The Australian market fell hard as resources stocks were pulled down by weaker oil and iron ore prices.
Here’s the scoreboard:
- S&P ASX 200: 5,846.10 -73.84 (-1.25%)
- All Ordinaries: 5,816.30 -72.64 (-1.23%)
- AUD/USD: 0.7720 -0.0035 (-0.46%)
Wall Street closed in positive territory on Friday with the S&P 500 up 0.2%.
In Australia, more than twice as many shares were traded as last Monday. All ten sectors lost ground, led by energy stocks which collectively fell more than 4%.
Woodside Petroleum was down almost 3% to $34, Oil Search 5% to $7.16 and Santos 6.7% to $7.02. All the banks lost ground, led by Commonwealth Bank which was down 1.31% to $93.10. AMP was weaker by 2.3% to $6.36. Among the miners, BHP was down 2.11% to $30.10 and Rio Tinto 1.4% to $55.85.
The top stories Monday:
1. Discounted offer. PanAust shares surged on a discounted takeover offer by Guangdong Rising Assets Management in China. The state-owned resources company offer of $1.71 a share values the copper and gold miner at $1.11 billion. The shares closed up 40% to $1.715.
2. Big litigation. Slater and Gordon is positioning itself as the leading personal injury law group in the UK through a $1.22 billion acquisition. Its shares closed up 1.72% to $7.55.
3. Shares in Caltex fell hard after the US energy giant Chevron sold its half share in the Australian refinery company for about $4.7 billion. Caltex closed down more than 9% to $34.44.
4. Iron ore dreaming. Fortescue Metals could be under more pressure now that iron ore is tanking again. Its shares closed down 3.75% to $1.925.