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Australia shares rise as gold, iron ore miners gain

  • Buy-now-pay-later giant Afterpay Ltd was down 1.6%, while aerial imagery tech firm Nearmap Ltd fell 3.2%.
Published May 18, 2021

Australian shares rose for a third straight session on Tuesday, as the resource heavy index benefited from higher iron ore and gold prices, though subdued tech stocks capped further gains.

The S&P/ASX 200 benchmark index rose 0.6% to 7,063.8 by 0037 GMT, after closing 0.1% higher on Monday.

The mining subindex, the largest constituent of the benchmark, was among top gainers, firming up to 2% and on track for its biggest intraday percentage change in a week as iron ore prices rose on a continuing surge in steel output.

Global miners Rio Tinto Ltd rose 1.6%, while peer BHP Ltd gained as much as 2%.

Gold stocks climbed more than 3% as bullion prices scaled a more than three-month high, as US Treasury yields remained subdued.

Sector heavyweight Newcrest Mining Ltd gained as much as 3.3% to hit a six-month high, while explorer Bellevue Gold Ltd rose up to 3.9%.

Energy stocks rose after an overnight rise in oil prices, with Santos Ltd hitting a 10-week high.

Blue-chip financial stocks also saw gains with all the "Big four" banks trading in the positive territory.

A weak lead from Wall Street hurt domestic technology stocks , and weighed on overall sentiment.

Buy-now-pay-later giant Afterpay Ltd was down 1.6%, while aerial imagery tech firm Nearmap Ltd fell 3.2%.

James Hardie Industries slumped up to 6.2%, as its higher forecast for fiscal 2022 missed brokerage Citi's estimates.

Shares of the Dublin-based company were on track for their worst session since Nov. 10.

New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index rose 0.1% to 12,420.96, with Kathmandu Holdings Ltd and Meridian Energy Ltd leading gains.

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