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Australian shares rise on resources boost; NZ's Fonterra jumps over 2%

09/08/2022 | 09:19pm EST

Sept 9 (Reuters) - Australian shares rose on Friday as higher commodity prices lifted the resources sector, although there was caution among some investors on worries about slowing global economic growth.

The S&P/ASX 200 index gained about 0.4% to 6,876.5 points by 0100 GMT. The benchmark ended 1.8% higher on Thursday.

Investors have been concerned that aggressive rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, to tame surging inflation, could tip the U.S. and other major economies into a recession.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell said late on Thursday that the central bank will remain committed in bringing down inflation without the "very high social costs" involved previously.

Looking ahead, market participants await the U.S. consumer price data next week for further cues on the Fed's rate hike path.

Back in Australia, the mining sub-index led the gains, rising as much as 2.1%, as iron ore prices rebounded in China.

Sector majors Rio Tinto, BHP Group and Fortescue Metals added between 1% and 3.4%.

Gold stocks jumped about 1.5%, with index heavyweights Northern Star Resources and Newcrest Mining climbing 1% and 0.6%, respectively.

The financial sub-index rose 1.7%, and the "Big Four" banks gained 0.9%-1.1%. However, the index was on track for its fourth consecutive weekly loss.

Energy stocks, however, shed about 0.5%, with Woodside Energy and Santos slipping around 0.1% and 1.1%, respectively.

New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index fell 0.4% to 11,637.7 points.

Dairy firm Fonterra firmed as much as 2.3% after hiking its FY2023 earnings guidance due to robust demand for its milk products. (Reporting by Archishma Iyer in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)


ę Reuters 2022
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (AUD/USD) 0.22% 0.68185 Delayed Quote.-7.95%
BHP GROUP LIMITED 2.11% 46.48 Delayed Quote.38.72%
BRITISH POUND / US DOLLAR (GBP/USD) 1.11% 1.22246 Delayed Quote.-11.71%
CANADIAN DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (CAD/USD) -0.13% 0.74454 Delayed Quote.-6.96%
EURO / US DOLLAR (EUR/USD) 0.45% 1.04813 Delayed Quote.-9.20%
FONTERRA CO-OPERATIVE GROUP LIMITED 0.78% 2.59 End-of-day quote.-12.79%
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED 2.99% 19.96 Delayed Quote.0.89%
INDIAN RUPEE / US DOLLAR (INR/USD) 0.16% 0.012312 Delayed Quote.-8.77%
NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (NZD/USD) 0.93% 0.63762 Delayed Quote.-9.37%
NEWCREST MINING LIMITED 4.29% 20.66 Delayed Quote.-15.60%
NORTHERN STAR RESOURCES LIMITED 3.02% 10.92 Delayed Quote.12.65%
RIO TINTO PLC -0.21% 5583 Delayed Quote.14.17%
S&P/ASX 200 0.96% 7354.4 Real-time Quote.0.00%
SANTOS LIMITED 0.41% 7.43 Delayed Quote.17.27%
WOODSIDE ENERGY GROUP LTD -1.72% 36.65 Delayed Quote.70.04%
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