S&P/ASX 200 rises 0.64%; hits fresh 11-month high

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S&P/ASX 200 rises 0.64%; hits fresh 11-month high

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) has gained 0.64% to 6,786 by about 1.55 pm with the index hitting a fresh 11-month high of 6788 earlier this morning.

All sectors have gained with the technology sector rising the most with a 2.3% gain. Afterpay (ASX:APT) surged to a new record high of $142.30 earlier today.

BHP iron ore production rises

BHP Group (ASX:BHP) was 1.43% higher after reporting its numbers for the first half of FY2021.

The miner’s iron ore production was 6% higher at 128.4 million tonnes (Mt) with record production achieved at its WA operations.

FY2021 guidance for iron has also increased to between 245 and 255 Mt as a result of the restart of Samarco in Brazil.

BHP’s coal, copper and petroleum production are down compared to the corresponding half a year ago.

Top gainers

Today’s top gainers on the ASX include Archer Materials Ltd (ASX:AXE) (+27.88%), Core Lithium Ltd (ASX:CXO) (+16.28%), Northern Minerals Ltd (ASX:NTU) (+23.26%), Piedmont Lithium Ltd (ASX:PLL) (+14.95%), Strategic Elements Ltd (ASX:SOR) (+25.00%), Galileo Mining Ltd (ASX:GAL) (+27.27%) and RPM Automotive Group Ltd (ASX:RPM) (+20.51%).

Proactive news headlines:

RPM Automotive Group gears up for big 2021 after ground-breaking December quarter

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Venture Minerals raises $10 million to fully fund Riley Iron Ore Project and pave the way for first shipment

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Aeris Resources intersects more high-grade copper at Constellation deposit

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Orthocell receives nearly A$2.4 million in R&D tax incentive refund from Australian Government

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Archer Materials higher on hitting commercial milestone with first patent from Japan for 12CQ quantum computing chip

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Lithium Australia shareholders fully pay for 6.8 million LITCF shares raising another $340,850

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Theta Gold Mines moves into bullion management with initial A$700,000 investment in Bullion Asset Management of Singapore

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Fenix Resources continues to progress Iron Ridge Iron Ore Project with first shipment set for early

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PolarX targets year-round newsflow following acquisition of Humboldt Range Gold-Silver Project

PolarX Ltd (ASX:PXX) (FRA:PX0) is hoping to provide shareholders with year-round newsflow in the near future, following the acquisition of the Humboldt Range Gold-Silver Project in Nevada.

Moho Resources kicks off maiden reverse circulation drilling program at Crossroads Gold-Silver prospect

Moho Resources Ltd (ASX:MOH) has commenced its maiden reverse circulation (RC) drilling program at Crossroads Gold-Silver Prospect, part of its Burracoppin Gold Project, within E70/4688, which is subject to a 70:30 joint venture with IGO Ltd (ASX:IGO) (OTCMKTS:IPGDF) (FRA:IDZ).

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