Australia scored a record day with more than 270,000 people getting vaccinated today.

The ASX 200 is also setting another record of its own, having touched an intraday record high of 7,632 before closing the day at 7,628 for a gain of 0.54%.

Ten out of 11 sectors were in the green with Healthcare being the best performer rising by around 1.95%. The Materials sector fell modestly by 0.01%.

Meanwhile, the ASX 200 closed the week 1.2% higher, and is now up by 14% this year.

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Australian Strategic Materials (ASX:ASM) was the best performing stock today, rising by 18% on no specific news.

But giant health stock CSL (ASX:CSL) looks to be the main driver for the Health sector and broader index today.

CSL rose by 2.0%, and although there were no specific news, investors might be buying the stock in expectations of a solid earnings report to be released next week.

Amongst a number of catalysts expected to drive CSL’s full year earnings, the company generates most of its business in the US, and the rising US dollar could become an additional tailwind for the results.

Another giant health stock Cochlear (ASX:COH) also rose on the health sector sentiment, gaining 1.6% on no news.

Bookmaker PointsBet (ASX:PBH) rose by almost 1.9% after announcing a regulatory approval from the West Virginia Lottery Commission, allowing it to launch its operations in the State.

 

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Miners were generally lower today amid falling commodity prices.

Market darling Chalice Mining (ASX:CHN) fell by 5% on no news.