S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) was down as much as 1.8% within the opening hour of trade but has slightly recovered to a loss of 1.49% to 5967 points at 1.17 pm.
This follows a heavy fall overnight on Wall Street amid concerns over the latest increase in COVID-19 infections and its potential impact on the global economy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 3.4% to 26,519.95, posting its fourth straight negative session and its worst day since June 11.
Locally, declines have been broad-based with losses led by the IT, materials and energy sectors.
Heavyweight miner BHP Group (ASX:BHP) fell 2.27% while Rio Tinto (RIO) is 1.85% lower.
Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG) was an exception, rising 0.24% after reporting a record first-quarter iron ore shipment of 44.3 million tonnes, 5% higher compared to last year.
Today’s top gainers on the ASX include Archtis Ltd (ASX:AR9) (+8.33%), Emyria Ltd(ASX:EMD) (+8.45%)Hexagon Energy Materials Ltd (ASX:HXG) (+12.50%), Platina Resources Limited (ASX:PGM) (+9.30%), Strategic Elements Ltd (ASX:SOR) (+16.67%), Vrx Silica Ltd (ASX:VRX) (+17.65%) and Corazon Mining Ltd (ASX:CZN) (+33.33%).
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