ASX 200 jumped out of the blocks rising 69 points to 7115. Big banks and big miners surging ahead in quiet trade. CBA close to $100. Melbourne masks up again. Dow futures up 70. The Big Bank Basket rose to $181.16 with MQG doing well up 2.5%, the big four up around 1%, with Insurers in the green led by QBE up 1.5% and IAG up 1.0%. Healthcare also doing well as CSL rose 0.9% on some broker research. FPH was the fly in the ointment falling 3.7% on a broker downgrade. Industrials firmed although tech slightly underwhelming, ALL up 1.1% TAH up 2.4% and REA doing well up 3.0% with GMG in the winners’ enclosure, up 1.3%.  Tech stocks firmed as APT rose 0.9% and XRO fell 0.7%. The All-Tech Index rose 1.2%. In resources, iron ore miners rose despite more falls on the Asian markets for iron ore in Asia, BHP rose 1.3% and RIO up 1.6% with base metal stocks taking their cue from the big ones. S32 rose 2.5% and OZL up 1.0%. Gold miners gave back some recent gains, RSG down 6.30% and EVN down 0.8%.  SXY up 4.3% appoints new CFO. CIM improving 1.1% makes an off-market takeover offer for Devine at 24c/share. TNE up 2.1% on its first-half results. Sees full-year profit between $94.3-98.6m. AMC down 1.4%, trading ex-dividend. In economic news, Consumer confidence increased 1.5% and the trade data continues to paint a relatively strong positive position with record $36bn of exports in April. 10-year bonds at 1.68%.  Asian markets higher with Japan up 1.9% and China up 0.6%.

Today’s Highlights

  • ASX 200 up 69 to 7115.
  • High 7115 Low 7053.  Closes on highs.
  • Big Bank Basket rises to $181.16.
  • QLD hit by power cuts. Melbourne masks up.
  • All Tech Index up 1,2%
  • Dow futures up 70.
  • Australian Gold slips to $2417.
  • 10-year yield falls to 1.68%
  • AUD firms to 77.54c
  • Bitcoin volatility sees rally continue up to US$38161.
  • Asian markets higher with Japan up 1.9% and China up 0.6%.


  • IMU +12.35% CEO and chair increase shareholding.
  • BET +5.07% media reports on TAH deal.
  • CAR +5.11% market warms to acquisition CARR +179.21%.
  • PWR +4.57% trading update.
  • PAR -9.05% questions received from US FDA.
  • NXL -5.49% class actions coming.
  • RBL -1.70% sell off continues.
  • CBR -15.86% not so many wheels going round and round after all.
  • BD1 -9.50% demonstrates feasibility of SUBB2M test.
  • LEX +17.00% Burns project continues to grow.
  • DOC +16.67% strengthens new key partnership.
  • ART +12.04% Private placement successful.
  • TLX +8.00% TRALA trial of TLX66 in SALA.
  • NCM -0.42% AZY presentation.
  • APA -0.63% operational update.
  • Z1P +1.83% 43m shares out of escrow June 1.
  • AWC +1.19% Chairman and CEO AGM addresses.
  • IPO of the Day: Pepper Money (PPM) -9.69% Assalted on open.
  • Speculative Stock of the Day: Variscan Mines (VAR) +81.08% major zinc-lead discoveries at Novales Project.
  • Biggest Winners: IMU, HUB, SKO, TLX, KGN, MGH and ASM.
  • Biggest Losers: PPM, PAR, RSG, ADO, NXL, SWM and MYX.


  • Technology One (TNE) +2.11% H1 Net Profit $28.2m vs year-ago $19.1m. Reports H1: NPAT consensus is $25.5m, Profit before Tax was $37.3m vs year-ago $25.9m. Revenue $144.7m vs year-ago $138.4m. H1 Dividend 3.82c/share (60% franked). Guidance FY: NPAT $94.3-98.6m. Cash flow generation will be 80% of NPAT in FY21. Total Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) will increase to over $500m in FY26.
  • Airtasker (ART) +12.04% Completes 20.7m-share institutional placement at 100 cents per share.
  • Senex Energy (SXY) +4.26% Appoints Simon Ellinor as CFO, effective August. Senex previously announced incumbent CFO Mark McCabe was being appointed Chief Commercial Officer.
  • CIMIC Group (CIM) +1.13% To make an off-market takeover offer for Devine (DVN) +95,63% at 24c/share. CIMIC Group Limited, through its subsidiaries, owns 59.11% of Devine Limited. Represents a total outlay of ~US$15.6m.


Merchandise Trade Data

• Exports of goods in April 2021 increased $13m (0%) to $35.952bn
• Imports of goods in April 2021 declined $1.896bn (-7%) to $25.811bn

In April 2021:

• coal increased $287m (8%)
• petroleum increased $256m (31%)
• medicinal and pharmaceutical products increased $135m (55%)
• metalliferous ores increased $96m (1%)

Key country movements:

• China increased $591m (4%).
• Japan increased $297m (7%)
• South Korea increased $118m (5%)
• India increased $23m (2%)
• Singapore declined $502m (-24%)

  • Consumer confidence increased 1.5% driven by the boost in confidence in financial conditions. The rest of the subindices registered mixed results.



  • Vaccine Tracker: 1.68bn doses in 176 countries. 28.9m a day. In US 287m doses, 1.78m doses a day.


  • HSBC will not offer Bitcoin Crypto service.
  • Chinese hit highs not seen since March.


  • DAX back online.
  • US warns against travel to Japan.
  • EU planning fresh sanctions against Belarus.
  • Vale CEO says company is ‘investible’ again.
  • Amazon close to agreeing to buy MGM studios. Worth US$9bn. The world seems not enough.

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