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Tuesday, March 9, 2021
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Australian stock market follows Wall Street lower

Australian stock market

The S&P/ASX 200 Index is dropping 0.89 percent to 6,778.40 and the All Ordinaries Index is down 0.85 percent to 7,050.60

The Australian stock market is falling after the weak cues from Wall Street. Worries over higher inflation affecting valuations also weighed on the market.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index is dropping 60.80 points or 0.89 percent to 6,778.40 and the broader All Ordinaries Index is down 60.20 points or 0.85 percent to 7,050.60. In the tech space, Appen is declining nearly 2 percent, Nanosonics is lower nearly 4 percent, Afterpay is down by more than 7 percent and WiseTech Global is shedding more than 3 percent.

Gold miners are higher as gold prices are stronger, with Evolution Mining gaining more than 1 percent and Newcrest Mining adding more than 4 percent.

Meanwhile, the major miners are considerably higher, with BHP Group up more than 3 percent, Fortescue Metals advancing 0.4 percent and Rio Tinto higher nearly 2 percent.

Oil stocks are also higher, with Oil Search advancing more than 6 percent, while Woodside Petroleum and Santos are adding nearly 6 percent each.

Among the big four banks, ANZ Banking and National Australia Bank are adding more than 1 percent, while Commonwealth Bank and Westpac are advancing nearly 2 percent.

Shares of supermarket retailer Woolworths are higher more than a percent after it reported a 28 percent jump in net profit after tax for the first half of 2021 to A$1.14 billion from last year. Total revenue grew more than 10 per cent to $38.85 billion. It also declared a 15.2 percent higher interim dividend of 53 cents per share.

In economic news, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said that the total value of construction work done in Australia was unexpectedly down a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent on quarter in Q4 2020, at A$51.171 billion. That missed expectations for a 1.0 percent growth after the 2.6 percent drop in the previous quarter.

Moreover, the seasonally adjusted Wage Price Index (WPI) was higher 0.6 per cent in Q4 2020 and maintained the historically low annual growth rate of 1.4 per cent for a second quarter compared with market forecasts of 1.1 percent annually, according to figures released by the ABS. The latest reading remained the weakest growth on record.

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