S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) has slipped for a second successive session as investors continue to gauge the spread of the COVID cluster in Sydney.
The index was trading 0.22% lower at 7,282 points by about 1 pm as financials, energy and healthcare stocks continued to weigh while materials and IT were in the green.
The Sydney cluster grew by another 11 with five new cases in the last 24 hours to 8 pm and six new cases identified after the official cut-off, which will be included in tomorrow’s numbers.
Afterpay (ASX:APT) gained 6.9% and was trading at its highest in four months after launching a digital card strategy that opens itself to a range of US retail giants.
Household wealth jumps
New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows household wealth in Australia jumped by 4.3% or $518 billion, to a record $12,664.5 billion in the March quarter.
On a per-capita basis, each Australian now has $492,055 in wealth.
Today’s top gainers on the ASX include Alicanto Minerals Ltd (ASX:AQI) (+13.04%), Ioneer Ltd (ASX:INR) (+9.09%), Meteoric Resources NL (ASX:MEI) (+12.50%), Montem Resources Corp (ASX:MR1) (+24.14%), Suda Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:SUD) (+10.00%), Valor Resources Ltd (ASX:VAL) (+11.11%) and Walkabout Resources Ltd (ASX:WKT) (+7.69%).
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Meteoric Resources intersects shallow 200-metre thick zone of disseminated sulphides at Juruena in Brazil, shares up
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