S&P/ASX 200 charges ahead as energy stocks, miners and financials gain

Bank of America said Brent crude prices are likely to average US$68 a barrel this year but could hit US$100 next year on pent-up demand and more private car usage.

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Brent crude futures for August gained 1.89% to settle at US$74.90 per barrel.

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) has surged 1.45% to 7,340 points by about 12.50 pm as global markets recouped some of the losses made in previous sessions.

The Australian market was pushed higher by energy stocks (+1.9%), miners (1.47%) and financials (1.92%).

Mergers and acquisitions

Washington H. Soul Pattinson (ASX:SOL) (WHSP) will acquire fellow investment house Milton Corporation (ASX:MLT) via a scheme of merger that would create a $10 billion group on the ASX.

WHSP said the merger would create a more diversified investment company focused on long-term market outperformance and dividend growth.

The second oldest company on the ASX, WHSP has paid a dividend every year for 118 years.

Buy now, pay later operator Openpay (ASX:OPY) will buy UK-based Payment Assist, which helps motorists pay for car maintenance and repairs in instalments.

The acquisition will cost Openpay $15.1 million in cash plus $6.1 million in scrip.

Worrying COVID-19 trend

New South Wales (NSW) has recorded a worrying trend in COVID-19 cases, with officials confirming 10 new infections since Monday.

NSW Health confirmed five locally acquired cases had been recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, with two of those announced yesterday morning.

There were also seven other infections recorded after the official reporting period, which will be included in Wednesday’s numbers.

Top gainers

Today’s top gainers on the ASX include Alicanto Minerals Ltd (ASX:AQI) (+14.29%), Perpetual Resources Ltd (ASX:PEC) (+13.64%), Rumble Resources Ltd (ASX:RTR) (+12.77%), SUDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:SUD) (+38.89%), TNT Mines Ltd (ASX:TIN) (+13.33%), Valor Resources Ltd (ASX:VAL) (+10.00%) and Lake Resources N.L. (ASX:LKE) (+8.57%).

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