Local stocks continued to edge higher to end the week, although there was a notable tone of caution compared to the previous three days.

The ASX200 finished almost flat at 0.11%, only dragged into the green by the Consumer Staples index (comprised of companies like the big grocers), as Sydney’s COVID-19 situation goes from bad to worse.

The ASX200 consumer discretionary also gained ground to finish 0.52% higher. Oil & gas stocks hit the breaks as the ASX Energy index fell more than 1%, with smaller declines in resources.

The big banks struggled for traction, and the ASX200 financials index finished 0.49% lower.

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Electro Optic Systems (ASX:EOS) started strongly and rose throughout the day to close 7.2% higher, following the release of its Q4 trading update.

The company, which makes laser technology that can break up space debris, reported net operating cash flows of $17.3m on cash receipts of $65.5m.

As June quarter reporting season gets into full swing, Nickel Mines (ASX:NIC) posted solid gains on a trading update of its own, as did Western Areas (ASX:WSA) after announcing it produced 4,911 nickel tonnes in ore in Q4 — its highest production quota of the year.

Gold play Evolution Mining (ASX:EVN) was also among the winners, after announcing the successful completion of its fully-underwritten $400m share placement to sophisticated investors.

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On the other side of the quarterlies coin, Silver Lake Resources (ASX:SLR) dipped following its quarterly production update, where it said it met the upper end of sales guidance “notwithstanding the challenging operational conditions prevalent in Western Australia throughout FY21”.