At lunch on Wednesday the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) is on course to snap its winning streak. The benchmark index is down 0.9% to 5,358.2 points at the time of writing.
Here’s what is happening on the market today:
Bank shares drop lower.
The big four banks are acting as a major drag on proceedings on Wednesday. All four banks are trading notably lower at lunch. The worst performer in the group is the National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) share price with a 3.3% decline.
JB Hi-Fi sales surge.
The JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) share price is pushing higher today after releasing a strong third quarter sales update. JB HI-FI Australia delivered an 11.6% increase in total sales and an 11.3% lift in same store sales during the third quarter. Whereas The Good Guys business performed even better and recorded total and same store sales growth of 13.9%. Pleasingly, this positive form has continued in April and early May. Working and entertaining at home drove the sales surge. This news has given the Harvey Norman Holdings Limited (ASX: HVN) share price a lift as well.
National Storage competes institutional placement.
The National Storage REIT (ASX: NSR) share price is sinking lower today after completing its fully underwritten $300 million institutional placement. The storage giant raised the funds at a 7.1% discount of $1.57. These funds will be used to strengthen its balance sheet, replenish investment capacity and provide additional funding flexibility. The company will now seek to raise up to $30 million via a security purchase plan.
Best and worst ASX 200 performers.
The best performer on the ASX 200 on Wednesday has been the EML Payments Ltd (ASX: EML) share price with a 6% gain. This is despite there being no news out of the payments company. The worst performer is the National Storage share price with a 6% decline. This follows the completion of its institutional placement this morning.
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