By Oliver Gray
In coronavirus news, Victoria reported a record 1438 locally acquired cases on Thursday. New South Wales tallied 941 cases, as health authorities extended lockdown orders for several areas in regional NSW until 11 October. Meantime, Queensland has reintroduced restrictions for six local government areas from 4pm today after reporting 6 locally acquired cases.
Among stocks, mining heavyweights rebounded, with Rio Tinto Ltd (ASX: RIO ) up 1.58%, BHP Billiton Ltd (ASX: BHP ) lifting 0.74% Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (ASX: FMG ) up 0.54%. Commonwealth Bank Of Australia (ASX: CBA ) added 1.26%, while Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG ) gained 1.22%. Meantime, buy now, pay later operator Zip Co Ltd (ASX: Z1P ) lifted 2.58% after announcing an agreement with technology giant Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) to integrate its payment technology into Microsoft Edge to facilitate online shopping, with expectations of a launch as soon as November.
ASX 200 Futures were 54.5 points or 0.76% higher.
In New Zealand, the NZX 50 added 115.89 points or 0.88% to 13237.58.
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