S&P/ASX 200 kicks off new quarter with gains as gold price hits highest level in 8 years

Total returns on Australian residential property rose by 11.7% in the year to June with houses up by 11.4% on a year earlier and units up by 12.3%.

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Australia’s June quarter iron ore shipments were about 228 million tonnes, up 5% year on year

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) is up 0.67% to 5,938 points at 2.26 pm backed by a surge in gold mining shares after spot gold hit its highest level in nearly 8 years at $US1,785.46 per ounce amid ongoing coronavirus concerns.

Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX:NST) is up 6.3% while Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX:EVN) surged 5.2%.

Best quarter since September 2009

June ended up being a solid month and quarter for Australian shares.

The ASX 200 rose by about 2.5% in June and about 16% per cent over the June quarter, making it the market’s best quarterly performance since September 2009.

COVID-19 update

White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that the U.S. is “not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic and daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues at its current pace.

The US is now reporting nearly 40,000 new coronavirus cases every day — almost double from about 22,800 in mid-May — driven largely by outbreaks in several states across the South and West.

Dr. Fauci said about 50% of all new cases are coming from four states: Florida, California, Texas and Arizona.

Lockdown in Victoria

73 Victorians tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday as the state considers locking down more than just 10 postcodes.

Premier Daniel Andrews has issued a stark warning to Victorians on 3AW this morning: "If we don't get control of this really quickly we will end up with … a whole state shutdown.

"This is not over. This is so wildly infectious that even minor breaches of the rules can lead to this random movement of the virus around the community."

Top gainers

Top gainers on the ASX today include Titanium Sands Ltd (ASX:TSL) (+28.57%), Great Southern Mining Ltd (ASX:GSN) (+16.00%), Tietto Minerals Ltd (ASX:TIE) (+12.24%), Mako Gold Ltd (ASX:MKG) (+14.29%), Linius Technologies Ltd (ASX:LNU) (+16.67%) and Lake Resources N.L. (ASX:LKE) (+11.43%).

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Canyon Resources robust PFS demonstrates Minim Martap Bauxite Project potential

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Technology Metals 32% lift in indicated vanadium resource provides scope to boost Gabanintha mine life

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Venus Metals and partner deliver high-grade gold recoveries in oxide mineralisation at Youanmi Gold Project

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Meteoric Resources completes acquisition of high-grade WA gold project

Meteoric Resources NL (ASX:MEI) (FRA:RNF) has added to its gold asset inventory after completing the acquisition of the high-grade Palm Springs project in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The company has already submitted a Program of Works (POW) for the advanced exploration play 30 kilometres southeast of Halls Creek and, pending approvals, expects to begin drilling in August.

Northern Minerals set to restart operations at heavy rare earths pilot plant following capital raise

Northern Minerals Ltd (ASX:NTU) has decided to partially restart operations at its Browns Range Heavy Rare Earths Pilot Plant Project and recommence exploration across its tenements in the East Kimberley region of WA. The decision follows the lifting of Commonwealth biosecurity restrictions applied to the Kimberley region as part of COVID-19 control measures, which was the catalyst for NTU placing the project on care-and-maintenance at the end of March 2020.

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