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S&P/ASX 200 in the green as consumer confidence hits 13-week high

Gold rose 1% to US$1,878.33 per ounce yesterday, erasing early losses as the US dollar retreated from a two-month peak ahead of the US presidential debates this week.

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Brent crude settled 1.22%, higher at US$42.43 per barrel as global equities rallied on hopes for another US stimulus package

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) is trading just above the flatline at around 1.50 pm as the weekly ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence rating rose by 1.2% to a 13-week high of 93.5.

Confidence has increased in five of the past six weeks. It is up by 43.2% since hitting record lows of 65.3 on March 29 (long-run average since 1990 is 112.6).

Banks and miners fall

The S&P/ASX 200 rose by as much as 0.7% per cent at open but has handed back most of its early gains as the big banks joined the miners in the red.

Financial stocks fell with all the big four banks in the red. BHP Group Ltd (ASX:BHP) was 0.7% down and Rio Tinto (ASX:RIO) was 1.2% lower.

Retail sales data

The Kepler index of retail sales reported that aggregate sales in Australia rose by 8.8% last week (September 20), but was still down 27.3% on the year.

Average transaction value fell by 1.9% last week but was still up 28.6% on a year ago.

Top gainers

Today’s top gainers on the ASX include Altech Chemicals Ltd (ASX:ATC) (+12.28%), Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:PAR) (+15.77%), Blue Star Helium Ltd (ASX:BNL) (+12.12%), Ioneer Ltd (ASX:INR) (+25.00%), Corazon Mining Ltd (ASX:CZN) (+50.00%), Piedmont Lithium Ltd (ASX:PLL) (+38.18%) and Pure Minerals Ltd (ASX:PM1) (+16.67%).

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