Miners and Financials lifted local shares today, as the ASX 200 defied Wall Street’s falls overnight to climb 1.07%.

In mining, large gold stocks like AngloGold Ashanti (ASX:AGG) bounced back from yesterday’s falls, while iron ore majors like Fortescue (ASX:FMG) gained +2%.

Banking stocks also rallied strongly buoyed by the record quarter reported by Macquarie Group (ASX:MQG).

Travel stocks have taken off again today, in the wake of PM Scott Morrison yesterday putting a date to the uncorking of Australia’s international borders – the 21st of February

The only sector to have fallen today was Tech, down by more than 1.5% following a selloff in US tech stocks overnight.

Meanwhile, the Roy Morgan ANZ consumer sentiment survey fell 1.9pts to 99.9 during the first week of February. Australia’s consumer confidence is currently still a significant 11.5pts below the same week a year ago.

BIG CAP WINNERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
WEB Webjet Limited 5.95 8.0% 8,558,724 $2,096,609,103
MFG Magellan Fin Grp Ltd 17.62 7.2% 3,095,065 $3,051,264,656
FLT Flight Centre Travel 20.25 6.9% 7,437,537 $3,781,076,275
SUN Suncorp Group Ltd 12.075 5.9% 4,728,157 $14,393,696,726
SKC Skycity Ent Grp Ltd 2.875 5.3% 739,871 $2,075,360,221
AVZ AVZ Minerals Ltd 0.8 5.3% 16,584,729 $2,623,567,941
VEA Viva Energy Group 2.39 4.8% 8,387,268 $3,537,398,253
AIZ Air New Zealand 1.55 4.7% 1,228,073 $1,661,809,456
CTD Corp Travel Limited 23 4.5% 374,191 $3,118,454,960
HUB HUB24 Ltd 27.43 4.3% 264,279 $1,804,141,234
MQG Macquarie Group Ltd 202.24 4.2% 918,224 $74,435,314,531
CIA Champion Iron Ltd 7.03 4.1% 1,486,921 $3,419,630,163
ASM Ausstratmaterials 8.61 4.1% 382,552 $1,153,714,670
SGR The Star Ent Grp 3.71 3.6% 3,992,946 $3,408,210,872
EML EML Payments Ltd 3.14 3.6% 1,050,770 $1,131,534,544
BHP BHP Group Limited 49.1 3.6% 20,956,436 $239,903,495,974
SCP SCA Property Group 2.9 3.6% 3,472,304 $3,125,601,528

Suncorp Group (ASX:SUN) rose despite cutting its interim dividend after  group NPAT was down 20.8% to $388 million. Suncorp CEO Steve Johnson said the group’s insurance business has been challenged by the La Niña climate pattern and Covid-19 challenges.

Macquarie Group reported a record quarter and upgraded its guidance for M&A fees, following a boom in deals last quarter. The bank completed 126 M&A transactions valued at $105b during the quarter. 

Travel stocks Flight Centre (ASX:FLT) and Webjet (ASX:WEB) rose over 5% following yesterday’s reopening announcement.

BIG CAP LOSERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
APX Appen Limited 8.31 -6.7% 3,017,168 $1,096,597,502
SQ2 Block 142.18 -6.2% 257,024 $14,459,297,826
NAN Nanosonics Limited 4.8 -4.8% 8,633,140 $1,520,965,167
SDR Siteminder 5.82 -4.6% 177,276 $1,657,752,830
PBH Pointsbet Holdings 5.07 -3.8% 1,676,002 $1,389,167,415
JDO Judo Cap Holdings 1.9275 -3.1% 1,070,373 $2,199,957,682
IMD Imdex Limited 2.8 -3.1% 2,456,794 $1,145,747,436
NCK Nick Scali Limited 13.52 -3.0% 1,349,909 $1,129,140,000
PRU Perseus Mining Ltd 1.485 -2.9% 6,657,882 $1,886,558,192
MGF Magellan Global Fund 1.605 -2.7% 7,525,356 $2,607,110,887
OCL Objective Corp 16.05 -2.7% 11,944 $1,560,283,247
REA REA Group 136.51 -2.4% 250,440 $18,485,841,003
CPU Computershare Ltd 19.92 -2.4% 1,963,438 $12,322,115,748
INR Ioneer Ltd 0.615 -2.4% 6,814,020 $1,291,845,491
MCY Mercury NZ Limited 5.42 -2.3% 59,998 $7,560,770,178
CRN Coronado Global Res 1.46 -2.3% 2,414,629 $2,506,298,326

Nanosonics (ASX:NAN) fell as much as 15% today after revealing that its agreement with GE Healthcare will be revised starting today.

In the new agreement, GE will transition to a pass-through model where NAN will manage all inventory, ship, install and training of new customers who then become Nanosonics’ own customers.