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S&P/ASX 200 jumps to a new 11-month high as major miners surge

Brent crude oil price gained 0.2% to US$63.41 a barrel after rising to its highest since January 2020 in the previous session.

Alkane Resources Ltd - S&P/ASX 200 jumps to a new 11-month high as major miners surge
Spot gold price edged up 0.1% to US$1,820.71 per ounce

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) hit a fresh 11-month high of 6,913 at open and was last trading 0.36% higher at 6893 points by 1.45 pm.

The iron ore giants were strong, with BHP Group (ASX:BHP) reporting stellar results.

BHP’s share price rose 2.5% after paying a record interim dividend of US$1.01 per share, a 55% lift on its interim dividend for FY20.

This follows a double-digit rise in underlying earnings for the mega miner after its average realised iron ore price increased 33% compared to the same time last year.

Buy-now-pay-later provider ZipCo (ASX:Z1P) is one of the biggest movers on the ASX 200 with a gain of 6% and is up ~25% so far this week and ~165% higher year-to-date.

Top gainers

Today’s top gainers on the ASX include Tyranna Resources Ltd (ASX:TYX) (+14.29%), Cirralto Ltd (ASX:CRO) (+28.36%), CardieX Ltd (ASX:CDX) (+16.22%) and Xtek Ltd (ASX:XTE) (+10.17%).

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Blackstone Minerals continues to strike massive sulphide vein mineralisation at King Snake in Vietnam

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Sipa Resources doubles Murchison Gold Project with acquisition of Garden Gully from Miramar Resources

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