Nearly all sectors are in positive territory, with energy and healthcare plays leading the way. Only consumer staples are showing a loss.
There have been a host of company results and announcements today, including
Woolworths reporting worse-than-expected profit and a gloomy outlook, with the stock down approximately 5% on the news
Iluka reporting a first-half net profit of $145.9 million, with the stock trading more than 6% higher
Leighton Holdings’ CEO stepping down after just eight-months in the job, with LEI trading more than 3% lower
Transfield reporting a $19.7 million net loss, with the stock trading as much as 30% lower at one point
Around the region, Asian markets are all trading higher with the Shanghai Composite up 1%, and the Hang Seng and Nikkei up 1.5% each.