Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO)(ASX: XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) indices finished lower on Wednesday.
Here’s a short recap of the Australian market:
- S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) lower 0.31% to 6,553.00
- ALL ORDINARIES (Index: ^AXAO) (ASX: XAO) lower 0.26% to 6,656.10
- AUD/USD at US 68 cents
- Gold at US$1,538.22 an ounce
- Brent Oil at US$58.56 a barrel
The best-performing ASX 200 share today was the Metcash Limited (ASX: MTS) share price which rose 3.5%.
The falling share market helped the share prices of many gold companies rise today, such as the Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) share price which increased by 3.2%.
Plumbing and pipe business Reece Ltd (ASX: REH) rose 0.1% after announcing a US-based bolt-on acquisition to the market.
The share price of Spark New Zealand Ltd (ASX: SPK) also climbed in reaction to an announced acquisition, it rose by 2.2%.
The Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS) share price was unmoved after the lithium miner went into a trading halt for a capital raising.
The share price of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) declined by 0.1% with Australia’s GDP growth being better than expected, but still the lowest annual growth amount since the GFC.
CSR Limited (ASX: CSR) saw its share price fall 6.6%, it recorded the heaviest decline in the ASX 200 today.
Here are some of today’s top stories:
- How to invest in ASX shares for beginners
- Afterpay share price rises above $32 – is it a buy?
- Red flags: Why the Amaysim share price is now down 73% in 2 years
- Why Xero can even make accounting look sexy at #Xerocon Brisbane
Australia’s economy is not in a strong position. It may get better soon, but I like the idea of owning these defensive shares for whatever happens next.
With interest rates likely to stay at rock bottom for months (or YEARS) to come, income-minded investors have nowhere to turn... except dividend shares. That’s why The Motley Fool’s top analysts have just prepared a brand-new report, laying out their top 3 dividend bets for 2019.
Hint: These are 3 shares you’ve probably never come across before.
They’re not the banks. Not Woolies or Wesfarmers or any of the “usual suspects.”
We think these 3 shares offer solid growth prospects over the next 12 months. Each of these three companies boasts fully franked yields and could be a great fit for your diversified portfolio. You’ll discover all three names and codes in "The Motley Fool’s Top 3 Dividend Shares for 2019."
Even better, your copy is free when you click the link below. Fair warning: This report is brand new and may not be available forever. Click the link below to be among the first investors to get access to this timely, important new research!
The names of these top 3 dividend bets are all included. But you will have to hurry. Depending on demand – and how quickly the share prices of these companies move – we may be forced to remove this report.
Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. 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.