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Australia shares end lower as virus cluster hits risk appetite

05/31/2021 | 02:36am EDT

* Energy stocks mark worst day in over one week

* Nuix worst performer in the benchmark index

* Gold stocks gain on higher bullion prices

May 31 (Reuters) - Australian shares retreated on Monday after hitting a record high earlier in the session, as COVID-19 cases in the populous state of Victoria continued to swell while investors awaited signs of hawkishness in the central bank meeting due this week.

The S&P/ASX 200 index, which crossed the 7,200 mark for the first time ever, closed 0.3% lower at 7,161.6. The index secured an eighth straight monthly gain in May.

Victoria, the epicentre of Australia's latest coronavirus hotspot, reported 11 new cases of community transmission, taking the current cluster to 51. The state's Acting Premier James Merlino warned that the next few days will be "critical".

Energy stocks, which gained 2.2% over the previous week, were the worst performers on the benchmark. The sub-index closed 1.6% lower and marked its worst session in more than a week.

The Australian central bank is expected to hold rates on Tuesday at record low for a sixth straight meeting, while the vast majority of the respondents expect no change to the cash rate until mid-2023.

"In last few weeks, we have seen the Bank of Canada and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand start to move a little away from their very accommodative stances. With Australia, it probably won't happen this time, but will be interesting to watch out for some of the wordings," said Damian Rooney from Argonaut.

Financials closed 0.6% lower, with the so-called "Big Four" banks closing in the red.

Tech stocks were dragged lower by losses in Link Administration and Nuix Ltd.

Link, PEXA's largest shareholder, ended 6.2% lower after the company said it would take the online real-estate firm public.

Macquarie-backed Nuix sunk to yet another record low after cutting its outlook for the second time in a little over five weeks.

Domestic gold stocks, however, rose 1.5% on the back of strong bullion prices, with heavyweight Newcrest Mining Ltd gaining 0.6%.

New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index closed 1.1% higher at 12,320.72.

A2 Milk Company dropped 23.4% in May, their worst monthly decline since early 2009, as the dairy producer slashed its annual 2021 sales forecast for the third time earlier this month. (Reporting by Harish Sridharan in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

© Reuters 2021
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
CLASS III MILK FUTURES (DC) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 -0.06% 16.47 End-of-day quote.4.56%
CLASS IV MILK?FUTURES (GDK) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 0.00% 15.99 End-of-day quote.15.74%
DRY WHEY?FUTURES (DY) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 0.00% 59.95 End-of-day quote.35.63%
LINK ADMINISTRATION HOLDINGS LIMITED -0.41% 4.84 End-of-day quote.-12.79%
NEWCREST MINING LIMITED 0.30% 26.49 End-of-day quote.2.75%
NONFAT DRY MILK FUTURES (GNF) - CMG (ELECTRONIC)/C1 0.00% 125.7 End-of-day quote.11.23%
NUIX LIMITED -1.98% 2.48 End-of-day quote.-69.94%
S&P GSCI CLASS III MILK (USD) 0.62% 124.2217 Delayed Quote.-7.03%
THE A2 MILK COMPANY LIMITED -4.60% 6.22 End-of-day quote.-48.47%
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Sales 2021 1 228 M 856 M 856 M
Net income 2021 104 M 72,3 M 72,3 M
Net cash 2021 680 M 474 M 474 M
P/E ratio 2021 47,9x
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Capitalization 4 624 M 3 227 M 3 223 M
EV / Sales 2021 3,21x
EV / Sales 2022 2,74x
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