S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) lost 20 points in the first house but has regained 15 points to be slightly down on the day.
Lynas mines rare earths from its Australia-based mine and traded as high as 11.9% this morning to $2.53 before pulling back to $2.40 around lunch.
Both the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) and the Nasdaq Composite (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) finished higher last night as global investor sentiment improved.
The improvement was the result of the US temporarily easing trade restrictions on Huawei, which has been cause for concern recently given the US and China are negotiating on trade.
More positive signs for Australian housing market
The Coalition’s shock win on the weekend has been the start of a chain of events in equity markets that point to confidence in a recovery in housing.
Adelaide Brighton hit a high of $4.22 today, which is 23% higher than its low of $3.43 reached last week.
[VIDEO] Mid-Session: The Australian sharemarket is down slightly at lunch while remaining near the 11.5 year high hit on Tuesday. Fortescue Metals $FMG is a weight as it trades ex-dividend. https://t.co/nD9ZySyR0U #ausbiz— CommSec (@CommSec) May 22, 2019