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S&P/ASX 200 trades lower after Wall Street retreats from record highs

Spot gold price was little changed at US$1,845.19 per ounce today after touching its lowest since Dec. 2 in the previous session.

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Brent crude oil futures slipped 0.2% to US$55.57 a barrel.

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) has retreated from its early gains to trade 0.025% lower at 6695.5 points by about 1.51 pm.

This follows losses overnight on Wall Street as investors were concerned about a potential overvaluation of US stocks, which climbed to fresh all-time highs at the end of last week.

Locally, the tech sector was a major drag on the market falling 1.14%.

Tyro Payments (ASX:TYR) fell 8.89% after dropping 4% yesterday following a terminal outage late last week. Afterpay (ASX:APT) declined 1.64%.

COVID-19 update

New South Wales recorded five new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

11 cases were also recorded in returned travellers, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 4,845.

Covid-19 infections have surpassed 90 million confirmed cases around the world as of Sunday afternoon

The US, now with more than 22.2 million infections, leads the world with the highest number of infections recorded since the pandemic began.

Top gainers

Today’s top gainers on the ASX include YPB Group Ltd (ASX:YPB) (+50.00%), Australian Strategic Mtrls (Hldngs) Ltd (ASX:ASM) (+16.28%), Elementos Limited (ASX:ELT) (+12.50%), Argonaut Resources NL (ASX:ARE) (+33.33%), Emperor Energy Ltd (ASX:EMP) (+16.67%), Engage:BDR Ltd (ASX:EN1) (+20.00%) and Rimfire Pacific Mining N L (ASX:RIM) (+12.50%).

Proactive news headlines:

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Westar Resources reveals high-priority geophysical targets at Coolaloo Gold Project

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Twenty Seven Co identifies largest and highest magnitude gold soil anomalies to date at Rover

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Red River Resources completes transformative quarter with Hillgrove gold production start and Thalanga continued strong output

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YPB Group secures A$600,000 contract with China’s Zhongneng CIC International for T2 Tracer-Scanner

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Moho Resources' additional high-grade gold assays extend mineralisation at East Sampson Dam

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Creso Pharma banks A$320,000 after delivering second shipment of cannaQIX® to Pharma Dynamics in South Africa

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Piedmont Lithium positions itself as key player in US lithium supply chain

Piedmont Lithium Ltd (ASX:PLL) (NASDAQ:PLL) (OTCMKTS:PDDTF) is progressing towards construction of its planned 22,700 tonnes per annum lithium hydroxide chemical plant at Kings Mountain in North Carolina, USA.

Legend Mining’s assay results confirm best hole to date at Mawson nickel-copper-cobalt discovery

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Cipherpoint halted with capital raising and potential acquisition news pending

Cipherpoint Ltd (ASX:CPT) has been granted a trading halt by the ASX with an announcement pending in regard to a capital raising and a potential acquisition.

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