Sharemarket up early after more Wall St gains

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New Zealand’s sharemarket has started strongly after a third straight day of gains on Wall Street.

At about 11am the benchmark NZX50 index was up 27.587 points to 2519.211, a 1.1% gain.

Most major stocks are up, with Telecom rising 5c to $2.40, Contact Energy gaining 8c to move to $5.68 and Fletcher Building moving up 7c to $5.38.

NZX is up 13c to $5.75, Rakon is up 7c to $1.04, and TelstraClear is up 15c to $4.10.

Sky Television and Sky City are both up 4c, to $3.85 and $2.70 respectively.

The market has reacted positively to the Warehouse’s half-year profit announcement, with shares in the retailer up 5c to $3.50.

Stocks making losses early on include Air New Zealand, down 2c to 84c, Port of Tauranga, down 1c to $5.15, Tower, down 1c to $1.33, and Westpac, down 5c to $21.

Yesterday’s relatively small cut in the Official Cash Rate, which dropped it 50 basis points to 3%, has had a positive effect on the New Zealand dollar, which is currently trading at just over US52c.

 


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NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7473 -0.0013 -0.17%
AUD 0.9586 -0.0032 -0.33%
EUR 0.6786 -0.0002 -0.03%
GBP 0.4902 -0.0009 -0.18%
HKD 5.7964 -0.0114 -0.20%
JPY 89.7170 -0.1880 -0.21%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1198.1 -2.780 2015-03-05T00:
Oil Brent 61.0 -0.250 2015-03-05T00:
Oil Nymex 52.5 1.050 2015-03-05T00:
Silver Index 16.1 0.000 2015-03-05T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5856.8 5903.6 5856.8 0.79%
NASDAQ 4979.9 4993.5 4967.1 0.32%
DAX 11427.6 11532.8 11390.4 1.00%
DJI 18096.9 18160.3 18096.9 0.21%
FTSE 6919.2 6968.6 6919.2 0.61%
HKSE 24235.8 24294.4 24193.0 -0.17%
NI225 18814.8 18979.6 18751.8 1.17%