S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) weakened from a strong start this morning, with the index trading down 0.011% to 7,018.8 by about 1 pm.
This followed strong gains on Wall Street overnight, where indices snapped a three-day losing streak.
Locally, energy is the worst-performing sector, down 2.09%, while materials slipped about 1.4%.
Retail spending rises
Retail spending gained 1.1% in April to $31 billion, exceeding the market’s expectations, according to the seasonally adjusted preliminary retail trade figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Notably, retail turnover rose 25.1% compared to April 2020. The sharp rise in annual turnover is partly due to the very low levels of turnover recorded in April 2020.
Today’s top gainers on the ASX include 9 Spokes International Ltd (ASX:9SP) (+12.50%), Great Boulder Resources Ltd (ASX:GBR) (+10.87%), Kneomedia Ltd (ASX:KNM) (+14.29%), Perpetual Resources Ltd (ASX:PEC) (+20.00%), Valor Resources Ltd (ASX:VAL) (+14.29%) and Golden State Mining Ltd (ASX:GSM) (+8.00%).
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Tietto Minerals hits 1-metre at 174 g/t gold within 3 metres at 58.61 g/t at AG South for inclusion in upcoming Abujar resource update
Tietto Minerals Ltd (ASX:TIE) has hit 3 metres at 58.61 g/t gold including 1-metre at 174.72 g/t at AG South within the Abujar-Gludehi (AG) deposit which is part of its 3.02-million-ounce Abujar Gold Project in Côte d’Ivoire.
Cervantes Corporation raises more than $3.36 million to advance exploration work
Cervantes Corporation Limited (ASX:CVS) has raised more than $3.36 million after completing the capital raisings announced on April 1.
Freehill Mining gets diamond drill spinning at El Dorado Copper-Gold Project in Chile
Freehill Mining Limited (ASX:FHS) has started a three-hole 1,500-metre diamond drill program at its 100%-owned El Dorado Project in Chile.