Australian Shares up 0.5% as Materials and Tech Gain

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Australian Shares up 0.5% as Materials and Tech Gain

By Oliver Gray - The S&P/ASX 200 added 40.20 points or 0.54% to 7,519.20 during Thursday’s morning deals, extending gains of 0.3% in the previous session as investors tracked a positive session on Wall Street overnight

ASX 200 Futures were pointing 0.13% higher.

Among stocks, Materials added 1.2% collectively, with Rio Tinto Ltd (ASX: RIO ) up 1%, BHP Billiton Ltd (ASX: BHP ) adding 1.3%, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (ASX: FMG ) up 1.1% and Allkem Ltd (ASX: AKE ) adding 7.2% after the company announced plans to triple lithium production by 2026.

Information Technology lifted 0.8% as Block Inc (ASX: SQ2 ) added 1.2, Megaport Ltd (ASX: MP1 ) lifted 2.1%, Novonix Ltd (ASX: NVX ) gained 3.1% and Brainchip Holdings Ltd (ASX: BRN ) lifted 3.9%.

Financials were just 0.1% higher as Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG ) gained 0.1%, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ASX: ANZ ) lifted 0.5% and Commonwealth Bank Of Australia (ASX: CBA ) gained 0.2%. Meantime, Bank Of Queensland Ltd. (ASX: BOQ ) shed 4.1% after reporting a sharp increase in first-half profit on Thursday.

Uniti Group (ASX: UWL ) also gained 2.8% after agreeing to a $2.7 billion takeover offer by a unit of Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management and fund manager Morrison & Co.

Coming up in the session, investors will be looking toward fresh employment data.

On the bond markets, Australia 10-Year rates were at 3.04% while United States 10-Year yields were at 2.709%.

In New Zealand, the NZX 50 added 0.2% to 11,898.

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