Why Santos Ltd is among 4 shares rocketing higher today

The S&P / ASX 200 (ASX: XJO) is 1.4% higher at 5,746 points in mid-morning trade today after news broke from the G20 conference of world leaders in Argentina that the US and China had agreed on a de-escalation to the trade dispute between the two superpowers. This outcome has sent a number of well-known ASX shares shooting far higher than the market. So let’s take a look at why.

The Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) share price is up 4.5% to $4.18 as investors bet that an ending of the trade dispute and tariffs between the US and China could send the iron ore price higher. It’s the key steel-making ingredient used in all construction projects and demand for the red metal tends to rise when China’s growth is strongest. Recently its chairman Andrew Forrest also spent $23 million on shares, which suggests he’s very confident in the group’s future.

The Graincorp Ltd (ASX: GNC) share price is up a huge 27% to $9.25 this morning after the grain retailer revealed it was the subject of a takeover offer at $10.42 per share from Long Term Asset Partners Pty Ltd. The shares are probably trading at a big discount to the offer price as the federal government previously blocked a 2013 takeover bid from US business Archer Daniels Midland. This time though the takeover bidders are described as “Australian investors”.

The Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) share price is 5.4% higher at $5.82 after the LNG giant reported that it was delivering “first gas” from its Bayu Undan infill well program after completing the Timor Sea-based offshore project on time and 40% below budget. Santos holds an 11.5% interest in the project which is operated under the terms of a joint venture by ConocoPhillips.

The Bellamy’s Australia Ltd (ASX: BAL) share price is 7% higher to $7.83 despite the organic infant formula retailer releasing no specific news to the market. Its rival the a2 Milk Company Ltd (ASX: A2M) did update investors over progress on new cross-border e-commerce rules for selling into China today, and investors might be taking heart from this news.

Motley Fool contributor Yulia Mosaleva has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of A2 Milk. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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