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Australian Shares Finish 1.1% Higher as Energy and Financials Lift

Stock Markets Jun 21, 2022 16:37
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By Oliver Gray 

Investing.com - The S&P/ASX 200 added 90.40 points or 1.41% to 6,523.80 during Tuesday’s deals, lifting from 16-month lows and snapping seven sessions of losses, as gains in energy and financial stocks buoyed investor sentiment.

Energy companies lifted 2.8% collectively, with Woodside Energy Ltd (ASX:WDS) adding 3.3%, Santos Ltd (ASX:STO) up 1.2%, Beach Energy Ltd (ASX:BPT) lifting 4.5% and Viva Energy Group Ltd (ASX:VEA) up 2.9%.

Financials finished 2.7% higher, with Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX:MQG) up 1.6%, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ASX:ANZ) lifting 2.6%, Commonwealth Bank Of Australia (ASX:CBA) adding 2.4%, National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX:NAB) up 3.8% and Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC) up 2.7%.

Consumer Staples added 2% as Woolworths Ltd (ASX:WOW) gained 2.6%, Graincorp Ltd (ASX:GNC) added 5%, Coles Group Ltd (ASX:COL) lifted 2.3% and Elders Ltd (ASX:ELD) added 3.2%.

Materials gained 1.6% with Rio Tinto Ltd (ASX:RIO) up 2.3%, BHP Billiton Ltd (ASX:BHP) adding 1.7%. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (ASX:FMG) up 3.5%, Champion Iron Ltd (ASX:CIA) gaining 0.2% and Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX:PLS) increasing 2.9%. However Lake Resources NL (ASX:LKE) tanked 28.4% after the shock exit of its CEO and managing director, Steve Promnitz.

Queensland coal stocks were also hammered on news that miners will be hit with extra royalties. Bowen Coking Coal Ltd (ASX:BCB) plunged 39.1%, Stanmore Resources Limited (ASX:SMR) fell 9.9% and Coronado Global Resources Inc (ASX:CRN) dropped 7%.

In policy news, Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe warned consumers of increasing inflation pressures, but also noted that he couldn't see a sharp slowdown in economic activity occurring in coming years.

On the bond markets, Australia 10-Year rates were at 4.064%.

In New Zealand, the NZX 50 added 1.1% to 10,701.6.

Australian Shares Finish 1.1% Higher as Energy and Financials Lift
 

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