By Oliver Gray
Investing.com - The S&P/ASX 200 added 29.5 points or 0.5% to 6,624 after the first 50 minutes of Thursday’s trade, partially recouping losses of 0.5% in the previous session as mining companies recovered from a heavy selloff.
ASX 200 Futures were pointing 0.2% lower.
Among stocks, the Materials sector led the gains, up 1.5% collectively as Rio Tinto Ltd (ASX: RIO ) added 2.5%, BHP Billiton Ltd (ASX: BHP ) lifted 1.1%, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (ASX: FMG ) gained 1.8% and Champion Iron Ltd (ASX: CIA ) added 1.1%.
Financials added 0.1% with Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG ) up 0.3%, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ASX: ANZ ) adding 0.8%, Commonwealth Bank Of Australia (ASX: CBA ) up 0.3%, National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB ) down 0.4% and Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC ) adding 0.3%.
In New Zealand, the NZX 50 fell 0.1% to 11,126.
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