ASX up as health, energy shares charge

2019-04-08 下午2.53.06

Australian shares have climbed higher, led by the healthcare and energy sectors.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was up 33.1 points, or 0.54 per cent, to 6,214.4 points at 1200 AEST on Monday, while the broader All Ordinaries was up 33.1 points, or 0.53 per cent, to 6,303.7.

The healthcare sector recorded the largest gains, advancing 1.45 per cent.

Pharma giant CSL was up 1.65 per cent to $200.125 while ResMed was up 1.64 per cent to $14.25 and Cochlear added one per cent at $171.23.

Energy shares had the second largest rise following a 1.5 per cent increase in oil prices at the end of last week.

Santos, Woodside Petroleum, Oil Search, Origin Energy and Beach Energy were each up between 1.25 per cent and 1.87 per cent.

The big miners also gained, with BHP up 1.35 per cent to $39.75, Rio Tinto up 1.01 per cent to $100.92, and Fortescue Metals up 2.44 per cent to $7.97.

Only two sectors of the market – financials and telecommunications – moved in the opposite direction, falling 0.34 per cent and 0.17 per cent respectively.

The big four banks were all lower, with ANZ down 0.71 per cent to $25.765, Commonwealth down 0.24 per cent to $70.72, NAB down 0.81 per cent to $24.61, and Westpac down 0.50 per cent to $25.92.

Flight Centre was up 1.23 per cent to $43.73 after announcing it had bought a 25 per cent stake in US corporate-focused platform The Upside Travel Company.

Lynas was down 1.90 per cent to $2.07 despite the rare earths miner assuring shareholders its Japanese lenders had affirmed their support for the company following the announcement of new Malaysian environmental regulations.

The Aussie dollar is buying 70.97 US cents, from 71.25 US cents on Friday.

By AAP

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