On Wednesday, Australia stocks headed south after the close, as losses in the Energy, Utilities as well as Telecoms Services sectors brought shares down.
The S&P/ASX 200 edged down 0.21% at the close in Australia.
The best performers of the trading session on the S&P/ASX 200 included Computershare Ltd that surged 8.83%, trading at 9.740. Meanwhile, Cochlear Ltd gained 6.46%, being worth 133.080. Additionally, Mesoblast Ltd surged 5.79%, trading at 1.280.
As for the worst performers of the trading session, we should point out to Monadelphous Group Ltd, which managed to sink 7.43%, trading at 10.720. Whitehaven Coal Ltd slumped 6.13%, hitting 1.760, while Fairfax Media Ltd edged down 4.27%, being worth 0.953.
Dropping stocks outnumbered soaring ones on the Australia Stock Exchange by 550 to 521, while 309 finished intact.
Stocks in Cochlear Ltd headed north to all time peaks, soaring 6.46% or 8.080, hitting 133.080.
The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, measuring the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, dropped 1.01% to 12.707 a fresh 52-week minimum.
FTSE 100 pulls back from 2016 peaks
British stocks sagged, taking a breather after hitting their highest outcome this year, with traders waiting for further signals in lackluster trading.
The FTSE 100 tumbled 0.3%, being worth 6,830.52, with all sectors heading south. On Tuesday, the index soared 0.6% at 6,851.30, boasting the best close since June 2015 and a fourth straight win, as FactSet data states.
Smith & Nephew PLC stocks traded at the bottom of the benchmark, losing up to 1.8% after the medical equipment maker’s rating got downgraded to equal weight from overweight at Barclays.
However, stocks of broadcaster ITV PLC ascended by 0.3% after Entertainment One Ltd. , the Canadian film as well as and television producer behind the Peppa Pig cartoon franchise, dared to reject ITV’s $1.3 billion buyout offer.
Meanwhile, crude major Royal Dutch Shell PLC sagged 0.9%, and BP PLC tumbled 0.5% as crude prices demonstrated mixed outcomes. On Tuesday, they rebounded from a two-week peak as traders weighed worries regarding global oversupply against the prospects for an industry agreement to curb crude production.
On Friday, Australian stocks edged up after the close today, as revenues in gold, healthcare as well as consumer discretionary sectors brought stocks higher.
At the close in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 earned 0.07%, hitting a fresh 6-months peak.
The best performers of the trading session on the S&P/ASX 200 include Resmed Inc with its 7.55% rise, trading at 9.260. Meanwhile, Bega Cheese Ltd gained 6.90%, being worth 6.200, while Austal Ltd soared 5.94%, trading at 1.160.
As for the worst performers of the trading session, we should mention Beach Energy Ltd, that sank 5.13%, trading at 0.555, Aconex Ltd with its 4.94% dip, trading at 7.985 as well as Fortescue Metals Group Ltd, which sagged 4.11%, being worth 4.430.
Rising shares outnumbered decreasing ones on the Australia Stock Exchange by 586 to 501, while 315 ended intact.
Stocks in Resmed Inc edged up to 52-week peaks, soaring 7.55% at 9.260.
The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, gauging the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, slumped 0.39%, hitting 14.179 a fresh 3-months minimum.
FTSE 100 slumps, but Barclays earns on Brexit reassurance
British shares flipped in and out of losses, with traders sifting through corporate earning posts as they obtained word of a tumble in British consumer confidence.
The FTSE 100 earned 0.2%, being worth 6,733.16, thus setting the blue-chip index on track for a 3.5% monthly revenue, marking a second straight monthly soar.
For the week, the benchmark braced for a 0.1% soar, which would extend its weekly winning streak into a sixth week.
As for movers, stocks of Barclays PLC managed to top the FTSE 100 by soaring 4.2%. Meanwhile, the banking heavyweight reassured market participants regarding its course of business in the wake of Great Britain’s Brexit referendum, including an initiative to close non-core assets as soon as possible.
Financial analysts are assured that it’s the right plan for Barclays, and they don’t see any reasons to adjust this stuff in light of the vote by Great Britain the previous month to leave the EU.