Evening Market Commentary: Solid End To Soft Week
Aussie shares finished the week on a positive note, following a collective rally on international markets overnight.
Almost all of the sectors closed in positive territory, with IT the only one to buck the trend.
The major banks were mixed; NAB lost 0.6% whilst ANZ climbed 1.4%.
The big miners were also mixed, despite a strong night for commodity prices.
BHP advanced 0.4% whilst Rio Tinto declined 0.5%.
The S&P’s March quarterly rebalancing was the major newsworthy event of the day.
Centro Retail (+1.6%) and Beach Energy (flat) were added to the S&P/ASX 100 index, whilst Transfield Services (flat) and Goodman Fielder (+3%) were both removed.
Evolution Mining (+1.5%) was added to S&P/ASX 200 index, whilst Kagara and White Energy (-3.6%) were removed.
There were also a plethora of changes to the S&P/ASX 300 index and the All Ordinaries.
The ASX 200 added 18 points (+0.4%), to settle at 4273.
The market lost 0.8% for the week.