Log in
E-mail
Password
Show password
Remember
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
New member
Sign up for FREE
New customer
Discover our services
Settings
Settings
Dynamic quotes 
OFFON
News: Latest News
Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesBusiness LeadersFinance Pro.CalendarSectors 
All NewsEconomyCurrencies & ForexEconomic EventsCryptocurrenciesCybersecurityPress Releases

Australia shares extend losses as Omicron concerns mount; Afterpay tumbles

12/01/2021 | 07:43pm EST

Dec 2 (Reuters) - Australian shares fell at open on Thursday, as concerns over the new Omicron coronavirus variant kept investors jittery, while Afterpay fell over 5% after postponing meeting to vote on its $29 billion deal with Jack Dorsey-led Square Inc.

The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.54% to 7,197.1 by 2354 GMT, after ending 0.28% lower on Wednesday.

The losses come a day after the country reported that its third quarter GDP fall was not as bad as anticipated, when its major cities were under lockdown.

Miners were among the top losers on the benchmark, dropping as much as 2%.

Heavyweights BHP Group, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group slumped between 0.8% and 1.3%.

Tech stocks fell as much as 3.5%, dragged lower by Afterpay dropping to its lowest since July after delaying its shareholder meeting to vote on its acquisition by Square Inc, pending regulatory approval from the Spanish central bank.

Openpay, which is not a part of the main index, however advanced as much as 8.3% after signing a partnership with American Express to let AmEx's card holders to fund purchases with its buy now, pay later (BNPL) service.

In one of the country's biggest deals this year, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries soared as much as 16.4% to a more than three-year high, after it received a buyout proposal from supermarket chain Woolworths for $613 million, outbidding competitor Wesfarmers.

Woolworths and Wesfarmers lost 0.7% and 0.3%, respectively on the news.

New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index fell 0.48% by 2354 GMT.

(Reporting by Harshita Swaminathan; Editing by Rashmi Aich)


ę Reuters 2021
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AFTERPAY LIMITED -2.18% 66.47 End-of-day quote.-19.93%
AUSTRALIAN PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES LIMITED 0.00% 1.52 Delayed Quote.-12.14%
BHP GROUP 3.11% 48.01 Delayed Quote.12.19%
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED 4.65% 21.39 Delayed Quote.6.40%
WESFARMERS LIMITED -0.57% 54.3 Delayed Quote.-7.91%
WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED -0.90% 35.08 Delayed Quote.-6.87%
Latest news "Economy & Forex"
09:09aWall Street set to open higher after upbeat earnings
RE
09:08aFTSE Edges Lower, British Land Shares Have Further to Go, Peel Hunt Says
DJ
09:07aFrench parliament passes motion condemning China 'genocide' against Uyghurs
RE
09:01aFrance and Japan face 'tougher' Indo-Pacific security situation, minister says
RE
09:00aLuminar to partner with mercedes-benz to develop highly automated driving tech for passenger cars
RE
08:59aU.S. Jobless Claims Up 55K to 286K in Jan. 15 Week -- Update
DJ
08:55aMicrosoft-Activision deal gives merger speculators a new darling
RE
08:51aUK government accused of 'blackmail' to keep scandal-plagued Johnson in power
RE
08:48aU.S. Jobless Claims Up 55K to 286K in Jan. 15 Week
DJ
08:47aEthiopian delays inflation data for over two weeks
RE
Latest news "Economy & Forex"