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S&P/ASX 200 rises 0.99% to hit one-week high as tech leads broad market gains

Oil prices rose 0.4% to US$40.68 on Wednesday, extending gains from the previous session, as a hurricane disrupted US offshore oil and gas production.

Thor Mining PLC - S&P/ASX 200 rises 0.99% to hit one-week high as tech leads broad market gains
Gold edged 0.1% lower to US$1,955.21 per ounce from a near-two week high

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) is up 58 points or 0.99% at 5,953 around 1.15 pm with all sectors making gains.

The local tech sector is the biggest performer following more improvements for US tech stocks overnight.

Buy now, pay later players are enjoying a good run with Splitit Ltd (ASX:SPT) gaining 8.22% and Sezzle Inc (ASX:SZL) up 7.36%.

New home sales surge

New home sales across Australia surged 19.1% in August as buyers took advantage of record low interest rates and increased savings to jump into the property market.

Data from the Housing Industry Association showed the surge last month was driven by New South Wales and Western Australia with sales increasing 11.7% and 11.4% respectively.

Fed policy meeting

Wednesday marks the second day of the US Federal Reserve policy’s meeting, the first since unveiling a policy shift toward greater tolerance of inflation, effectively pledging to keep interest rates low for longer.

The Fed will provide its quarterly update on estimates for GDP, unemployment and inflation.

Top gainers

Today’s top gainers on the ASX include Brookside Energy Ltd (ASX:BRK) (+20.00%), Emperor Energy Ltd (ASX:EMP) (+25.00%), Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL) (+14.29%) and Blue Star Helium Ltd (ASX:BNL) (+10.34%).

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Bryah Resources begins aircore drilling of four gold-copper prospects in Bryah Basin

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