• The ASX 200 regains yesterday’s losses as Energy stocks lift the bourse
  • Aussie unemployment rate inches higher
  • Xi-Putin meeting in focus


Energy stocks led the ASX higher today as the benchmark index recovered some of yesterday’s losses.

At the close of Thursday, the benchmark ASX 200 index was up by 0.20%, with the Energy sector gaining almost 4%.

Oil prices gained 1-2% as China begins to ease some of its COVID lockdowns.

The city of Chengdu is reportedly lifting its lockdown today as a recent outbreak came under control.

Another welcome news out of China is that the Chinese central bank (POBC) will provide more than 200 billion yuan (US$28.7 billion) in special funds to commercial banks to boost loans to companies – the latest effort by the government to support the economy.

Oil prices were also lifted after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said it expected growth in oil demand to resume strongly in 2023.

The IEA has cut its forecast for demand growth for 2022 by 110,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 2 million bpd, but predicts that demand will grow to 2.1 million bpd in 2023.

Most energy stocks rose today, with Woodside Energy (ASX:WDS), Whitehaven Coal (ASX:WHC) and Santos (ASX:STO) leading the way.

Meanwhile, the Australian employment rate has inched higher from 3.4% in July to 3.5% in August –  according to data released by the ABS today. In raw figures, the number of formally unemployed people increased by 13,400 to 487,700.

Whether it will be enough to slow down the pace of RBA rate hikes come October 4th remains to be seen.

“After hiking rates by 50bps, markets are now pricing in a 25bps hike next month although as we’ve seen so often this year, that could quickly change with the data,” says OANDA analyst, Craig Erlam.

Looking ahead, the Xi-Putin meeting is now only hours away. The meeting will be closely watched especially now that Russia has lost ground in the Ukraine, and the Ukrainian president has vowed to take back Crimea from Russian hands – potentially prolonging the already 7-month old war.

On the economics front, lots of important data points are due out tonight including: US retail sales, US industrial production, US jobless claim, and the EU trade balance.



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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
CRN Coronado Global Res 1.85 9% 6,500,853 $2,841,589,072
NHC New Hope Corporation 5.815 6% 3,369,746 $4,570,226,416
WHC Whitehaven Coal 8.87 5% 8,265,971 $8,109,183,609
WDS Woodside Energy 33.7 4% 5,744,438 $61,405,567,594
CXL Calix Limited 7.38 4% 257,211 $1,145,756,762
WOR Worley Limited 14.39 4% 1,010,551 $7,263,966,552
BPT Beach Energy Limited 1.7075 3% 6,295,118 $3,764,200,532
SGR The Star Ent Grp 2.77 3% 3,573,890 $2,551,398,083
ANZ ANZ Banking Grp Ltd 23.7 3% 8,932,637 $68,618,750,085
STO Santos Ltd 7.935 3% 10,442,847 $25,803,407,301
PSI Psc Insurance Ltd 5.04 3% 460,589 $1,722,609,811
SYR Syrah Resources 1.88 3% 2,493,209 $1,222,919,376
BGP Briscoe Group 5.13 3% 10 $1,108,775,018
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Coals producers Coronado Global Resources (ASX:CRN) was up 9% and New Hope (ASX:NHC) was up 6% amid the positive sentiment on energy stocks.



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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
LKE Lake Resources 0.9325 -12% 49,455,493 $1,473,372,132
PPH Pushpay Holdings Ltd 0.9675 -10% 2,584,862 $1,226,443,498
S32 South32 Limited 4 -7% 38,009,323 $19,994,824,443
NAN Nanosonics Limited 3.77 -6% 661,888 $1,210,811,223
CEN Contact Energy Ltd 6.95 -5% 8,218 $1,820,609,582
CXO Core Lithium 1.51 -5% 27,167,286 $2,770,826,593
DMP Domino Pizza Enterpr 62.81 -5% 413,578 $5,709,612,390
FBU Fletcher Building 4.71 -4% 1,004,560 $3,860,746,415
SYA Sayona Mining Ltd 0.325 -4% 144,548,700 $2,823,470,224
SPK Spark New Zealand 4.55 -4% 1,362,983 $8,890,040,506
INR Ioneer Ltd 0.6625 -4% 7,617,807 $1,447,712,512
EVT Event Hospitality 13 -4% 144,563 $2,176,139,534
MCY Mercury NZ Limited 5.25 -4% 10,596 $7,532,218,389
HLS Healius 3.48 -4% 5,048,734 $2,096,502,410
ZIM Zimplats Holding Ltd 23.87 -3% 4,281 $2,658,649,930
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After being down 15% yesterday, Lake Resources (ASX:LKE) dropped another 12% today. On Wednesday, the company announced a project dispute at its Kachi Pilot plant. The dispute is over a certain earn-in milestones from its partner on the project.