After trading higher by half a percent for most of the day, the benchmark ASX 200 ended up just 0.07% higher, taking its weekly gain to 0.70%.

Properties and miners were the major winners, while travel stocks dragged the index down.

The local bourse was boosted by the latest payroll numbers, which showed an increase of 0.2% in the fortnight to September 25th.

Today’s report released by the ABS comes a day after the National Skills Commission reported that skilled job vacancies rose nationally by 4.9% in September.

“But uncertainties remain, including about how the nature of the virus could change over time, and so the risks to Australia and the global economy remain heightened,” Secretary to the Treasury, Dr Steven Kennedy told 7News.

Those uncertainties brought down the travel sector today, with stocks like Flight Centre (ASX:FLT) and Webjet (ASX:WEB) down between 3-5%.

Embattled casino group, Crown Resorts (ASX:CWN) was down 0.32%, and faced the music from angry shareholders who gave the Board a second strike at today’s AGM.

Crown shareholders were fumed after learning that sacked executives were given multimillion dollar golden handhsakes, but chairman Jane Halton defended the payments saying they were legitimate.

Meanwhile, Bitcoin has retreated to US$64,500, after surging to as high as US$67k overnight.

Earlier, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sent the crypto market into a mini frenzy with his mysterious tweet (open to your own interpretation):

BIG CAP WINNERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
PPT Perpetual Limited 40.38 7.8% 470,396 $2,121,563,957
CIM Cimic Group Ltd 21.88 5.9% 996,952 $6,434,494,232
HLS Healius 4.75 4.4% 3,968,260 $2,835,366,907
NIC Nickel Mines Limited 1.095 4.3% 16,844,271 $2,640,780,504
PEB Pacific Edge 1.4 4.1% 49,963 $1,064,763,975
AMP AMP Limited 1.165 4.0% 16,830,376 $3,658,038,555
SCG Scentre Grp 3.11 3.3% 14,490,047 $15,623,038,800
ALL Aristocrat Leisure 47.1 3.3% 3,692,367 $29,121,980,882
PNI Pinnacle Investment 16.6 2.9% 920,819 $3,111,811,939
IMD Imdex Limited 2.84 2.9% 1,232,852 $1,094,208,624
CWY Cleanaway Waste Ltd 2.85 2.9% 17,105,885 $5,710,712,657
ORA Orora Limited 3.23 2.9% 3,084,040 $2,750,720,959
NEA Nearmap Ltd 2.21 2.8% 2,839,903 $1,070,251,656
MEZ Meridian Energy 4.83 2.8% 145,247 $5,927,129,834
ALU Altium Limited 37.15 2.7% 449,524 $4,756,551,025
XRO Xero Ltd 150.05 2.6% 417,263 $21,723,296,752

 

Funds group Perpetual (ASX:PPT) soared 8% after announcing an increase to its assets under management (AUM) to $101 billion as at 30 September.

It was an increase of 2.7% from the previous period, with inflows seen in both its Australian and international asset management businesses.

Healthcare company Healius (ASX:HLS) was up nearly 5 % after reporting a 44% growth in its group revenue to $689.9m for Q1.

The strong earnings growth were underpinned by elevated COVID testing revenue, as well as cost control restructuring.

“Looking to the remainder of FY22, we believe COVID PCR testing will be part of the health landscape for years, however, we expect that testing levels will fluctuate,” said Healius CEO, Dr Malcolm Parmenter.

Aristocrat Leisure (ASX:ALL) rose 3% to $47.14, after securing $895 million from institutional investors at the offer price of $41.85

The company is raising funds to support the $3.9 billion takeover of Playtech announced earlier this week.

 

BIG CAP LOSERS

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Code Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
ABB Aussie Broadband 4.68 -6.4% 1,787,499 $1,119,159,755
FLT Flight Centre Travel 20.39 -5.8% 8,736,597 $4,320,196,122
OML Ooh!Media Limited 1.875 -5.1% 2,305,371 $1,182,325,599
ERA Energy Resources 0.42 -4.5% 545,658 $1,624,208,607
SUL Super Ret Rep Ltd 12.65 -4.4% 1,185,625 $2,987,684,595
YAL Yancoal Aust Ltd 3.35 -3.7% 237,216 $4,595,129,241
A2M The A2 Milk Company 7.13 -3.5% 6,006,899 $5,495,295,828
29M 29Metalslimited 2.65 -3.3% 1,991,269 $1,316,446,700
CDA Codan Limited 12.9 -3.2% 1,054,629 $2,411,182,854
AEF Australian Ethical 12.28 -3.2% 186,429 $1,425,068,910
SZL Sezzle Inc. 5.97 -3.1% 175,806 $1,220,373,887
WEB Webjet Limited 6.31 -3.1% 5,567,806 $2,477,118,922
AVZ AVZ Minerals Ltd 0.33 -2.9% 15,688,600 $1,094,178,711
OCL Objective Corp 19.71 -2.9% 20,983 $1,915,733,530
TWE Treasury Wine Estate 11.65 -2.8% 1,772,211 $8,654,959,630

Woodside Petroleum (ASX:WPL) fell by 2% despite reporting an 19% increase in revenue for Q1 to $1.53bn.