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S&P/ASX 200 falls 1.11% after highest ever close of 7172.8 on Monday

Gold was trading at US$1,836.89 per ounce, near its three-month high as last week’s miss on the U.S. jobs growth numbers weighed on the dollar.

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US nonfarm payrolls data on Friday showed jobs growth unexpectedly slowed in April.

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) has slipped 1.11% to 7,093.5 with most sectors in negative territory ahead of tonight’s Federal Budget.

This follows a gain of 1.3% on Monday with the index reaching its highest ever close of 7172.8 points.

The price of iron ore has hit a record high for a second day, gaining 7.9% to US$229.55 per tonne.

Iron prices have almost tripled since April 2020, when it was trading at ~US$80.

A2 Milk shares retreat

A2 Milk (ASX:A2M) has fell 5.5%, slipping for a fifth consecutive day and after revising its FY21 outlook for a fourth time since September 2020 yesterday.

The border closures, particularly with China, have significantly impacted A2 Milk’s Daigou channel business.

National Australia Bank (ASX:NAB) will proceed with the acquisition of digital bank 86 400 following Federal Court approval.

The Big Four bank announced its intention to make the purchase earlier this year to help accelerate the growth of its digital bank, UBank.

Top gainers

Today’s top gainers on the ASX include Arafura Resources Limited (ASX:ARU) (+11.11%), Aurumin Ltd (ASX:AUN) (+8.00%), Black Dragon Gold Corp (CDI) (ASX:BDG) (+11.11%), Kneomedia Ltd (ASX:KNM) (+11.11%), Suda Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:SUD) (+8.33%) and Tietto Minerals Ltd (ASX:TIE) (+6.90%).

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