S&P/ASX 200 gains 1.27% as banks and consumer stocks lift

Gold slumped over 2% to US$2,033.89 per ounce on Friday, snapping its record-breaking rally, after a decent US jobs report boosted the dollar.

Archer Materials Ltd - S&P/ASX 200 gains 1.27% as banks and consumer stocks lift
Talks between US lawmakers over another round of stimulus have stalled

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) has surged 1.27% to 6,081 by 1 pm with all sectors currently in green and the financials out-performing, up 2.36%.

National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX:NAB) and Australia and New Zealand Banking GrpLtd (ASX:ANZ) were each up by more than 2%, while Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC) lifted 2.25%.

Mesoblast was a star performer on the ASX 200 this morning, currently up 10%, followed by nearmap, up 5.6% per cent and News Corp (ASX:NWS), up 5.8%.

Qantas Airways Limited (ASX:QAN) investors stayed away from the company’s share purchase plan, picking up just $71 million of the $500 million in new stock on offer.

US unemployment benefits

US President Donald Trump has taken executive action to provide economic aid to millions of Americans hit by the pandemic, saying he was forced to do so after talks at Congress broke down.

Trump said the measures would provide up to US$400 per week in supplemental unemployment benefits to tens of millions of jobless Americans.

This is less than the US$600 people had been receiving until July 31, when the benefit expired.

COVID-19 update

The US COVID-19 tally reached 5 million cases and 162,441 deaths on Sunday morning - both totals by far the highest of any country in the world.

In Victoria, 19 have died of COVID-19 in the past day - making it the deadliest day of the pandemic so far. But the state recorded just 322 new cases - its lowest since July 24.

Top gainers

Today’s top gainers on the ASX include Emerald Clinics Ltd (ASX:EMD) (+72.09%), Jindalee Resources Limited (ASX:JRL) (17.39%), Cipherpoint Ltd (ASX:CPT) (+15.09%), Archtis Ltd (ASX:AR9) (+17.07%), Archer Materials Ltd (ASX:AXE) (+20.51%), FYI Resources Ltd (ASX:FYI) (+15.71%).

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Piedmont Lithium completes A$23.8 million capital raisings

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Archer Materials surges 33% on building quantum devices for qubit control

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Bryah Resources achieves 94% gold recovery in Windalah test work

Bryah Resources Ltd (ASX:BYH) achieved 94% gold recovery in test-work undertaken at Windalah gold prospect within the Bryah Basin Project near Meekatharra, Western Australia.

Platina Resources completes placement to new resource focused merchant bank Palisades Goldcorp

Platina Resources Ltd (ASX:PGM) has confirmed the allotment of 22.36 million shares to new Canadian resource focused merchant bank Palisades Goldcorp and another major shareholder, for total proceeds of A$894,400.

Canyon Resources maiden Minim Martap bauxite reserve supports 20-year mine life

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Corazon Mining raises A$1.69 million to advance Lynn Lake Nickel Sulphide Project

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Ora Banda Mining receives strong gold results from drilling at Riverina South

Ora Banda Mining Ltd (ASX:OBM) has received further strong high-grade results of up to 12 metres at 6.4 g/t from 56 metres in reverse circulation (RC) drilling at Riverina South deposit of the Davyhurst Project in Western Australia.

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