the All Ordinaries dropped by a similar margin to 5957. ANZ fell 0.2 per cent after the lender surprised the market by settling with the corporate regulator in its case for allegedly fixing the bank bill swap rate.  NAB ended the session up 0.3 per cent,  … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap – 23rd October 2017”


Friday 20th October –  ASX closes at 5907 up nearly 2%

The All ords closed at its third highest performance over the last year led again by the utility sector which was up 1.7% at 8,444, whilst the worst performing sector was healthcare, down 0.4 per cent and closing at 23,800.  Oil also continued to fall and the price dropped 1.4 per cent and was reflected … Continue reading “Friday 20th October –  ASX closes at 5907 up nearly 2%”


Thursday 19th Octoder – ASX closes up at 5,896, up 6 points.

A positive day of trading seemed to follow the patterns and trends set by the Dow and NASDAQ. The local bourse however lost momentum in the afternoon session of trading but still managed to close up by 0.1 of a per cent. The best performing sectors were telco and consumer staples respectively that saw the … Continue reading “Thursday 19th Octoder – ASX closes up at 5,896, up 6 points.”


ASX Wrap for the 18th of October – All Ords close slightly higher at 5891

The local market started slowly and was led by the material sector as BHP reported its quarterly production results and the price of copper closed up 14 per cent. The effect was slightly dampened, by petroleum falling 8 per cent. The utilitity sector and healthcare sector were also up, the utility sector closed up 1.21 per … Continue reading “ASX Wrap for the 18th of October – All Ords close slightly higher at 5891”


ASX Market Wrap

The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 43 points higher to finish at 5,890. The ABS has reported on the September New Motor Vehicles Sales, with trend the trend estimate of 99, 850 decreased by 0.3 percent, compared to August 2017. A strong iron ore price and a recent run of positive economic data out of China … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap”


The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index gained 33 points or 0.6 per cent to 5847, while the All Ordinaries index rose 32 points, 0.6 per cent, to 5917. Monday’s gains extended a winning streak that started the Friday before last. Iron ore was at $US62.53 a tonne and Chinese iron ore futures were up another 2 per cent on … Continue reading “”


ASX Market Wrap – Friday 13th October

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index climbed 19 points, or 0.3 per cent, to end the day at 5814. The All Ordinaries ended the day higher by 20 points, or 0.4 per cent, at 5884. For the week, the S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.8 per cent, its best week in percentage terms since the last week of … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap – Friday 13th October”


ASX Market Wrap

The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 11 points up, or 0.39 per cent higher to finish at 5,795. The ABS reported today housing finance rose 2.1 per cent in August, largely bolstered by strong growth in investment lending. Bank of Queensland climbed 1.2 per cent after the lender declared a special dividend of 8¢ per share … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap”


ASX Market Wrap

  The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index and the broader All Ordinaries Index each bumped up 0.6 per cent to 5772.1 points and 5840.8 points respectively. The best performing sector was Consumer Discretionary adding 1.5 per cent to close at 2,189. The sector with the least gains was Materials, rising 0.17 per cent to close at … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap”


ASX Market Wrap

Australian shares fell for the first time in three sessions on Tuesday, dragged lower by the big miners, The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 1 points down, or 0.02 per cent lower to finish at 5,738. On the futures market the SPI is 9 points lower. The best performing sector was Consumer Discretionary gaining 0.66 per … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap”


Monday 9th October – ASX closes up by nearly 0.5% at 5740

The ASX maintained momentum from last week and the S&P/ASX 200 index closed 29 points up, or 0.49 per cent higher to finish at 5,740. Consumer Discretionary was the best performing sector, up 1.2 per cent to close at 2,142 and was followed by Telcos and Healthcare. However, the Energy and Materials sectors finished the day … Continue reading “Monday 9th October – ASX closes up by nearly 0.5% at 5740”


Friday 6th October – ASX Allords closes at 5711, up 29 points for the week.

The Market rebounded today and climbed throughout the day to close close to record highs of 5711. The Telcos featured strongly with Telstra up 1.77 per cent. The Material and Energy sectors also performed well due to the performance of BHP Billiton Limited and Rio Tinto both up, 1.99 and 1.85 per cent respectively. At the closing … Continue reading “Friday 6th October – ASX Allords closes at 5711, up 29 points for the week.”


Thursday October 5th ASX closes at 5652

The ASX closed slightly up buoyed by positive US leads, the local bourse opened higher before falling back and then picked up around midday to close slightly higher. Looking at sectors, information Tech and Consumer staples were up with Consumer Staples up 0.47 per cent to close at 9, 253. At the closing, the S&P/ASX … Continue reading “Thursday October 5th ASX closes at 5652”


ASX Closes almost 1 per cent lower at 5652

The local bourse quickly dived and remained in negative territory throughout the day to eventually close 0.86 per cent lower. All the sectors were down led by the utilitiy sector and then, followed by REITS and Energy. The sector with the least losses was Healthcare but it was still down 0.68 per cent to close … Continue reading “ASX Closes almost 1 per cent lower at 5652”


ASX 3/10/17 – Australian Bourse closes 0.49% lower at 5701

The local market quickly entered negative territory following falling global oil pricing and QBE Insurance falling share price which hit record lows as the insurance company the financial impact of the recent Hurricanes. The majority of the sectors finished closed down which saw the Energy sector lead the pack, followed by the Financial sector. The … Continue reading “ASX 3/10/17 – Australian Bourse closes 0.49% lower at 5701”


Friday 29th September 2017 – ASX closed up 11 points – 0.2% higher

Today the market opened slowly and was pretty much flat around midday. It then  pushed upwards and closed finally up by 0.2 per cent. At the close the S&P/ASX 200 index closed 11 points up, or 0.2 per cent higher to finish at 5,682 which actually meant that over the week the index was 0.54 … Continue reading “Friday 29th September 2017 – ASX closed up 11 points – 0.2% higher”


Thursday 28/9 – ASX shares close 0.11% higher at 5670

The ASX followed the lead from Wall Street which closed higher and saw the ASX kick off straight into the black but the local bourse slowed after the iron ore price fell nearly 4 per cent. The price fall dragged down related miners, Fortescue lost about 2.7 per cent, BHP and Rio Tinto also closed down. In Sector … Continue reading “Thursday 28/9 – ASX shares close 0.11% higher at 5670”


ASX closes 7 points down at 5664 – 27th September

A slow trading day on the ASX saw it losing momentum throughout the day. Telecoms were the worst performing sector at with Telstra down 1.7 per cent. Energy and Materials performed well, with Whitehaven Coal, Mineral Resources, Fortescue and Boral all up. The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 7 points lower, 0.12 per cent, to finish … Continue reading “ASX closes 7 points down at 5664 – 27th September”


The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 13 points lower or 0.22 per cent to finish at 5,671. The value of trades was $4.6 billion on volume of 663 million shares at the close of trade. The best performing sector was Energy, adding 1.9 per cent to close at 9,360. The worst performing sector was Consumer Discretionary, … Continue reading “”


ASX Market Wrap – 25th September

The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 2 points up or 0.03% to finish at 5,684. The value of trades was $3.5billion on volume of 485 million shares at the close of trade. The best performing sector was S&P/ASX Health Care adding 0.6 per cent to close at 22,700. The worst performing sector was Telcos, shedding 0.8 … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap – 25th September”


ASX Market Wrap

The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 27 points up, or 0.47 per cent higher, to finish at 5,682. Over the week it lost 13 points. The value of trades was $4.5 billion on volume of 613 million shares at the close of trade. The best performing sector was Financials Excluding REITS, adding 0.9 per cent to … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap”


ASX Market Wrap

The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 54 points lower, or 0.94 per cent to finish at 5,655. The value of trades was $6 billion on volume of 838 million shares at the close of trade. The best performing sector was Energy adding 0.5 per cent to close at 9,148.  The worst performing sector was Utilities, shedding … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap”


ASX Market Wrap

The S&P/ASX 200 index closed just 5 points down or 0.08% lower to 5,708. On the futures market the SPI is 6 points down. Tatts Group and Tabcorp  both entered a trading halt at 2pm ahead of the Federal Court of Australia handing down its judgement today about their proposed merger. It comes as the Court was … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap”


ASX Market Wrap

The S&P/ASX 200 index closed 7 points or 0.12 per cent lower to finish at 5,714. The value of trades was $4.7 billion on volume of 691 million shares at the close of trade. Residential property prices rose 1.9 per cent higher in the June quarter 2017, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). … Continue reading “ASX Market Wrap”


ASX closes up around 0.5% at 5721- Monday 18th September

The Australian share market finished the day about half a per cent higher after an early rise continued with most of the sectors closing up. Financials performed well as did the Consumer Discretionary sector. The Telcos, and Utilties closed lower with Telstra down over 1 per cent in the wake of a shareholder meeting. This was … Continue reading “ASX closes up around 0.5% at 5721- Monday 18th September”


Market closes down again – 44 points at 5695 Friday 15th September

The drop in the iron ore price affected the mining sector. In particular Fortescue Metals were down 4.4 per cent, while BHP and Rio Tinto were also down by over 2.2 per cent. At the closing bell the S&P/ASX 200 index closed 44 points down, or 0.76 per cent lower to finish at 5,695 for the day although … Continue reading “Market closes down again – 44 points at 5695 Friday 15th September”


ASX closes down nearly 1 per cent at 5738

The Australian Share market closed down 0.09 per cent again during today`s trading. The ASX was down at the open despite Wall Streets strong showing and failed to make a return to positive territory all day. Oil price was up 2.2 per cent overnight but it was the energy sector which underpinned the index. The … Continue reading “ASX closes down nearly 1 per cent at 5738”


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