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S&P/ASX 200 marks fourth straight day of meagre gains

Oil futures fell today after US crude stockpiles grew more than expected, adding to worries about oversupply.

Alkane Resources Ltd - S&P/ASX 200 marks fourth straight day of meagre gains
Brent crude was down 29 cents, or 0.7%, at US$42.34 a barrel

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) closed 11.3 points or 0.19% higher on Wednesday for its fourth straight session of gains - but the run has only added 29.2 points.

Materials, health and tech stocks improved while financials, energy and industrials underperformed.

Gold miners were among the big gainers following the price of the precious metal hitting 7-year highs.

Evolution Mining (ASX:EVN) and Northern Star (ASX:NST) saw some of the biggest moves, rising 6.6% and 4.9% respectively.

Skilled job vacancies in May rose as expected but it will be important to track trends in the job market over the next month before the expected decision on extending JobKeeper and JobSeeker arrangements.

At this stage an extension would appear warranted to ensure that rising economic momentum is not lost.

COVID-19 update

Leading US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told lawmakers on Tuesday that parts of the U.S. are beginning to see a “disturbing surge” in coronavirus infections.

He said that doctors are seeing “more and more” complications with COVID-19 in young people.

The comment came as more young people are ignoring social distancing measures and testing positive.

Top gainers

Top gainers on the ASX today include Brookside Energy Ltd (ASX:BRK) (+20.00%), Alkane Resources Limited (ASX:ALK) (+11.32%), Artemis Resources Ltd (ASX:ARV) (+14.75%), De Grey Mining Limited (ASX:DEG) (+24.63%), Emmerson Resources Limited (ASX:ERM) (+9.09%) and Great Boulder Resources Ltd (ASX:GBR) (+25.00%).

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Bellevue Gold at record high after tests return high recoveries, support underground re-entry

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TNT Mines exploration confirms visible mineralisation at East Canyon Uranium Project

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