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Australian shares end higher as Omicron fears ease; post third monthly loss

11/30/2021 | 01:30am EST

* Collins Foods top gainer on ASX200

* Miners lead gains on the local bourse

* NZX 50 rises 1.5%

Nov 30 (Reuters) - Australian shares closed higher on Tuesday as concerns about the Omicron coronavirus variant eased further, although the benchmark index posted a third straight monthly loss.

The S&P/ASX 200 index ended 0.22% higher at 7,256, after climbing 1% in early trade the biggest since early-October. For the month, the benchmark shed 0.9%.

Travel stocks rebounded after two days of heavy selling, as hopes that the new variant might be milder than initially feared boosted investor sentiment.

Airline operator Qantas Airways climbed 4.1% to mark its best day in over three weeks, while online travel websites Flight Centre Travel Group and Webjet jumped 6.7% and 6.2%, respectively.

"Investors have kept aside concerns over the impact of the new coronavirus variant on the economic recovery and are cautiously optimistic while waiting for more details on Omicron," said Kunal Sawhney, CEO of Kalkine Group said.

The country's economy also showed signs of strength, with Australia's current account surplus increasing A$1 billion in the September quarter to a record A$23.9 billion ($16.98 billion), thanks to iron ore and coal prices.

"Robust prices for exports of coal and other mineral fuels helped the nation observe a record surplus, however, the road ahead to economic revival seems bumpy as the new variant heightens concerns around global growth," said Sawhney.

Fast-food chain operator Collins Foods led gains on the local bourse, rising 13.8% to a record high after reporting upbeat first-half results.

Major miners rose 0.27% as Chinese iron ore futures extended their rally, with BHP Group jumping 2.1% to its highest in more than two months.

Lithium miner Orocobre scaled 9.7% to a record high after a production upgrade at its annual general meeting.

New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index rose 1.5% to finish at 12,718.9. ($1 = 1.4077 Australian dollars) (Reporting by Riya Sharma in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)


ę Reuters 2021
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
ALLKEM LIMITED -6.67% 10.35 Delayed Quote.6.63%
AMP LIMITED -4.12% 0.93 Delayed Quote.-3.96%
AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIC MATERIALS LTD -3.28% 8.55 Delayed Quote.-19.79%
BHP GROUP -4.81% 45.7 Delayed Quote.15.69%
COLLINS FOODS LIMITED -3.45% 11.47 Delayed Quote.-11.14%
CREDIT CORP GROUP LIMITED -2.53% 33.58 Delayed Quote.2.90%
FLIGHT CENTRE TRAVEL GROUP LIMITED -3.11% 16.81 Delayed Quote.-1.53%
QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED -2.98% 4.89 Delayed Quote.0.60%
WEBJET LIMITED -2.30% 5.09 Delayed Quote.0.77%
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