* Crown, NAB fall on probe for non-compliance breaches
* Miners rise 1.8% on strong commodity prices
* Hansen hits record high on $1 bln buy-out proposal
June 7 (Reuters) - Australian shares were unchanged on
Monday as gains among miners were offset by a fall in major
companies following a slew of investigations by the country's
financial crime regulator.
AUSTRAC launched separate probes into companies such as
National Australia Bank, Crown Resorts, Star
Entertainment Group and New Zealand-based SkyCity
Entertainment for suspected breaches of anti-money
The Australian companies were among the biggest losers on
the benchmark index, losing between 1.3% and 3.8%. ASX-listed
shares of SkyCity topped the losses, shedding as much as 9.4% to
be on track for its worst session in more than a year.
The S&P/ASX 200 index was down 0.02% at 7,294.8,
pulling back from record highs it scaled earlier in the session.
In markets overseas, Japan's Nikkei gained 0.83% and S&P
500 E-minis futures slipped 0.02%.
The Australian mining subindex rallied 1.6%, with
gains dominated by gold stocks. De Grey Mining rose
3.83%, followed by Silver Lake Resources, up 3.18%.
Gold stocks tracked a rebound in bullion prices in the
previous session after U.S. nonfarm payrolls did not rise as
much as expected.
Technology stocks rose 0.64%, led by Nuix,
up 3.09%, and followed by Afterpay, gaining 2.44%.
Financial stocks were the biggest percentage losers
on the benchmark, down as much as 1%. NAB's losses weighed on
the subindex. The other top banks were also down between 0.7%
Among other stocks, Hansen Technologies hit record
highs on receiving a $1-billion buyout pitch from private equity
firm BGH Capital.
Meanwhile, Victoria state on Monday reported its biggest
rise in new local COVID-19 cases in a week.
Markets in New Zealand were closed for a holiday.
(Reporting by Savyata Mishra in Bengaluru; editing by